Date(s) - 17/Sep/2014
Mazda Hall at 7 pm
In a programme of Beethoven: Sonata No. 26 Op. 81a (Les Adieux), Sonata Op. 31 No. 2 (Tempest) and Schubert: Sonata No. 21 D 960
Maria João Pires was born in Lisbon in 1944 and made her first public performance at the age of seven with Mozart’s Piano Concertos in Oporto, Portugal. She first studied at the Lisbon Conservatory then continued her studies in Germany, first at the Munich Music Academy then in Hanover with Karl Engel. Maria João Pires has appeared worldwide with all the major orchestras. She is a keen performer of chamber music and in recent years, she has been heard at all the major international festivals. She gives recitals in Japan, Germany, Solignac, Warsaw, Lucerne and Wigmore Hall, London. Maria João Pires has an extensive discography. Future projects include Beethoven Piano Concertos 3 and 4 with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Harding on the Onyx label, due for release in autumn 2014.
Julien Brocal started learning the piano at the age of 5 and performed on stage at the Salle Cortot in Paris at the age of 7 years. He studied with Erik Berchot at the Conservatoire National de Région de Marseille and with Rena Shereshevskaya at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot. Maria João Pires heard him in January 2013 at the Cité de la Musique in Paris and invited him to develop artistic projects in residence at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth and to participate from the starting of the Partitura Project in 2014. Julien plays regularly from an early age in France and abroad. He is regularly invited by Gaëlle Le Gallic France Musique and in several festivals in France.