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22 September 2016

WINNERS OF THE 2016 YAMAHA BYMT SUMMER PIANO & COMPOSITION SCHOOL

Written by LADW

LUNCH TIME PIANO CONCERTS  -  28 September and 5 October

YAMAHA MUSIC OF LONDON CONCERT HALL

WEDNESDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 1PM

ANDREW WATSON
Schubert/Liszt Valse Caprice
Debussy Deux Arabesques.
Debussy Poissons d'Or.
Kreisler/Rachmaninoff Liebeslied.

Biography:
Andrew grew up in Leeds in Yorkshire and studied briefly at Leeds College of Music before going on to Cambridge University to take a degree in Natural Sciences. Whilst at Cambridge he took the advanced piano performance diploma at the Royal College of Music and performed the piano and trumpet with numerous orchestras, operas, musicals and bands.
 
For many years, Andrew helped with the administration of the Leeds International Piano Competition and it was there that he met his future wife, the Bulgarian pianist Lora Dimitrova. Together with two other pianists and a drummer they have toured around Europe as Quattro Piano Plus, playing classical and popular music which they have arranged for 4 pianos and percussion.
 
Away from music, Andrew has a passion for computing, business and finance. He is a member of the British Computer Society and has an MBA from CASS Business School in the heart of London's financial district. As his full time profession, he has run his own company for the last 20 years providing consultancy to the UK Financial Services Regulators and financial institutions.

ALEX LAU
Alex “Luke Pizza” Lau. Piano Sonata in B minor (August 2015).
I: Allegro maestoso
II: Minuet-Trio
III: Romance
IV: Finale

Biography:
Alex grew up in Sydenham and Bromley. He started learning the piano at the age of 8, and soon after was to begin cultivating a deep interest in improvisation and composing which continues to this day. His first completed piece was a Viennesse style waltz of only three pages.
Over the following years his style was to mellow as his knowledge of music theory and listening/playing repertoire was to expand. He was to start his first serious work; the Piano Sonata no. 1, in June 2014; completed in November 2014. This was his first venture into the Sonata-allegro form. 
Today, Alex's music is characterised by humour, poignance and virtuosity. His interest in combining ragtime with the Romantic mode of expression led him to write Trois Rags de Concert (finished in May 2016); three rags which explore the possibilities of structure and harmonic colour within the rhythmic modes of ragtime.
As a pianist, he plays mainly Rachmaninoff, classic ragtime by Joplin, Chas Johnson etc., and his own compositions. He also does contemporary improvisation and is beginning to pick up jazz.
Alex's other interests are Mathematics and Philosophy, the former of which he will begin studying in Cambridge in October.


ANDREW & ALEX – 4 HANDS DUET:
Brahms Hungarian Dances
No.2.
No.7.
No.5.


WEDNESDAY 5 OCTOBER 1PM

DIANA FENTON
Mozart Sonata in B flat major KV 570 Allegro
Brahms Capriccio in F sharp minor Op 76 no. 1
Debussy Preludes   Danseuses de Delphes  
Les Collines d'Anacapri  
La Danse de Minstrels

Biography:
Diana studied the viola and piano at the Royal Northern College of Music and worked afterwards as a professional orchestral and chamber music player in England and America. She later worked full time as a peripatetic strings teacher.
In recent years Diana has focused her musical career more on the piano, teaching privately, performing and continuing to develop her skills studying some of the vast piano repertoire with Lora Dimitrova. She is a member of the advanced piano classes at Bromley Music Trust and Morley College. She has also taken part in the Kent and Bromley International piano schools.


DAVID DREEBIN
Domenico Scarlatti – Sonata in D  K.96
Alexander Scriabin – Five Preludes Opus 16
Fryderyk Chopin – Impromptu no. 2 in F sharp, Opus 36

Biography:
David Dreebin was born in Streatham, London, and began piano at age 7. He gained a teaching diploma from the Royal Academy of Music in London in his twenties, and currently attends master classes at Morley College under Martino Tirimo and advanced piano classes in Bromley with Lora Dimitrova, as well as enjoying summer schools in piano solo and accompaniment. He has won numerous awards at many festivals in and around Greater London. Performances include recitals at various local venues, and several at the NPL Musical Society, Teddington. He also gives regular recitals annually at Hampstead’s Burgh House, a lovely listed building and museum that holds regular concerts. David has accompanied several singers, in concert as well as playing solo. He has taught piano regularly for many years, a profession which he combines with a daytime job in IT. He is also an occasional composer. Future engagements include a piano and song recital at Burgh House, Hampstead, on Sunday 30 October 2016 at 3pm.

Outside music, David studied a chemistry degree at BSc and MSc levels at London University and worked in the scientific field for a short while before going into computer programming and IT generally. He also has an interest in visiting art galleries and country walking.

MATTHEW BAKER
Schubert - Impromptu Op.90 No.3  (6 minutes)
Chopin - Nocturne Op.62 No.2  (6 minutes)
Debussy - Deux Arabesques L.66 (8 minutes)

Biography:
Matthew Baker (20) started learning the keyboard with the Croydon Music School aged 6 and then at age 7 commenced piano lessons with Janet Bishop. More recently he has been studying with Lora Dimitrova, head of keyboard at BYMT and is currently studying for a BMus at Trinity Laban Conservatoire with Professor Mikhail Kazakevich. Matthew has had the opportunity to play as a pianist and saxophonist in the prestigious Bromley Youth Concert Band and Symphonic Winds, going on tours abroad and performing at the Royal Albert Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall. He has also given concerts as part of a saxophone quartet and piano quintet. Matthew regularly performs in local festivals and has won prizes at both the Bromley and Beckenham festivals. Winner of the Lewington Cup at the Yamaha International Summer School in 2015 Matthew is delighted to be performing his second recital here at Yamaha Music London. We hope you enjoy his performance.

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