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Chloë Hanslip and Danny Driver Photo by Kaupo Kikkas    

Concert No 3

8pm Saturday 17th November 2018
at Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre

Chloë Hanslip (Violin)
Danny Driver (Piano)

Supported by the sale of CDs
donated by the late David Simmons

  "Hanslip’s poetic touch kept every note
alive and fresh"
- The Times

Chloë Hanslip (Violin) (b. 1987) has already established herself as an artist of distinction on the international stage. Prodigiously talented, she made her BBC Proms debut in 2002 and her US concerto debut in 2003, and has performed at major venues in the UK (Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall), Europe (Vienna Musikverein, Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Paris Louvre and Salle Gaveau, St Petersburg Hermitage) as well as Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Arts Space in Tokyo and the Seoul Arts Centre.

Her performances have included the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Bern Symphony Orchestra, Bremen Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Lahti Symphony, Moscow State Symphony, Norwegian Radio, Real Filharmonia Galicia, Vienna Tonkünstler Orchester, Hamburg Symfoniker, Czech National Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Orchestra Regionale Toscana, Helsingborg Symphony, Royal Flemish Philharmonic and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra. Further afield her engagements include the Cincinnati Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Malaysia Philharmonic, Adelaide Symphony, Auckland Philharmonina and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. She has collaborated with conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Andrew Davis, Mariss Jansons, Paavo Järvi, Charles Dutoit, Michail Jurowski and Jeffrey Tate.

Chloë has an extensive discography, most recently recording for Hyperion, her first release on the label featured Violin Concertos by Vieuxtemps (Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra/Brabbins). Her CD of York Bowen Sonatas with Danny Driver received recommendations from Gramophone (Choice) and The Strad and her other Hyperionrecordings include Glazunov/Schoeck Concertos and Medtner Violin Sonatas. Other notable recordings include BruchConcertos with the London Symphony Orchestra (Warner Classics) for which she won the Echo Klassik Award for ‘Best Newcomer' (2002) and 'Young British Classical Performer' at the Classical BRITS (2003), and a highly acclaimed recording of John Adams Violin Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Slatkin.

Hanslip’s wide-­‐ranging repertoire spans Concertos by Britten, Prokofiev, Beethoven, Brahms, Korngold, Shostakovich, Barber, Bernstein, Delius, Mendelssohn, Bruch, Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Walton and Sibelius. With a particular passion for contemporary repertoire, in recent years she has performed works by Adams, Glass, Corigliano, Nyman, Huw Watkins, Peter Maxwell Davies and Brett Dean. A committed chamber musician, she is a regular participant in Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove and at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland. Her recital partners include Angela Hewitt, Danny Driver, Igor Tchetuev and Charles Owen.

Highlights of the 2016-­‐17 season include concerto performances with the Royal Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Orchestra della Toscana, Auckland Philharmonia and Malmo Symphony. With regular duo partner Danny Driver, she undertakes a complete Beethoven Violin Sonata cycle at Turner Sims Concert Hall, a recital at London’s Wigmore Hall and will continue her chamber music collaborations at the Bergen Festival.

Chloë studied for ten years with the Russian pedagogue Zakhar Bron. She has also worked with Christian Tetzlaff, Robert Masters, Ida Haendel, Salvatore Accardo, and Gerhard Schulz.

She plays a Guarneri del Gesu 1737.


Danny Driver (Piano)

The enthusiasm and appreciation of audiences and critics around the world has cemented Danny Driver’s international reputation as a versatile and creative pianist of sophistication, interpretative insight and musical depth. His studies at Cambridge University and the Royal College of Music inspired his holistic approach to performance and have enabled him to cultivate a broad repertoire encompassing a singular mix of canonic and less known keyboard works. As comfortable with Bach and Handel as he is with György Ligeti and Thomas Adès, notable recognition of Driver’s work has included three Gramophone Award nominations, Limelight Magazine’s Instrumental Recording of the Year 2014, and his recent inclusion in the New York Times’ list of 2017 Best Classical Recordings.

Concerto engagements have taken Driver to orchestras around the world such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Minnesota Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Hong Kong Pro Arte, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Uppsala Chamber Orchestra. His ongoing collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has been heard across the UK, at London’s Cadogan Hall and the BBC Proms, with conductors including Charles Dutoit, Alexander Shelley, and Mario Venzago. Elsewhere he has enjoyed performing with Andrew Litton, Martyn Brabbins, Marzena Diakun, Rebecca Miller, Rory Macdonald and Sir James Macmillan.

Recital invitations bring Driver to concert halls and music festivals across Europe, Asia and North America, and have established him as a familiar face at London’s Wigmore Hall in both solo and duo recitals. Highlights of his 2016-17 season included his first recitals at the Southbank Centre’s International Piano Series, Music Toronto, Salle Bourgie in Montreal, Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris, and several performances of Ligeti’s Piano Études interlaced with Debussy’s complete Images across the United States and in Osaka.

Danny Driver values ensemble collaboration as highly as his solo work, an approach reflected in his enthusiasm for chamber music festivals (Oxford May Music, O/ModƏrnt, Eilat, Bard Music Festival, Carducci Festival, and Australian Chamber Music Festival), and equally in long-standing musical partnerships with violinist Chloë Hanslip, cellist Oliver Coates, and baritone Christian Immler. Recent projects with these artists have included a complete Beethoven Piano & Violin Sonatas at Turner Sims Concert Hall (recorded live for Rubicon Classics), a recording of Bernstein’s Arias & Barcarolles (to be released later in 2018), song recitals in Switzerland, France, Germany and Canada, and performances of Thomas Adès’ Lieux Retrouvés and Morton Feldman’s Patterns in a Chromatic Field (cello and piano) at the South Bank Centre and King’s Place respectively.

Driver’s decade-long relationship with the prestigious Hyperion Records label has spawned a varied and internationally acclaimed discography of works by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Handel, York Bowen, Benjamin Dale, Mili Balakirev, Robert Schumann, and Erik Chisholm. Of his first volume of C P E Bach Sonatas, Bryce Morrison wrote in Gramophone “It would be impossible to over-estimate Driver's impeccable technique and musicianship.…this is one of the finest of all recent keyboard issues and Hyperion's sound and presentation are ideal'. His most recent release, Volume 70 of Hyperion’s Romantic Piano Concerto series, featured piano concertos by Amy Beach, Dorothy Howell, and Cécile Chaminade, while future studio projects are to include György Ligeti’s complete Piano Études.

Forthcoming engagements include debut performances with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and with the Hallé Orchestra at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, solo and chamber recitals at Wigmore Hall to be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and return visits to Music Toronto and the Bard Music Festival. Driver will also be featured as Artist-in-Residence at the 2018 Lichfield Festival.

Driver trained with Alexander Kelly and Piers Lane whilst studying at Cambridge University, with Irina Zaritskaya at the Royal College of Music in London, and completed his studies privately with Maria Curcio. As a student he won numerous awards including the Royal Over-Seas League Keyboard Competition and the title of BBC Radio 2 Young Musician of the Year. Making his home in London, he is currently Professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music and also lectures in Performance at Goldsmiths University of London.



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