Big names come to town

PIANIST: Piano Week co-artistic director: Martin Roscoe (S)
PIANIST: Piano Week co-artistic director: Martin Roscoe (S)

Two internationally-renowned musicians will be performing at Alnwick Playhouse next week, as part of Alnwick Music Society’s concert programme.

Pianist Martin Roscoe will be accompanied by Dutch violinist Liza Ferschtman for the recital on Friday.

Roscoe has forged a distinguished career and his enduring popularity is built on a deeply-thought musicianship allied to an easy rapport with audiences and fellow musicians alike.

He has worked with eminent conductors, including Simon Rattle and Mark Elder and most of the UK’s leading orchestras.

Roscoe has performed throughout the world and his chamber partnerships include long associations with Peter Donohoe, Tasmin Little and the Endellion Quartet.

He is Professor of Piano at the Guildhall School of Music in London and artistic director of the Ribble Valley International Piano Week and the Beverley Chamber Music Festival.

Ferschtman studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and in 2006 was awarded the prestigious Netherlands Music Prize, captivating audiences with her passionate playing and charismatic stage presence.

She has played with a wide range of well-known European orchestras and in 2013 she appeared with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Ivan Fischer in Budapest, Montreal and New York.

She is also the artistic director of the Delft Chamber Music Festival.

Roscoe and Ferschtman are passionate about chamber music. Their Alnwick programme will include works by Beethoven, Prokoviev and Lutoslawski.