Music maestro

Yevgeby Sudbin. Photo by Clive Barda.
Yevgeby Sudbin. Photo by Clive Barda.

Yevgeny Sudbin, Alnwick Castle Guest Hall, Tuesday, October 4, 7.30pm. Tickets £14, £13 conc, free for students.

The Alnwick Music Society is pleased to launch its 2011-2012 concert season with the return to Alnwick of the Russian pianist Yevgeny Sudbin.

Since his initial visit to Alnwick in 2005, Yevgeny Sudbin has had a meteoric rise to international fame and the society is delighted that he has found time amid a full schedule of tours to play for them again.

Born in St. Petersburg in 1980, he attended the Conservatory there from the age of seven and then continued his studies firstly in Berlin and then in 1997 at the Royal Academy of Music in London under Christopher Elton.

His career has taken him throughout the world, performing as a recitalist and also with all the major orchestras in Europe and the US.

He has had a seven-year, fourteen-album recording collaboration with BIS Records and the International Record Review said his Rachmaninov recordings confirmed him ‘one of the most pianistic talents of our time’.

Following concerts in Zurich, the Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam, San Francisco, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the South Bank and the Verbier Festival he recorded the complete cycle of Beethoven Concertos and was described as ‘a wonder pianist’ by the Times.

The programme for the evening is wide ranging and includes: Chopin’s Ballades No 3 and 4, Two Transcendental Studies by Liszt, Medtner’s Sonata Tragica, Four Rachmaninov Preludes and Scriabin’s Sonata No 5.

Tickets are available from the Alnwick Playhouse or on the door. Membership costs £60 for a six-concert season. To encourage young people to listen to live classical music the society has a policy of offering free admission to all students in full-time education.

Further details can be found on the website www.alnwickmusicsociety.co.uk