Manny Vass: From Bach to Bond
Pianist and RNCM alumnus Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Vass is set to make his London début in April with a series of concerts at St Lawrence Jewry, Steinway Hall and St James’s Piccadilly. The concerts come towards the end of a demanding recital tour which will take Manny to eight venues across the North of England, from Hull to Liverpool. They also mark the release of his début CD, From Bach to Bond.
Both the CD and recitals reflect Manny’s imaginative programming and eclectic tastes, giving audiences a chance to witness his extraordinary virtuosity not only in music by Bach, Chopin, Debussy and Gershwin, but also in his own arrangements of contemporary classics such as Bohemian Rhapsody and the James Bond Theme – already big hits on YouTube.
Manny, who completed his studies at the RNCM in 2011 as a Leverhulme Scholar, is a young artist on the brink of a brilliant career. Tangible recognition of his talents has come recently from Yamaha, who named him unsigned artist of the month, and BBC Radio 3, for which he took part in a masterclass with David Owen Norris. Recent prestigious engagements have included performing alongside The Manfreds and Lulu for the Prince and Princess of Monaco as part of the Variety Club Jubilee Ball; a performance for Lord Levy and the Russian ambassador in the Golden Room, Kensington Palace Gardens; a recital for the French ambassador at the Lowry Centre, Manchester; and a live BBC6 Music broadcast as part of an ensemble headed by Jimi Goodwin from the international award-winning band Doves.
19 February 2013