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Alfredo Piatti Caprice No 4
Frank Bridge Elégie 1904 from Four Pieces for Cello and Piano
Sergei Prokofiev Cello Sonata in C major Op 119

Claudia Kuner cello
Matthew Lam piano

Alfredo Piatti Caprice No 12
Frank Bridge Elégie 1904 from Four Pieces for Cello and Piano
César Franck Cello Sonata in A major

Andrea Kim cello
Matthew Lam piano

Interval (15 mins)

Alfredo Piatti Caprice No 9
Frank Bridge Elégie 1904 from Four Pieces for Cello and Piano
Frédéric Chopin Cello Sonata in G minor Op 65

Jasmine Blackshaw-Britton cello
Matthew Lam piano

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Nicholas Jones - Panel

Nicholas Jones has a distinguished career as performer and teacher. As soloist, chamber musician and principal cellist, he has performed throughout Europe and the USA. He is Head of Strings at Chetham’s School of Music and Professor of Cello at the Royal Northern College of Music in UK. From 1989 – 1997 he was cellist of the Bochmann Quartet, giving concerts and recording with them at many of the major UK festivals and concert halls. He was also principal cellist of the English String Orchestra, with whom he was a frequent soloist and director, performing with the orchestra throughout Europe and the USA with Lord Yehudi Menuhin, including Berlin Philharmonie and many times at the Gstaad Festival.From 2001 – 2006 he was a teacher/performing artist at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, USA. He also appeared in the Festival’s Winter Series in New York. Recent performances have included the St. Cyprien Festival – France, Valdres Festival – Norway, Siena Quatro Quarto Music Festival – Italy (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2017), the Arona Festival, Tenerife, with the Chamber Music Society of Korea and recitals in the National Philharmonic Chamber Series, Vilnius and the Kaunas Philharmonic Chamber Series and at the Philharmonic Hall, Minsk. With colleagues Franco Mezzena and Stefano Giovazzi he has also given trio recitals in Italy; recently performing the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Mantua Festival Orchestra, Bari Symphony Orchestra and Collegium Symphonium Veneto. His most recent recording was of Peter Lieuwen’s Cello Concerto, with the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra. Masterclasses have included at all the Conservatoires of the UK, Barratt-Due Institute and the State Academy in Norway, St. Petersburg Special Music Schools and Conservatoire, Tallinn, Vilnius and Riga, Zilina and Bratislava Music Academies, conservatoires in the USA, Belarus and Germany and Salzburg Mozarteum. Nicholas has also been a regular teacher at the Astona Summer Festival, Switzerland, Beijing and Shanghai. In May 2018, he was a member of the jury and gave masterclasses at the Carl Davidoff International Cello Competition in Latvia and will join the jury again in 2020. Since 2009 he has been chair of the cello jury at the Young Musician Competition in Tallinn and this year he is on the cello jury of the Talents for Europe Competition in Slovakia.

Claudia Kuner

Australian cellist, Claudia Kuner, is currently studying on the Master of Music in Performance programme at the Royal Northern College of Music with Jennifer Langridge. She is a graduate of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, having studied under the tutelage of Josephine Vains. Having performed extensively, Claudia counts among her most memorable concerts playing as the Principal Cellist at the Manchester premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass” at Bridgewater Hall, and the premiere of “Paths of Invention – Four” by Australian drummer Phil Treloar, as part of the Melbourne Conservatorium New Music Ensemble. She has also performed alongside the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra under renowned Australian conductor Benjamin Northey and has enjoyed performing with the Love Limited Orchestra for a night of 70’s disco music at Bridgewater Hall. Claudia has attended masterclasses by Li Wei Qin, Hannah Roberts, Umberto Clerici, Edith Salzmann, Timo-Veikko ‘Tipi’ Valve, and Michael Dahlenburg. She has performed in a range of iconic Australian venues including Hamer Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, Iwaki Auditorium, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melba Hall, Elder Hall, and Melbourne Town Hall, as well as venues in England including Bridgewater Hall, King’s Hall and the RNCM Concert Hall. While she enjoys performing all kinds of music and standard repertoire, Claudia is a contemporary music enthusiast and is particularly fond of anything experimental and peculiar.

Andrea Kim

Since the Autumn of 2022, Andrea has been studying for her Master’s degree at the Royal Northern College of Music. Most recently, Andrea was a second prize winner in the 2023 NJS Korean Young Artist Award, was a finalist in the RNCM Concerto Competition, and her two chamber groups, Trio Cosmo and Nabi Quartet, have each won an RNCM chamber prize – the Nossek and Weil Prizes respectively. Recently, Andrea has been given many opportunities to work with various notable musicians and composers, including Sir Mark Elder, Sally Beamish, Anna Clyne, and Cassandra Miller. She attained her Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Cello Performance at the Manhattan School of Music and continues her studies at the RNCM, under the tutelage of Hannah Roberts. Her second year of study is generously supported by the Margaret Allen Cello Award.

Jasmine Blackshaw-Britton

Jasmine began her post-graduate studies this year at the RNCM under the tuition of Hannah Roberts, having been awarded the Marie Thecla Kieran Award. Prior to embarking on her Masters degree, Jasmine attended the Royal Academy of Music where she studied with Josephine Knight and Benjamin Hughes. Jasmine is a passionate chamber musician and is a part of both the Heartwood Quartet and the Calder Piano Trio. As a solo player, Jasmine has performed in many masterclasses with cellists such as Steven Isserlis, Istvan Vardai and Alexander Baillie.

Matthew Lam

Hong Kong born pianist, Matt is an alumnus of the Royal Northern College of Music, where he obtained First-Class Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree with Distinction. Throughout his tenure at the RNCM, he received tutelage from renowned pianists, including Ashley Wass, Frank Wibaut, and Jeremy Young. Matt’s remarkable talent has been showcased in masterclasses with world-renowned pianists such as Philippe Cassard, Stephen Hough, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Gabriela Montero, and Kathryn Stott. Aside from solo playing, Matt is much in-demand as a collaborative pianist and chamber musician. Matt performs regularly with his twin brother, Jason, as a piano duo. Together, they won the Piano Duo Prize at RNCM as well as 3rd Prize at the 2019 Roma International Chopin Competition. Matt co-founded the Sande Duo in collaboration with cellist Jobine Siekman, with whom they recorded Piazzolla’s Le Grand Tango at Abbey Road Studios. Proving himself to be a versatile pianist, Matt is also an aspiring orchestral pianist. Beyond his involvement in RNCM’s orchestral projects, he has performed with orchestras such Nottingham Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestral Foyle Future Firsts, Leeds Youth Orchestra. Since 2022, Matt has returned to the RNCM as a Junior Fellow in Accompaniment and is kindly supported by the John Wilson Junior Fellowship in Piano Accompaniment.