Einar Jóhannesson & Alessandra Pompili

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 7:30 pm

at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Sixth Form Centre, York St., Clitheroe, BB7 2DJ

Einar Jóhannesson studied the clarinet at the Reykjavík College of Music with Gunnar Egilson and continued his studies at The Royal College of Music in London, where he won the coveted Frederick Thurston prize. His main teachers there were Bernard Walton and John McCaw. Later he was awarded the prize for young Nordic soloists by the Sonning Foundation in Copenhagen. Einar has appeared as a soloist and chamber music player throughout Europe, Asia, America and Australia, often presenting pieces specially written for him by Icelandic composers. He is principal clarinet of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, solo clarinettist of the Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra, and a founding member of the Reykjavík Wind Quintet. In addition, he sings with Voces Thules, a group of six male voices specializing in medieval Icelandic church music. He has recorded for the Merlin, Chandos and BIS labels as well as for various radio and television networks.

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Alessandra Pompili is a classical pianist with a focus on presenting original and creative programmes to audiences. Her more recent project deals with the performance of sacred music written for piano solo. In 2009 Alessandra started presenting Franz Liszt’s Via Crucis with the projection of the images that inspired the composition: after recitals in Liverpool, Sheffield, Wrexham, Lancaster, Kecskemét, Milan, Rome, Vatican Ciy, Tivoli and Budapest, Vatican Radio recorded one of the performances to broadcast for Easter and Holy Week 2013. Alessandra has performed for years as a soloist to critical public acclaim in Italy, England, Hungary and the U.S.A. Born in Rome, Alessandra gained her diploma in piano with the highest mark at the conservatoire “A.Casella” (L’Aquila) under the guidance of pianist and composer Sergio Calligaris. She also studied at the “Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris A.Cortot” under Marcella Crudeli, where she was awarded  the  Brevet  d’Enseignement  with the highest grade possible. She then studied with the late Arnaldo Graziosi and with Luigi D’Ascoli. Since completing her music training she has also pursued her interests in History of Art and Archaeology, obtaining a degree and a postgraduate degree in Italy and an MA and a PhD in England.

To read more about Alessandra and listen to her play, visit her website
(Einar does not appear to have his own website, though he does feature on others)

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Their Programme

Nino Rota – Sonata, for clarinet and piano
Liszt – La Lugubre Gondola II, piano
Thorkell Sigurdbjörnsson – Kvedja, clarinet
Sergio CalligarisStudies 23 & 24, Op.11 and
Il quaderno pianistico di Renzo, Op.7, piano

Paul Jeanjean – Carnival in Venice, for clarinet & piano

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