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Hannah Marcinowicz & John Reid

Wednesday 1st December 2010, 7:30pm

This concert is sponsored by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust
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Hannah Marcinowicz ~ saxophone

John Reid ~ piano

There are quite a number of concert sax players around these days but few have made as much of a stunning impression as young prizewinner Hannah Marcinowicz. One of the latest winners of Making Music’s highly prestigious Philip & Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists, Hannah has been wowing audiences everywhere with her superb playing and delightful staqe presence. The award was the latest in a series of similar successes including the Tillett Trust Young Artists Platform, the Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, the Leverhulme Trust and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. With all these achievements behind her, Hannah is now enjoying a career as a concert soloist in the UK and abroad. She is a former Purcell School pupil who graduated with First Class Honours from the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied both saxophone and clarinet with Richard Addison. Whilst there she received a Foundation Award and the Henry Ellice Lees Prize. Since leaving the Academy Hannah has received awards from the Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, Leverhulme Trust, Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Craxton Memorial Trust which have enabled her to continue her studies at the Conservatoire a Rayonnement Regional de Cergy-Pontoise in Paris with international soloist, Jean-Yves Fourmeau. In June 2008 she was awarded the prestigious Medaille d’Or from the Conservatoire for Saxophone Performance and Chamber Music. Hannah recorded two ‘Classic Experience’ albums with the pianist Richard Shaw for Cramer Music Limited. As a soloist Hannah was an artist on the Tillet Trust Young Artist Platform which led to her Wigmore Hall debut in 2007. She gave a recital at the Royal Festival Hall as an award winner of the Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Musical Scholarship Fund and in 2008 gave a Park Lane Group Young Artist Recital at the Purcell Room, where she premiered a new work by Giles Swayne to universal critical acclaim. Following the success of this recital, the Park Lane Group awarded her a Wigmore Hall recital in 2009. She is currently an artist on the Live Music Now! scheme, a soloist on the Countess of Munster Musical Trust Recital Scheme and is a recipient of a Making Music Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists, leading to engagements throughout the UK.     Hannah’s Website (opens with her playing – make sure your sound is on)

John Reid studied at Clare College, Cambridge and at the Royal Academy of Music with Michael Dussek. He has also taken lessons in song interpretation with Malcolm Martineau and Rudolf Jansen. A regular visitor to festivals and music clubs across the UK, in recent seasons he has given recitals at Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room, King’s Place, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France and the Middle East with artists including Joan Rodgers, Alexander Baillie, Alison Balsom, Jennifer Pike, Sarah Williamson, the Barbirolli Quartet and William Bennett, as well as with regular duo partners tenor Nicholas Mulroy, violinist Thomas Gould and flautist Adam Walker. He has worked with contemporary music groups Radius and the Ossian Ensemble, and is a principal of the Aurora Orchestra. Recent releases on disc include premiere recordings of music by York Bowen (works for two pianos, with Michael Dussek for Dutton Epoch), Rhian Samuel and Charles Camillieri. He is an Associate of the RAM, and an alumnus of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, and his many awards have included the 2004 Gerald Moore Award, as well as the 2003 Kathleen Ferrier and Maggie Teyte Accompaniment Prizes.     John’s Website

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