Sunday - 19th May 2013 - 3.30 pm
The Catholic Centre, 2 Duke's Avenue, Chiswick, W4 2AE (Opposite Chiswick Library) See location map.
RUTH CORNEY - flute
ROBERT THOMPSON - piano
Poulenc - Sonata for Flute and Piano
Jacques Martin Hotteterre - Suite in G minor
C.P.E Bach - Sonata in G
Albert Franz Doppler - Hungarian Pastorale Fantasy
Debussy - Syrinx
Dutilleux - Sonatine
Ruth Corney is a young English flautist who began playing the flute aged eight in Cornwall. Ruth now resides in London where she performs regularly, and teaches and accompanies in addition to this. As a flautist her special area of interest is contemporary repertoire, where her flare for exceedingly difficult technical matters and extended techniques shines through. Her love for melody and understanding of harmony, however, means that she is as comfortable playing something by Bach or Telemann as she is something by Takemitsu or Mcguire (see link for example recital programmes/repertoire lists). Having developed an interest for little-known English flute works in her third year of university, Ruth has now branched out further, and her current repertoire includes works by Robert Muczynski, Elliot Carter, Frank Martin and Sergey Prokofiev.
Robert Thompson is in great demand as a chamber musician and piano accompanist having performed with a large range of instrumentalists and singers including Natalie Clein, Julian Bliss and Romanian soprano Leontina Vaduva.
He has twice appeared in the Rimscha Recital Series in Boston, Massachusetts and has given numerous concerts in London including at the Wigmore Hall. In recent years Robert has been heard on BBC Radio, performed as soloist in charity concerto performances and given concerts in Finland, France and in series throughout the UK. He was also recently invited to appear at the Casa da Música in Portugal as part of the 2010 Harmos Festival.
Robert held the Gilbert and Eileen Edgar Junior Fellowship at the Royal College of Music 2006-8. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Clifford Benson and Julius Drake where he was supported by the St Marylebone Educational Trust and at Trinity College of Music with Hilary Coates. As a student he was the recipient of several prestigious awards including twice receiving the Elisabeth Schumann Duo Prize. He has taken part in masterclasses with Rudolf Jansen, Michael Roll and with Pierre Amoyal and Bruno Canino at the Academie Lausanne in Switzerland.
Robert has worked as piano teacher and accompanist at the Junior Departments of Trinity and the Guildhall School and taught piano at a school in Oxfordshire where he has coached chamber groups who have been prize-winners in both regional and national competitions.