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Huw Watkins, David Adams and Matthew Hunt

Huw Watkins - piano
David Adams - violin/viola
Matthew Hunt - clarinet

Programme to include:

 Huw Watkins   Dream (clarinet/violin/piano)       8' 
 Michael Zev Gordon   Fragments from a diary (clarinet/violin/piano)   12' 
 John Luther Adams  Nunataks – Solitary Peaks (solo piano)    6'
 Huw Watkins  Speak Seven Seas (clarinet/violin/piano)  12'

This concert features three performers of outstanding quality.

Huw Watkins, born in Wales, is one of Britain’s foremost composers and is in great demand with orchestras and at festivals. He is Composer in Association at BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

David Adams, formerly Leader of the Ulster Orchestra is now Leader of the Welsh National Opera Orchestra, is equally at home on the violin and viola.

Matthew Hunt is one of Britain’s leading clarinettists; a distinctive musician, renowned for the vocal quality of his playing. He holds the position of solo clarinettist with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and is a member of the Sheffield based chamber group Ensemble 360. 

Today’s programme includes works by Huw Watkins, Michael Zev Gordon and John Luther Adams.

Pre-Concert Talk: By John Metcalf about the programme.
12pm | St Asaph Room

 Standard Price

£6.00 in advance | £7.00 on day

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 Time Credits (please contact Box Office on 02920 878444) 2 credits

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David Adams (violin/viola)

David Adams, formerly Leader of the Ulster Orchestra is now Leader of the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera. He has been Co-Artistic Director of the Goldberg Ensemble since 2003, and was tutor in violin at Royal Northern College of Music from 2000 to 2006. 

Equally at home on violin and viola he has been a member of the Raphael Ensemble and Ovid Ensemble and now makes regular guest appearances with the Nash Ensemble, Endellion String Quartet, Gould Piano Trio and Hebrides Ensemble.  

As leader of the Ulster Orchestra, David performed concertos and directed performances from the violin, and will continue to pursue these roles with the Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera. David recorded the Beethoven String Quintets with the Endellion Quartet for Warner Classics in 2008 and has made several recordings with the Gould Piano Trio and Nash Ensemble. 

David began his studies at the age of five with his father, principal viola in the Halle Orchestra. He continued his training with Malcolm Layfield at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music and then in the USA with Zvi Zeitlin and Daniel Phillips. 

Matthew Hunt (Clarinet)

One of Britain's leading clarinettists, Matthew Hunt is a distinctive musician, renowned for the vocal quality of his playing and his ability to communicate with audiences. He holds the position of solo clarinettist with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and is a member of the Sheffield based chamber group Ensemble 360. A very keen chamber musician, he appears regularly with Meta4, the Chiurascuro and Elias quartets, Thomas Adès, Pekka Kuusisto, Emily Beynon, Nicholas Altstaedt, Alina Ibragimova, and La Bande de La Loingtaine. He has also appeared as a guest of the Berlin Philharmonic as a soloist in their series at the Berlin Philharmonie Kammermusik Saal. 

Matthew’s plans for this season include appearances at festivals including Lockenhaus (Austria), Kaposvar (Hungary), Kuhmo (Finland) and Charlottesville (United States), and concerto appearances with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and Paavo Jarvi, and with the Georgian Chamber Orchestra, Ingolstadt. As an orchestral musician, Matt a regular guest principal with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and has appeared as a guest principal with the Concertgebouw and BBC Symphony Orchestras and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. 

Matthew's recording for ASV of Mozart's Clarinet Quintet with the Elias quartet was met with critical acclaim, with the BBC Music Magazine hailing it with five stars as "the Benchmark recording of this much recorded work". 

"The clarinettist played so beautifully it was as though he wished to make the very air of the hall melt" Tokyo Times. 

Huw Watkins (Piano)

Huw Watkins was born in Wales in 1976. He studied piano with Peter Lawson at Chetham’s School of Music and composition with Robin Holloway, Alexander Goehr and Julian Anderson at Cambridge and the Royal College of Music. In 2001 he was awarded the Constant and Kit Lambert Junior Fellowship at the Royal College of Music, he now teaches composition at the Royal Academy of Music. 

"What an amazing musician Watkins is, this unfailingly dependable and musical pianist who seems to be everywhere. If he caught a cold most of Britain’s summer festival season would collapse." The Telegraph 

As a pianist, Huw Watkins is in great demand with orchestras and festivals including the London Sinfonietta, Britten Sinfonia, the BBC orchestras and Aldeburgh and Cheltenham Festivals. He has performed globally at concert halls including at the Barbican, the Wigmore Hall, the Library of Congress in Washington and the Smithsonian Institute. Strongly committed to the performance of new music, Huw has given premieres of works by Alexander Goehr, Tansy Davies, Michael Zev Gordon and Mark-Anthony Turnage. He recently presented a programme of Hans Werner Henze’s piano works at the BBC’s Total Immersion day at the Barbican. UK recent appearances include Newbury and Peasmarsh Festivals, Wigmore Hall, Eaton Square, Kettle’s Yard Cambridge, Saffron Walden, Glasgow, Bath. Further afield, Ferrara, Columbus (USA) with ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Domaine Forget and Toronto Summer Music Festival. 

A favourite partner for chamber collaborations, Huw Watkins performs regularly with his brother Paul Watkins, as well as Alina Ibragimova, James Gilchrist, Daniel Hope, Nicholas Daniel, Sebastian Manz, Mark Padmore, Carolyn Sampson, and Alexandra Wood. Recently Huw has featured as both Composer in Residence and pianist at festivals including Presteigne and Lars Vogt’s ‘Spannungen’ Festival in Heimbach, Germany, as well as with the Orchestra of the Swan (2012–14). 

Huw Watkins is one of Britain’s foremost composers and his music has been performed throughout Europe and North America. Huw’s works have been performed and commissioned by the Nash Ensemble, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Belcea Quartet, Elias Quartet, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Highlights include his acclaimed Violin Concerto premiered at the BBC Proms by Alina Ibragimova and the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner, Piano Concerto premiered by BBC NOW, London Concerto premiered to mark the London Symphony Orchestra’s centenary, Double Concerto premiered at the BBC Proms with BBC NOW conducted by Jac van Steen and In My Craft or Sullen Art for tenor and string quartet premiered at the Wigmore Hall by Mark Padmore and the Petersen Quartet. 

Huw has been named as Composer-in-Association with BBC NOW for three years, starting in the Autumn of 2015. 

Huw Watkins is regularly featured on BBC Radio 3, both as a performer and as a composer. His recordings include a disc of Mendelssohn’s cello and piano works with his brother Paul Watkins (Chandos), British sonatas for cello and piano with Paul Watkins (Nimbus), Alexander Goehr’s piano cycle ‘Symmetry Disorders Reach’ (Wergo), and Thomas Adès’ song cycle ‘The Lover in Winter’ with the countertenor Robin Blaze (EMI Classics). Most recently, NMC Records have released a disc dedicated to Huw Watkins’ work entitled ‘In my craft of sullen art’ (NMC). The disc showcases Huw’s ‘outstanding pianism’ (Andrew Clements, The Guardian) and reveals him as ‘one of the most rounded composer-musicians in the UK’ (Andrew Clark, Financial Times). 

13.00  START                                                                        
14.00  FINISH

PLEASE NOTE: Running times are approximate and supplied for guidance only.  They may be subject to change.