Jonathan Leibovitz, Clarinet and Joseph Havlat, Piano - CANCELLED
Tuesday 30 January 2024, 1.00pm
Weinberg : Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Op 28
Brahms : Clarinet Sonata No 2 in E-flat major, Op 120
Poulenc: Clarinet Sonata
In 2022 Jonathan was a prize-winner at the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) and Concert Artists Guild (New York) International Auditions held at Wigmore Hall.
He went on to receive the prestigious Arthur Waser Foundation and Lucerne Symphony Orchestra Award. The prize is endowed with 25,000 Swiss francs.
Nominated as a 2022 Rising Star Artist by Classic FM, this season Jonathan appears as soloist with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Slovak State Philharmonic Košice conducted by Tomaš Brauner, Jyväskylä Sinfonia conducted by Yoel Gamzou, and the Israel Sinfonietta.
Joseph Havlat is a pianist and composer from Hobart, Australia, based in London. Working as a soloist and chamber musician for music very new, very old and some things in between, he has performed in major concert venues around the UK, Europe, America, Japan and Australia.
He is a leading interpreter of new music, having collaborated with such composers as Hans Abrahamsen, John Adams, Thomas Adès, Gerald Barry, Brett Dean, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Michael Finnissy and Thomas Larcher. As a chamber musician he has performed with William Bennett, James Ehnes, Steven Isserlis, Katalin Károlyi and Jack Liebeck, alongside regular duo partners Lotte Betts-Dean, Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux and Tim Posner.
He is also a member of the LSO percussion ensemble with whom he has released a CD on the LSO Live label, featuring the premiere recording of John Adams’ two-piano work ‘Roll Over Beethoven’. As a composer his music often explores the sounds of the natural world, imbued with the harsher shapes of human modernity. He has written music spanning from solo voice to large ensemble, including for Ensemble x.y, of which he is a founding member.
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He records and performs chamber music with Südwestrundfunk in Bruchsaal and gives concerts in the Verbier Festival, the Crusell, Rauna and Hauho Festivals in Finland. Further afield he takes part in the Bendigo Chamber Music Festival in Australia and undertakes a tour of Colombia. Upcoming chamber music engagements will include performances at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Konzerthaus Berlin and Vancouver Recital Society, plus numerous appearances in the UK including at Saffron Hall and Wigmore Hall. In autumn 2023 Jonathan will also undertake a recording for Delphian Records alongside violinist Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux and pianist Joseph Havlat.
A top prize winner at major competitions in Israel and Europe, including 1st Prize at the prestigious Crusell Competition in Finland and a Special Prize at the Carl Nielsen Competition in Denmark, in 2022 Jonathan completed his Masters at the Music Academy in Basel with François Benda.
Previous solo highlights include appearances with the Israel Philharmonic, Israel Chamber, Haifa Symphonic, Ostrobothnian Chamber, Lapland Chamber and Kuopio Symphony Orchestras working with conductors including Elena Schwarz, Adrien Perruchon and Tung-Chieh Chuang.
An avid chamber musician Jonathan founded the Avir Wind Quintet, and has collaborated with the ‘Mietar Ensemble’ and the Israeli Contemporary Players. He has given recitals across Israel; in Germany, Switzerland and Finland.
Jonathan made his debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 18 performing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. During the 2019/20 season he joined the Israel Philharmonic as a member, and has appeared as guest with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Israel Chamber and Jerusalem Camerata.
Born in Tel-Aviv in 1997, Jonathan’s musical education began with Eva Wasserman. He went on to study with Yevgeny Yehudin at the Buchmann Mehta School of Music where he won numerous awards including 1st Prize laureate of the Aviv Competition of the AICF (2020) and the Israeli Wind Competition (2016 & 2018). This year Jonathan will undertake his 'Master soloist' degree in Basel under Prof. Francois Benda and Prof. Claudio Martinez Mehner.
Current work includes a piano trio for Trio Mazzolini, and a mixed ensemble piece for the Australian Festival of Chamber Music to which he returns this summer.
Joseph studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London under Prof. Joanna MacGregor, where he received his BMus and MMus with distinction, including awards for exceptional merit in studentship and the highest recital mark for a postgraduate pianist. He has been a Young Artist of St. John’s Smith Square, the Oxford Lieder Festival and Kirckman Concert Society, and was a first prize winner of the Royal Overseas League Music Competition.
Recent highlights include playing Adès’ In Seven Days with the LSO under the baton of the composer, as well as the premiere of his Növények at Wigmore Hall. In late 2021 he appeared with the BBC Philharmonic giving the premiere of Robert Laidlow’s piano concerto Warp, broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and in 2022 he made his debut at the Concertgebouw Recital Hall in a programme of Dohnanyi and Mendelssohn with cellist Tim Posner. In 2023 Joseph will be featured on several CD releases: Finnissy vocal works on Divine Art Metier (with Lotte Betts-Dean and Marsyas Trio), Lisa Ilean’s Weather a Rare Blue and Rebecca Saunders’ murmurs for NMC (with Explore Ensemble), and two solo CDs, one with Debussy, Schumann and Abrahamsen, and the other the premiere recording of Isabella Gellis’ The Dissolute Society Comprised of All Sorts. Joseph teaches at the Royal Academy of Music. He likes ferns.