MIAMI CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY PRESENTS
ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN IN THE FIELDS WIND ENSEMBLE
John Roberts, oboe · Fiona Cross, clarinet
Julie Price, bassoon · Stephen Stirling, horn
with guests Caroline Palmer and Marina Radiushina, piano
Sunday, April 9, 2023 4 PM
Sanctuary of the Arts
The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields is known for its outstanding mastery of the most beloved chamber works. The Academy’s wind ensemble, composed of principal players of the orchestra, is no different. Joined by pianist Caroline Palmer, renowned worldwide for her outstanding solo and chamber performances, the ensemble will bring a program of beloved repertoire to the Sanctuary of the Arts. Mediated by the group’s “impeccable sense of balance,” (Seen and Heard International) the evening will explore the different shades and timbres of wind instruments alongside the richness and versatility of the piano.
For this concert, the Miami Chamber Music Society and The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields have come together for a unique collaboration, and one of the participants in this ensemble is our own Marina Radiushina, an award-winning pianist from Miami.
This concert is part of The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields' community-wide educational residency in Miami, organized by the Miami Chamber Music Society. The residency includes workshops, masterclasses, side-by-side performances with local artists, a dance commission, and a free concert for Miami-Dade County Public Schools students.
POULENC Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano
MOLBE Air Arabe
GLINKA Trio Pathetique
1. Allegro moderato
4. Allegro con Spirito
SCHULHOFF Divertissement for oboe, clarinet and bassoon
5. Tema con variazioni e fugato
BEETHOVEN Quintet for Winds and Piano in E-flat op.16
1. Grave. Allegro ma non troppo
2. Andante cantabile
3. Rondo. Allegro ma non troppo
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS
John Roberts | oboe
Born in Glasgow, John Roberts took up the oboe at the age of eleven under the tutelage of Stephen West. In 2008 he moved to London, enrolling first at the Royal College of Music, and later the Royal Academy of Music, to study with Christopher Cowie, Gareth Hulse, Celia Nicklin and Christine Pendrill.
Since 2011, he has been working in various orchestras around the UK and Ireland, including every symphony orchestra in Glasgow and London. Since 2013, he has been Principal Oboe in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. As well as orchestral concerts, John Roberts likes to participate in music-making on a smaller scale as much as possible, with projects during the current season with London Winds and London Sinfonietta.
He recently made his debut concert performance of Vaughan Williams’ Oboe Concerto at Cadogan Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Fiona Cross | clarinet
Since her concerto debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, Fiona Cross has established herself as one of Britain's most outstanding clarinettists. She has appeared as a soloist with ensembles such as LPO chamber ensemble, Manchester Camerata, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Scottish Ensemble, English Sinfonia, Bournemouth Sinfonietta and Goldberg Ensemble and has been praised by the Guardian for her 'charismatic musicianship'.
Her CD recordings include Nicola Lefanus concertino for Naxos, Horovitz Concerto conducted by the composer himself for Dutton, Robert Simpson clarinet quintet for Hyperion and a disc of original virtuoso works for harp and clarinet with the acclaimed harpist Hugh Webb for Dinmore.
She is a keen chamber musician and is a member of the New Music Players and the Kegelstatt Trio, and has been invited to play with the Vanbrugh, Alberni and Coull string quartets as well as performing on a regular basis as soloist with the Adderbury Ensemble in the Holywell Music Room. She has performed many times at the Wigmore Hall and the South Bank Centre and has taken part in many solo recordings for BBC Radio 3.
Fiona is principal clarinet with the Manchester Camerata and with them she has performed the Mozart clarinet concerto and the Strauss Duet-Concertino for clarinet and bassoon. She is also a regular guest principal of many of Britain's finest orchestras such as the Academy of St Martins in the fields, the London Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the London Mozart players and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She has also played extensively with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, which led to a personal invitation by Andras Schiff to perform at the Weimar Festival and collaborate in chamber music performances with him.
Fiona is professor of clarinet at Trinity College of London.
Julie Price | bassoon
An orchestral musician, chamber musician, soloist, and teacher, Julie Price has held positions as Principal Bassoon with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She has been Principal Bassoon of the English Chamber Orchestra since 1994 and Co-Principal, now Principal Bassoon, of the BBC Symphony Orchestra since 2001. She was recently also appointed Principal Bassoon with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
With conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Ralf Gothóni, Andrew Litton, Edward Gardner, and Douglas Boyd she has appeared as a soloist at the Barbican, Cadogan Hall, and Royal Festival Hall as well as many venues outside London and abroad. As a chamber musician she has appeared with such groups as the Nash, Gaudier, and Razumovsky ensembles, London Winds, and the Lindsay and Chilingirian string quartets. She first studied the bassoon with Sonja Smith, then with Edward Warren and William Waterhouse in Manchester, and later with Roger Birnstingl in Geneva. Julie Price taught at the Royal College of Music in London from 1998 until 2020.
Her discography includes recordings of Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto and Sinfonia concertante and Elgar’s Romance, all with the English Chamber Orchestra and Strauss Duett-Concertino for clarinet bassoon and strings with Michael Collins and the BBCSO.
Stephen Stirling | horn
Stephen Stirling is a renowned horn soloist. Since studying at the Royal Northern College of Music with Ifor James and later with Julian Baker, he has worked mostly in the rather rarefied world of chamber music. He enjoys an enormously varied career travelling all over the world, particularly relishing playing in unusual and far-flung places. Stephen is the Principal Horn of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
He has broadcast concertos on BBCTV and Radio 3, and appeared with orchestras such as the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Orchestra of St John’s, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales with Richard Hickox, Sir Neville Marriner, Heinz Holliger, Iván Fischer and Douglas Boyd. His recordings of the complete Mozart Horn Concertos with the City of London Sinfonia are frequently broadcast on Classic fM. He has also recorded the virtuosic Double Horn Concertos by Vivaldi. Gary Carpenter’s marvellous new Horn Concerto was written for him and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and given its world and broadcast premiere in April 2005. Other recent first performances have included solo works by Martin Butler and Stephen Dodgson.
Stephen has a world-wide reputation as a chamber musician being in constant demand at festivals in the UK and abroad. He is a member of Endymion Ensemble, The Fibonacci Sequence, Capricorn, Arpege and the New London Chamber Ensemble.
His many critically acclaimed CDs include the first recordings with Endymion, of York Bowen’s Horn Sonata and his beautiful Quintet for Horn and Strings, and Mozart’s entire output for wind ensemble with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. CDs of horn quintets by Stanford and Dunhill have just been released. His second recording of the Brahms Horn Trio, with the Florestan Trio, was nominated for a Gramophone award and in the USA, Fanfare described it as the equal of any recording whether modern or ‘Golden Age’. Spring 2007 saw the release by Deux-Elles of Horn – rare works of chamber music featuring the horn, with the Fibonacci Sequence.
Stephen is a professor at Trinity College of Music, London, on the faculty of the Yellowbarn Summer School in Vermont and a seasoned participant at the Dartington International Summer School.
Presented with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.
Caroline Palmer | piano
Caroline Palmer has established a reputation as a chamber musician and has worked with Johannes Goritzki, Alexander Rudin, Truls Mørk, Krzystof Smietana and Leonid Gorokhov. She has made over 50 broadcasts for the BBC and has also recorded for Swiss, French, German and Italian radio. She has recorded chamber works of Faure, Busoni, Saint-Saens, Fuchs and Brahms. Caroline was artistic director of the Paxos Music festival and appears at music festivals in Europe. She has been a Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama since 1990. Caroline was born in Singapore and later moved to London where she studied with Edith Vogel, Peter Wallfisch and Hans Keller. Caroline will be a guest pianist with the Chamber Ensemble in 2023.
Marina Radiushina | piano (click here to read about Marina)
Presented with the support of Margaret and Mike Eidson, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.
Miami Chamber Music Society is committed to presenting world-class classical music performances to the audiences of Miami-Dade, commissioning new works in various artistic disciplines, developing educational initiatives, and maximizing the positive impact of art on the community.
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