I do like it when a musician explores some of the lesser-known British repertoire. Granville Bantock (1868-1946) composed several rarely-played works for cello and orchestra, one of which will be performed this evening in a version for cello and harp. Even less well-known is the music of Benjamin Frankel (British, 1906-1973) and the Polish harpist-composer Wilhelm Posse (so unknown that he doesn’t yet merit an entry in the English-language version of Wikipedia). An interesting programme, then, which will also contain some more familiar music.
March House Concert: Sooyeon Lee (Cello) + Milo Harper (Harp)
Tuesday 27th March, 7pm
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Sooyeon Lee – cello
Milo Harper – harp
Bach: ‘Prelude’, ‘Sarabande’ and ‘Gigue’ from Cello Suite No.2 in D minor, BWV 1008
Bach: Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 884
Wilhelm Posse: Variations on the Carnival of Venice
Saint-Säens: The Swan
Villa-Lobos: The Song of the Black Swan
Frankel: Sonata Ebraica
Korean Cellist Sooyeon received her BMus from Yonsei University, studying with Sungwon Yang. During her undergraduate studies, she attended 2 master classes by Prof. Jo Cole, who encouraged her to study with her at the Royal Academy of Music. She graduated with her Master of Arts in Cello Performance receiving a Distinction and the Dip.RAM award for outstanding performance in Final Recital in 2016 and since September 2017 has been studying with Jo Cole and Josephine Knight for her Advanced Diploma at the Royal Academy of Music. She began winning prizes in her early teens at numerous competitions in Korea and she recently was the winner of May Mukle/Douglas Cameron Cello Sonata Prize in the UK. The Royal Academy of Music has provided her with a Curtis Price Scholarship for 2017- 2018. Sooyeon plays the Giovanni Battista Rogeri Cello made in 1731, loaned by the Royal Academy Museum.
Described as “a player of natural charm and flair”, Milo Harper has gained a reputation as one of the most noteworthy young harpists from the UK. Milo was one of two UK harpists invited to perform in the ‘Focus on Youth’ concert series at the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong in 2017. Born in London in 1997, he studied the piano from an early age before taking up the harp age 7. In 2014, Milo was the only harpist to receive a place as an undergraduate at the Royal Academy of Music where he is currently in his 3rd year studying with Head of Harp, Karen Vaughan (former co-principal, LSO) and Professor Emerita Skaila Kanga. In 2016 Milo became the harpist for the string orchestra ‘LGT Young Soloists’. He is featured on the orchestra’s CD “Russian Soul” for Sony/RCA Red Seal Records and he toured with them in Asia in December 2017.