November’s House Concert features Julia Hwang (violin) with Charles Matthews on piano.
Julia Hwang & Charles Matthews
Tuesday 27 November 2018, 7pm
Korean Cultural Centre | Grand Buildings | 1-3 Strand | London WC2N 5BW (Entrance in Northumberland Avenue)
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Julia Hwang (Violin)
Charles Matthews (Piano)
Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano No.8 in G major, Op. 30/3
I. Allegro assai
II. Tempo di minuetto, ma molto moderato e grazioso
III. Allgero vivace
Tchaikovsky Valse Sentimentale
Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
Brahms Scherzo from FAE Sonata
Julia gave her professional solo debut with the English National Baroque Chamber Orchestra at the age of nine, performing Bach’s Concerto in A minor, and in the same year performed for legendary violinist Ivry Gitlis in London. Julia has appeared many times on live television and radio through the BBC and ITV and, in 2012, she was featured in a BBC4 documentary about the nation’s favourite composition ‘The Lark Ascending’ by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Her performance of this work was spe-cifically chosen by the BBC to represent this timeless classic of the great British composer, and the documentary has been rebroadcast on many occasions due to popular demand. Her latest CD, recorded with Signum Classics, features Grieg, Lutoslawski, Wieniawski and Vaughan Williams, which she performed live in session for the BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and Classic FM respectively, and was reviewed by Gramophone as displaying a “model of expressive purity”.
Born in 1966, Charles Matthews studied at the Royal College of Music, London, and was an organ scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge. Charles has won numerous awards, perhaps most notably first prize in the 1999 Franz Liszt Organ Interpretation Competition in Budapest. Recent engagements have included solo performances in the UK and Spain, duo recitals with flute, recorder, violin, ‘cello and voice, work for BBC Radio 3, and also numerous performances with ensembles and with choirs. Charles has performed for productions by the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet, and recorded music used in various theatres in Spain. He works extensively with young people, teaches piano, acts as piano accompanist and organ tutor at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and works as conductor and contemporary music coach for the annual Curso Inter-nacional Matisse at San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain, where he runs the Ensemble Postante.