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Philharmonia Orchestra recital and ‘Charles I: King and Collector’ private view

Friends events

● Fully booked

Saturday 3 February 2018
6.30 — 10pm

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Charles I: King and Collector

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Philharmonia Orchestra

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The Philharmonia Orchestra comprises some of the world’s finest orchestral players. Join them at the RA for an evening of sparkling symphonies, performed with creativity, innovation and fearless virtuosity, followed by a private view of ‘Charles I’.

Led by its Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Philharmonia has a pioneering approach to the role of the modern-day symphony orchestra.

The event programme will include a violin duo of Prokofiev’s Sonata by Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay, the Philharmonia’s Concertmaster and Fabrizio Falasca, the Associate Leader. The concert will begin at approximately 7pm and last one hour, with an opportunity to meet the musicians after the performance.

Concert programme

Franz Joseph Haydn, Duo in B flat major, opus 99 no. 1
c. 9 minutes

Louis Spohr, Duo in D major, opus 67 no. 2
c. 13 minutes

Eugène Ysaÿe, Sonata for two violins, opus posth., 1st movement ‘Poco lento, maestoso - Allegro fermo’
c. 10 minutes

Sergej Prokofiev, Sonata for two violins, opus 56
c. 16 minutes

German-Hungarian violinist Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay began playing in 1988, taking lessons at the music school in Magdeburg, and went on to study under Professor Jost Witter at the Schloss Belvedere Music School and the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Weimar. Now established as a sought-after chamber musician, he has performed and recorded Bartók’s Contrasts with Mark van de Wiel and Yefim Bronfman; and has recently recorded Rachmaninov piano trios with Mats Lidstroem and Vladimir Ashkenazy on Decca. Watch Visontay introduce the violin here.

Fabrizio Falasca was born in 1988 near Napoli, and first started to learn the piano with his sister and violin with his brother at the age of 10. He studied with Salvatore Accardo at the W.Stauffer Academy, Felice Cusano at the Fiesole Music School and Dora Schwarzberg. After his studies in Italy, he was awarded a scholarship and graduated with a Master of Music in Violin Performance from the Royal Academy of Music in London under So-Ock Kim. He has attended numerous masterclasses with M.Vengerov, L.Kavakos, Z.Bron, G.Pauk, L.Ciulei among others. In 2010, he was awarded at the Vittorio Veneto Violin Competition and in 2013 was a prizewinner at the A.Postacchini International Violin Competition.

Continue your evening with a private view of Charles I: King and Collector. Away from the crowds, discover the legendary art collection of Charles I. For the first time since the 17th century, this landmark exhibition will bring together the astounding treasures that changed the taste of the nation.

Booking is essential for this event; if you wish to bring a guest please book one ticket for each person.

The Royal Academy is an independent charity that relies on the generosity of its Friends. Thank you for supporting the RA by participating in Friends Events.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Saturday 3 February 2018

6.30 — 10pm

The Reynolds Room, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly

£80. Includes reception with drinks and canapés, concert and private view.