Following recent auditions in London and Manchester, the Kirckman Concert Society announces the list of Kirckman Young Artists for 2022-23, who will be awarded London recitals in the coming season. They are pianist Jonathan Ferrucci and two ensembles: the Chloé Piano Trio and Connaught Brass.
Italian-Australian pianist Jonathan Ferrucci has given concerts as a soloist and chamber musician across Europe, Australia and the United States, performing at Wigmore Hall and The Barbican in London, Carnegie Weill Hall in New York and the Fazioli Concert Hall in Italy, among other venues. Recent projects include concerto performances in Italy and a particular focus on the Goldberg Variations, which he first performed in 2021.
Alongside his training with Giovanni Carmassi in Florence and Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, his artistic sensitivity has been profoundly inluenced by Angela Hewitt, who has been a mentor since 2014, and by his studies with Robert Levin, Aldo Ciccolini, and Zhu Xiao-Mei. His journey has been inspired along the way by masterclasses with Murray Perahia, Richard Goode, Christian Zacharias, Dmitri Bashkirov and Peter Frankl.
Parallel to his time spent at the piano, Jonathan is a dedicated Ashtanga Yoga practitioner. He considers Yoga integral to his work as a musician and essential in life.
The Chloé Piano Trio, current RPS Henderson Prize for Chamber Ensemble Award winners, was formed in 2017 by emerging musicians at London’s Royal College of Music. They have performed across the UK and abroad (France, Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands), including venues such as the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room, Royal Academy of Arts, Champs Hill (Sussex), Austrian Cultural Forum, and at Lichfield, Banstead Arts and Hargrave festivals.
In 2020 the Trio performed for HRH Prince Charles at the Royal College of Music, and appeared at the Ticino Musica Festival in Lugano, Switzerland. In 2021 they participated in the European Chamber Music Academy sessions in Fiesole.
In April 2018 the Chloé Piano Trio (under its previous name, the Daphnis Trio) won Third Prize at the Birmingham Intercollegiate Piano Trio Competition. The Trio’s repertoire ranges from Baroque and Classical periods to modern and newly-commissioned music. They are also keen to promote and perform works by women composers, and have already recorded music by Clara Schumann, Rebecca Clarke and Lili Boulanger for an upcoming CD.
The ensemble has received tuition from high profile musicians including Norma Fisher, Johannes Meissl, Ricardo Castro, Alexander Lonquich, Lucy Gould, Richard Lester, Ben Hancox, Mark Messenger, Simon Lepper and Suzie Meszaros.
Upcoming activities include a concert series in south east London highlighting women in music and arts.
A “thrilling young ensemble at the start of what is sure to be a major international career” (Great Birmingham Brass Fest), Connaught Brass are quickly making a name as a fresh talent in the chamber music world. Having made their debut at the Lucerne Festival, the ensemble won 1st Prize in the 2019 Philip Jones International Brass Ensemble Competition. In 2018 the group won the Worshipful Company of Musicians Brass Ensemble Prize and travelled to France for the music festival Ferrandou Musique, returning in 2019 and 2021. The quintet are also Tillett Trust and City Music Foundation artists, and were chosen for the prestigious Britten Pears Chamber Music Residency 2021/22.
Connaught Brass have performed live on BBC Radio 3’s “In Tune“, and recent notable engagements include a tour of Switzerland and recitals at The Great Birmingham Brass Fest, St James Piccadilly, Investec International Music Festival and Lake District Summer Music. Upcoming concerts include a recital at London’s Wigmore Hall. Their repertoire is continually expanding and spans 500 years, from renaissance to contemporary works, across a large range of genres. The ensemble also take great pride in undertaking and building their outreach work.
Having been principal players in the European Union Youth Orchestra and National Youth Orchestras of Great Britain, Scotland and Wales, members now regularly freelance with the major London orchestras and national opera companies, as well as recording with and supporting artists such as Bruno Mars, Stormzy, Jamie Cullum and Rag‘n’Bone Man.
Kirckman Concert Society Music Director Andrew West writes: “We are delighted to welcome these highly accomplished young musicians to the Kirckman family, and will announce further details about the coming season shortly.”