One of the most thoughtful and sensitive of British pianists…

— The Times  

MISHKA RUSHDIE MOMEN 

RELEASES HYPERION DEBUT ALBUM

REFORMATION

FEATURING RARE TUDOR KEYBOARD MASTERPIECES

‘Few musicians explore this repertoire on the modern piano, but for me, it felt entirely natural and instinctive to do so’

— Mishka Rushdie Momen

RELEASED TODAY AND AVAILABLE HERE

Hyperion Records is delighted to announce the release of pianist Mishka Rushdie Momen’s debut album ‘Reformation’ on 28th June 2024.

Hailed as ​“one of the most thoughtful and sensitive of British pianists” (The Times), the young pianist on this disc eschews the well-worn paths of Chopin or Liszt and instead explores the world of Tudor music with an album featuring works by composers working in the shadow of the Reformation, including William Byrd, John Bull and Orlando Gibbons, plus a guest appearance from the Dutch composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck. The dislocations of the pandemic led Rushdie Momen to the Renaissance composer William Byrd: “I began to devise the programme for my new recording during lockdown. Feeling oddly distanced from the classical and Romantic repertoire I usually love, one day I came across Byrd’s wonderful A minor Fantasia. It knocked me sideways.” … And she never looked back: “Encountering a palace of riches” is how Rushdie Momen describes her experience of playing Tudor keyboard music.

The pianist explains: “The music on this album is both timeless and yoked to the transformative process of the Reformation. The extreme cultural and religious divisions and profound instability of the time, which affected everything from education to music in church services, seem to echo our current political and social climate. Our unrelenting interest in and research into the Tudors allows us to reach out and stroke the linings of their clothes; rifle through their legal papers; pass on their gossip; but the emotional truth of people’s lives is often left to our imagination. Through this great music, the era comes to life and provides us with a glimpse into the Tudor period in full colour.

Praised by critics, “Mishka Rushdie Momen is a veritable musician’s musician. Nothing about this 32-year-old British pianist’s rise conforms to the usual pattern so familiar in the piano world.” (International Piano). Her recent concerto highlights include debuts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (performing Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto), Turku Philharmonic Orchestra (Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 23) and Chamber Orchestra Mannheim (Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 9 and Haydn’s Piano Concerto in G major, Hob XVIII:4). She has played with other notable orchestras, including the CBSO, Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, Orchestre national d’Île-de-France, Britten Sinfonia and Lucerne Symphony Orchestra.

Among recent recital highlights are performances at the Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Lucerne Festival, Zürich Tonhalle, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Antwerp deSingel, Leeds International Piano Series, Oxford Piano Festival, The Phillips Collection (Washington, DC) and New York’s 92nd Street Y.

Equally at home as a chamber musician, Rushdie Momen has worked with recital partners Guy Johnston, Zlatomir Fung, Joshua Bell, Midori, Angela Hewitt, Stephen Waarts, Timothy Ridout, Anthony Marwood, Steven Isserlis as well as new partnerships with musicians including Alasdair Beatson, Mark Padmore and Héloïse Werner. Festival engagements include those at the Rheingau Musik, Hindsgavl, Chipping Campden Music and Trasimeno Music festivals, and the new Casals Forum (Kronberg) and IMS Prussia Cove. Rushdie Momen was The Times arts critics’ chosen nominee in the field of classical music for their 2021 Breakthrough Award, part of the South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

Mishka Rushdie Momen studied with Joan Havill and Imogen Cooper at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She also studied periodically with Richard Goode, and at the Kronberg Academy with Sir András Schiff, who has presented her in recital and orchestral engagements across the USA and Europe. Rushdie Momen’s studies at the Kronberg Academy were generously funded by the Henle Foundation.

For Rushdie Momen’s booklet notes on this album visit:

https://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/notes/68445-B.pdf

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