Saturday 21st October 2017, 7.45 pm, St Wilfrids Church:

JULIA PUSKER (violin) and THOMAS ANG (piano)

logo    Making Music Philip & Dorothy Green Young Concert Artist


Julia Pusker

Júlia Pusker was born into a family of musicians in Hungary, where she began her violin studies at the age of five. Two years later she was awarded the First Prize at the János Koncz National Violin Competition held in Szombathely.  Recently she has been a recipient of ‘Zoltán Kodály Prize’ and ‘Junior Prima Primissima Prize’ in her native Hungary. At the age of twelve, she made her concerto debut with Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra to critical acclaim, which led to an invitation to perform in the following season.
In 2005 she became a student at the Preparatory Section of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music for Children of Exceptional Talents in Budapest. At the age of seventeen, she made her first appearance with the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and has since been a regular guest soloist under its director János Rolla.

In 2011 she moved to London to further her studies under the guidance of György Pauk at the Royal Academy of Music where she graduated in 2016. During her studies she had been generously supported by The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Drake Calleja Trust, the Hattori Foundation, Leverhulme Trust Orchestral Mentorship Programme, Liszt Academy Network, Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, and the Oetker Scholarship. In 2013 she recorded the chamber version of Bruckner 2nd symphony with Trevor Pinnock and the Royal Academy Soloists Ensemble for the Royal Academy of Music’s second disc in their Chamber Symphony Series, which was released on Linn Records. In 2010 she was featured in a documentary called ‘Invisible Strings - The talented Pusker Sisters’ and was widely recognised all around the World.

The 2017-2018 season includes concerto appearances with Concerto Budapest, Sinfonia Varsovia, the MAV Symphony Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, as well as further concerts in Belgium, Italy, South America, Hungary, England and Germany. Since September 2016, she has been artist in residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels, under the direction of Augustin Dumay. In the same year she was selected as a 'St. John’s Smith Square Young Generation Artist' and a 'Making Music Philip & Dorothy Green Young Concert Artist'; tonight's concert is kindly supported by the Making Music scheme.

Thomas Ang

Born and raised in Singapore, Thomas Ang is currently under the tutelage of Hamish Milne at the Royal Academy of Music. He has won prizes for his performances of Beethoven, Frederick Delius, Arthur Bliss and the contemporary piano repertoire. He is an avid performer of the music of contemporary composers, and has also earned recognition as a specialist in the music of Nikolai Kapustin, having played local and world premieres of his compositions in the UK, Singapore, Australia and Taiwan.

He is very actively involved in chamber music, having founded a piano duo (Duo Ex Libris) which recently performed the complete non-sonata piano works of Boulez, including the two books of Structures. They have performed in London as well as various successful concerts in Australia and around the UK. In other chamber groups he maintains a strong interest in obscure and neglected repertoire of the late Romantic as well as 20th-century British music. In addition, Thomas is an experienced orchestral pianist, having recently toured with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain across three seasons, and is in demand as an opera répétiteur, working on productions ranging from Mozart to Donizetti to Britten.

Other than the piano, Thomas also plays the violin, which he studies as a second instrument at the Academy with Diana Cummings, and in his spare time writes poetry and solo piano arrangements of Lieder and various art-songs.

The programme will include:
Joachim Romance Op. 2 No. 1
Mozart Violin Sonata in A major KV. 526
Schubert Rondo Brillante

Franck Violin Sonata in A major
Bazzini Dance of the goblins