Piano Perspectives: An Evening with Three Artists
In support of the motor neurone disease association
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Nurry Lee is a South Korean - British pianist who began studying the piano at the age of six with her mother. Three years later, she won her first concerto competition at the age of nine.
She attended the Royal College of Music, studying with Ian Jones, Sofya Gulyak and Dmitri Alexeev, where she was awarded the Milstein Award. Nurry also studied at the Korea National University of Arts in Seoul, with Jinsang Lee. She was generously supported by F.W Wright Pianos while completing her Artistic Diploma at the Royal Northern College of Northern in Manchester studying with Graham Scott. While there, she won first prize at the RNCM Chopin Competition.
Praised as being a ‘wonderful pianist’ by Grammy-winning pianist, Emanuel Ax, Nurry has performed all across Europe, U.K., Asia and West Africa.
Regarded as one of the most dynamic pianists of her generation, Nurry has gained international recognition. She has played on BBC Radio 3 with her piano trio, Trio Rouge. She made her recent debut in Seoul, South Korea to a sold out concert.
She won First Prize at the Piano House International Piano Competition 2023 and made her debut at Carnegie Hall in New York the same year.
Charlie Hooper-Williams aka Larkhall
Composer, inventor and concert pianist Larkhall (Charlie Hooper-Williams) uses custom-built machines to create new sounds and visuals that accent, highlight and accompany his stirring, beautiful performances. Originally from Chicago, he now makes his home in the UK.
In his youth as a classical pianist, Larkhall was a prizewinner at the International Shostakovich Piano Competition. Upon leaving that rarified world he toured with several bands, performing from SXSW and CMJ festivals to London’s Cafe Oto, and collaborated with multi-Grammy-winning ensemble eighth blackbird. He has performed works by Rzewski and Corigliano, including city-level premieres. He briefly stepped into the tech industry to help develop the app Shazam, after which he returned to music, now composing his own works.
Following a run at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival, Larkhall was awarded a development grant from UKRI. His performances showcase the results of his work developing a “harmonics machine” which changes the sound of some notes of the piano, an “infinite resonator” which allows the piano’s sound to build and grow without limit, and a series of onstage pixels and visual projections which interpret each composition in a new and engaging way.
Matt Walters aka Reductio
Reductio has had a busy twelve months, gaining well over 90,000 followers across all platforms, had interviews with BBC Radio and ITV News, and, most recently, has become an Associate Artist at Fairfield Halls, Croydon.
He studied classics at Homerton College, Cambridge where he also held an organ scholarship. He is now pursuing a career in music.
Doors open at 7pm
Refreshments are available at the interval between 8.30 - 8.45 pm
In support of the motor neurone disease association - https://www.mndassociation.org/
Kawai has kindly loaned a Shigeru Kawai Concert Grand Piano for this concert with support from The Piano Shop Bath.
Ian Downs from ITV WestCountry has kindly agreed to host this event