CMF Lunchtime Concert Series – Antoine Preat
CMF Artist Antoine Préat, hot off the heels of his recent signing to French record label naïve, and rising star cellist Geithrudur Guðmundsdóttir join forces for a lunchtime concert exploring an array of music for cello and piano from Beethoven, Brahms, Prokofiev and Thomas Adés.
Opening the concert are Beethoven’s 7 variations on Mozart’s Magic Flute, one of his most famous operas. Thomas Adés’ Lieux retrouvés was written for Steven Isserlis, who described the suite as “extraordinary”, while Brahms’ rhythmic, driving “Scherzo” has proved a favourite for chamber musicians throughout history. Completing the programme is Prokofiev’s Cello Sonata, a joyful and movingly lyrical work written shortly after much of the composer’s music was banned during Stalin’s later years in control of the Soviet Union.
This concert will be held in the historic surroundings of Mercers’ Hall – the Worshipful Company of Mercers dates back over 700 years and ranks first in the Livery Companies’ order of precedence. It is part of City Music Foundation’s Livery Halls Tour series, providing members of the general public with a rare glimpse at how the City of London works, with an hour’s chamber music from the talented emerging artists supported by CMF.
Tickets are only available in advance via City Music Foundation’s website.
Beethoven 7 variations on Magic Flute
Adès Lieux retrouvés
Brahms “Scherzo” from F-A-E Sonata
Prokofiev Cello Sonata in C major, Op. 119
Antoine Préat piano
Geithrudur Anna Guðmundsdóttir cello
About Antoine Préat
Winner of the Philip and Dorothy Green Award 2020 and a City Music Foundation Artist, Franco-Belgian pianist Antoine Préat is a young artist to watch. London-based for several years, Antoine has been invited to perform in prestigious venues including the Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Salle Gaveau, Salle Cortot, Paris Beaux Arts Museum, Frederyk Chopin Insitute, as well as festivals such as the Nohant Chopin Festival, Lisztomanias, Chopin à Bagatelle, Les Nuits du Piano in Paris, IMS Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove and Encuentro de Santander. He has appeared on BBC Radio 3, France Musique, Scala Radio and TRT Radio 3.
About Geithrudur Anna Guðmundsdóttir
Praised for her “agile and passionate” and “exceedingly lively” playing (Fréttablaðið, Reykjavik), Icelandic-American cellist Geirþrúður Anna Guðmundsdóttir has performed internationally at venues like Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the Southbank Centre and appeared as a soloist with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra (ISO), the Iceland Youth Orchestra, and the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra. Her recent concert tour of Iceland featuring the six Bach Cello Suites was hailed as “an awe-inspiring experience” (Jónas Sen, Fréttablaðið).