ARTISTS: Stephen de Pledge (piano), Martin Rummel (cello)
As it is usual for an all-round musician nowadays, Mr Rummel does not limit himself to one form of musical expression in his career, which manifests itself by engagements at the world’s leading festivals, venues and ensembles. All his activities are well documented by a large discography on a number of labels, such as Musicaphon, Gramola, paladino music, Redcliffe Recordings and Naxos.
Additionally, he is the editor and author of a series of commented editions of all standard etudes for cello for Bärenreiter-Verlag, which brought him a world-wide reputation as a pedagogue. Mr Rummel is currently teaching a cello studio at The University of Auckland (New Zealand) and is regularly giving masterclasses all over the world.
New Zealand pianist Stephen De Pledge is one of the most exciting and versatile musicians of his generation. He studied at the University of Auckland, and then with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. His career was launched after winning the Gold Medal from the Guildhall, and the NFMS Young Concert Artists’ Award, and he has since maintained a diverse and wide-ranging performing schedule, as soloist, chamber musician and song accompanist.
Stephen’s solo performances have taken him throughout the UK, including five solo recitals in the Wigmore Hall in London, where he made his acclaimed debut in 1999. He has also given solo performances in Hong Kong, Italy, France, Singapore, Japan, Australia and the USA. Concerto appearances include the Philharmonia (London) and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras, and performances in the Barbican and Fairfield Halls. He has recorded solo works of Bliss, Messiaen and Arvo Pärt, for whom he made the world premiere recording of the piano sonatinas. He also made the premiere recording of the 4 Piano Preludes of Gorecki.
|10 June 12||Russian Programme||3pm||Ilott Theatre
Wellington Town Hall
|Wellington (Sunday Concerts)|