RACHEL ROBERTS & TIM HORTON
Thursday 29 October 2020 at 7:30 pm at
St Mary's Church
Rachel Roberts viola
Tim Horton piano
Schumann Märchenbilder (Fairy Tale Pictures) for viola & piano, Op.113
Beethoven Piano Sonata in E minor, Op.90
Vieuxtemps Capriccio Hommage a Paganini in C minor for solo viola, Op.55
Schubert Piano Sonata in A, D.664
Brahms Viola Sonata in F minor, Op.120 No.1
Rachel Roberts is one of Europe's leading violists and performs internationally as soloist and chamber musician.
As soloist she has collaborated with conductors Christoph von Dohnanyi, Andras Schiff and Richard Hickox, performing concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Koln Kammerorchester, Kammerphilharmonie Graubunden in Switzerland and the Manchester Camerata Chamber Orchestra amongst others. She was the featured viola soloist in the BBC TV documentary 'The Passions of Vaughan Williams' with Richard Hickox and the Philharmonia Orchestra, and has performed Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante alongside violinists Christian Tetzlaff, Antje Weithaas and Benjamin Schmid in Germany, Switzerland and London.
Rachel enjoys a busy schedule of chamber music. She has appeared as chamber musician at Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Musikverein (Grand Saal) Vienna, Alte Oper Frankfurt, and Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, St John's Smith Square and King's Place in London. Rachel is a regular guest at international chamber music festivals such as Salzburg Festival, Wiener Festwochen, Schubertiade, Heimbach, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Hamburg 'Oestertone', Lofoten, and Stift.
Prizes for her chamber music recordings include a Diapason D'or, CD of the month in Fonoforum Magazine and BBC Chamber Choice in Gramophone Magazine. She has recorded chamber music for Hyperion, Champs Hill Records, Signum Classics, cAVI and Deutsche Rundfunk.
Following the success of her second solo CD (Schubert, Britten and Shostakovich) with pianist Lars Vogt on the cAVI label, along with piano quartet and string sextet performances in Japan in 2016, Rachel Roberts joined Lars Vogt, Christian Tetzlaff, Antje Weithaas and Isabelle Faust again in 2017 for further chamber music collaborations, both in Germany and the U.K. She also performed with Steven Isserlis and Joshua Bell, continuing these collaborations with two concerts at Wigmore Hall during 2018. In 2020 she will join Christian Tetzlaff, Florian Donderer, Marie Elisabeth Hecker and Tanja Tetzlaff to perform and record Schubert's String Quintet in C major, D. 956, alongside 'Schwanengesang' with Julian Pregardien and Martin Helmchen.
Rachel Roberts is Professor of Viola at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In the UK she has given masterclasses at the Britten Pears Young Artists Programme, Dartington International Summer School, Chethams School of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Each summer, Rachel teaches at leading European summer schools such as Musique a Flaine in the French Alps, Aurora Chamber Music Festival in Sweden and at the Yehudi Menuhin School of Music. She holds the Institute of Education qualification: Professional Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education, and recently became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Tim Horton is one of the leading chamber pianists of his generation. He is a founder member of both the Leonore Piano Trio and Ensemble 360 and has been a regular guest pianist with the Nash Ensemble.
In recent years he has also been gaining a reputation as a solo pianist. He presented a complete Beethoven Sonata cycle at the Crucible Studio, Sheffield for Music in the Round between 2011 and 2015, where he is currently engaged in a cycle of Schubert Sonatas, and was invited to make his solo debut at Wigmore Hall in 2016 where he will be giving further solo recitals in the coming seasons.
Following two performances of Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle at Symphony Hall, Birmingham and the Royal Festival Hall, London in 1995, at the recommendation of Alfred Brendel, Tim was asked to give concerts with the RLPO, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra.
With the Leonore Piano Trio, Tim has given concerts throughout the UK, Scandinavia, New Zealand and Europe. They have performed a cycle of the complete Beethoven Trios at King’s Place, London and have repeated the cycle at various venues since then. They have produced five discs for Hyperion, the latest of which, the first disc in a complete Parry Trio cycle appeared in February 2019. They have also recorded the complete Piano Trios of David Matthews for Toccata Classics. Future plans include further cycles of the Beethoven Trios and concerts at the Wigmore Hall and throughout the UK and Europe.
With Ensemble 360, a mixed group of strings, wind and piano that took up residency at the Crucible Studio in Sheffield in 2005, he has performed to great acclaim throughout the UK and abroad. The Ensemble presents an annual nine-day festival in May, in collaboration with Music in the Round, which this year includes a day devoted to the music of Brahms, performances of works by Thomas Ades, Messiaen and Britten and several children’s events. The Ensemble has also recorded discs of works by Mozart, Beethoven, Spohr and Poulenc.
Tim has performed regularly at the Aldeburgh, Bath, Elverum, Plush, Presteigne, Midsummer Music and North Norfolk festivals. In 2018 he was invited to curate two weekends of concerts at the Plush Festival in Dorset. The repertoire included music from Gesualdo, through Bach, Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms, to Stockhausen, Kurtag, Boulez and Michael Berkeley performed by the Fieri Consort, The Heath Quartet, Sir Andras Schiff and many close colleagues from the world of chamber music.
Tim has performed with many leading chamber musicians including the Elias, Vertavo and Talich Quartets, Paul Lewis, Imogen Cooper, Alasdair Beatson, Bjorg Lewis, Robin Ireland (with whom he has released two discs), Peter Cropper, Adrian Brendel and Rachel Roberts.