Saturday 26th May 2018

Michael Foyle, Maxim Stsura, Raphael Lang

Michael Foyle

Michael Foyle

Maxim Stsura web

Maxim Stsura

Raphael Lang1

Raphael Lang


Vaughan Williams. The Lark Ascending (original version for violin and piano)
Ravel. Piano Trio in A minor
Shostakovich. Piano Trio No 2 in E minor Op.67

This concert sees the return of the violinist Michael Foyle and pianist Maxim Stsura. They will be joined by the French / American cellist Raphael Lang, to perform the works that Ravel and Vaughan Williams composed before enlisting and ending with Shostakovich’s piano trio written in Leningrad in the midst of the Second World War.

Michael Foyle

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‘playing of compelling conviction’ (The Daily Telegraph)
 ‘full of sparkling detail, with tonal beauty and incisive rhythmic clarity, balancing wit and poetry’ (The Strad),

Michael Foyle won The Netherlands Violin Competition 2016. His acclaimed performance of Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto no.1 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra led to an immediate invitation to give his debut recital at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. In recent seasons, he also made his solo debuts at Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Buckingham Palace, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Estonia Concert Hall and New York Chamber Music Festival, performing live on BBC Radio 3, NPO Radio 4 and Estonia Klassikaradio.

During 2016–17, Michael performs the concertos of Beethoven, Bruch, Brahms, Elgar, Korngold, Lalo, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. In recital, he appears at Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Usher Hall, Queen’s Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, as well as in festivals in Austria, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Russia and the US. In addition to his solo and chamber performances, Michael is engaged this season as Guest Concertmaster of BBC Symphony Orchestra and Halle Orchestra.

Born in Ayrshire in 1991, Michael gave his concerto debut at Edinburgh Festival Theatre aged eight. He went on to win the BBC Young Musician of the Year Tabor Award 2008 and the Royal Over-Seas League String Competition 2013, subsequently performing as artist for City Music Foundation, Park Lane Group, Kirckman Concert Society and Making Music Young Concert.  His acclaimed duo with pianist Maksim Štšura won the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Competition and the Salieri–Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in 2015.

Upon graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2015, Michael was awarded the Regency Award for Excellence and the Roth Prize for the highest violin mark of the year. Alongside his studies with Maureen Smith, he received artistic guidance from Olivier Charlier, James Ehnes, Stephen Kovacevich and Maxim Vengerov. He completed his studies with a Certificate of Performance degree with Pavel Vernikov at the Vienna Konservatorium. Michael plays a Gennaro Gagliano violin (1750) on loan and is represented by Interartists Amsterdam.

Maksim Štšura

Maxim Stsura web

Maksim Štšura is an Estonian pianist  and chamber musician who has performed in concert halls across the United Kingdom, including St Martin-in-the-Fields, Purcell Room and  Wigmore Hall, as well as the Lichfield , Harrogate and King’s Lynn Festivals. He received his Master of Music degree from the Royal College of Music in 2013, studying under Gordon Fergus-Thompson and has also completed the prestigious Artist Diploma course with him in 2014. Maksim is currently on a Doctoral course at the Royal College of Music taking part in master classes with Dmitry Bashkirov, Stephen Hough, John Lill and Barry Douglas,

He has won prizes in several international competitions, including First Prize at the 7th Estonian Piano Competition (2008), the Steinway-Klavierspiel-Wettbewerb in Germany (2004) and the International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Estonia (2000) .Maksim has performed extensively in the UK, Germany, Austria, Holland, Finland, Estonia and Russia. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Saint Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra, the National Opera Estonia Symphony Orchestra,

Maksim is in demand as a chamber musician. He is a regular partner of the violinist Michael Foyle forming the Foyle –Stsura Duo, winning the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Duo Competition. The Daily Telegraph described a recent concert as producing ‘playing of compelling conviction with astonishing mutual feeling, understanding and responsiveness.

Raphael Lang

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Raphael Lang, (born in 1990) is a French-American cellist. From the age of 13, he studied at the National Regional Conservatory of Paris with Marc Coppey, Raphael Pidoux and Erwan Faure. After having graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2013 under David Strange, he completed his Masters degree with Mats Lidstrom. He has participated in masterclasses with Truls Mork, Raphael Wallfisch, Robert Cohen, Colin Carr, David Finckel, Christoph Henkel and Valter Despalj. He has been the Principal cello of the Royal Academy Sainsbury Soloists since 2012, and has led the cello section in all the other various orchestras. As a developing orchestral musician, he has performed with the LSO as part of their String Experience Scheme and has played with the Britten Sinfonia. He has been a full member of the European Union Youth Orchestra since 2013. He also frequently performs in the USA as a soloist and chamber musician. In 2008 he was a finalist in the Competition Jeunes Talents in Paris. At the Royal Academy, he was the winner of the May Mukle Prize 2011, the David Martin/Florence Hooton Prize 2012 ,the Wolfe Wolfinsohn Prize 2014 and has received the Robert Alva Memorial Prize, the Ruth Waddell Fund Award and the Sir Peter Halling Prize. He was designated a Leverhulme Mentor for the year 2012/2013. Raphael is grateful towards the Shoresh Charitable Trust for generously supporting him during his postgraduate studies.