Venue: Leatherhead Methodist Church Parking: Swan Centre Multi-Storey or Church Street
2017 Season Sponsor: Patricia Morgan Optician
Supported by: Leatherhead Concert & Arts Society
Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) Piano Sonata No 62 in E-flat major, Hob. XVI:52 (1794) I Allegro (Moderator) II Adagio III Finale: Presto
Alban Berg (1885-1935) Piano Sonata Op 1 (1907-8)
Frédéric François Chopin (1810-1849) Fantaisie in F minor, Op 49 (1841)
concert duration: 45-50 minutes
Free Concert, with a retiring collection to cover costs. Tea and coffee will be available after the concert.
Frederic Bager is a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studies with Ian Fountain. He is a beneficiary of the Kulturprozent artists promotion programme of the Swiss retail company Migros.
Previously a student of Andrew Ball and scholar at the Royal College of Music, London, Frederic completed his studies there in July 2016 with a First and, for his interpretation of Beethoven, he received the Kendall Taylor Prize.
Born in London in 1991, Frederic grew up in Switzerland. He began playing the piano at an early age, first studying privately, then at the Lausanne and Geneva conservatories. In 2007 Frederic was awarded a scholarship to study with John Byrne at Wells Cathedral School, Somerset. In 2009 he performed Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Wells Cathedral School Chamber Orchestra on a tour of China and Hong Kong.
In 2010 he won the Moray Piano Competition in Elgin, Scotland, and was a keyboard finalist in the BBC Young Musician competition, broadcast on BBC Four.
Always interested in bringing music to new audiences, in 2013 Frederic embarked on a tour of India with his bassoonist brother Jeremy and their father Jonathan (flute), offering chamber and solo piano music to enthusiastic audiences in Bombay, Goa, Calcutta, Bangalore and Pune.
Frederic Bager is a versatile accompanist. Whilst at the Royal College of Music he was chosen to take part in a weekend of masterclasses and concerts on Schubert Lieder given by the celebrated accompanist Roger Vignoles. He pursues his interest in song, notably accompanying Dame Felicity Lott in late 2016.
Frederic has formed successful duos with emerging artists, such as violinist William Dutton, flautist Jaymee Coonjobeharry, and cellist Constantin Macherel with whom, in January 2017, he gave a live concert of 20th century works for Swiss radio channel Espace 2.
Today’s programme is formed of works which Frederic will present at the prestigious Clara Haskil piano competition in Vevey, Switzerland, this August.
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Our concert opens today with Haydn's final and most agree greatest Piano Sonata, No 62, Hob XVI: 52, in E major. Written for the pianoforte's predecessor, the fortepiano, in 1794, we have chosen a 2011 modern piano performance by Andras Schiff:
Next we hear Alban Berg's Opus 1, Piano Sonata in One Movement. The performer here is Glenn Gould, in 1974. Alternatively, you might prefer to follow the musical score as Maria Yudina performs in a recording from 1964:
It is unusual for us to hear a concert of three major works, however, as he explains in his biographical notes, Frederic Bager is preparing for a competition in Switzerland. It is our pleasure to give him this opportunity to perform to a live audience in preparation for the competition. This performance of Chopin's Fantasie in F minor Op 49 comes from Portuguese pianist Maria Joao Pires:
Frederic has several recordings of his own solo piano performances on youtube. You can listen to works by Mozart, Chopin, Debussy, Schubert, or JS Bach on this linked page.