Venue: Leatherhead Methodist Church Parking: Swan Centre Multi-Storey or Church Street
2017 Season Sponsor: Patricia Morgan Optician
Supported by: Leatherhead Concert & Arts Society
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710-1784) Viola Duetto in G major, F61 1 Allegro di molto 2 Scherzo 3 Vivace
Frank Bridge (1879-1941) Lament in C minor, for Two Violas, H101 (1911-1912)
Béla Bartók (1881-1945) arr Peter Bartók a selection from 44 Duos for Two Violins, Sz 98 (1931)
Free Concert, with a retiring collection to cover costs. Tea and coffee will be available after the concert.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, violist Ting-Ru Lai appeared as a soloist at the Malaysian Royal Gala Concert at the age of 16. She won several top prizes in competitions such as the Queens Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, National Taiwan Viola Competition, Baroque Viola Competition and Guan-Du Rising Stars Concerto Competition.
In 2015, she was selected to the finalist and the semifinalist of International Hugo Kauder Competition for Viola, the 5th Windsor Festival International String Competition and International Viola Competition Città di Cremona, and has performed with Philharmonie Baden-Baden, Hsin-Tien Symphony Orchestra and Yu-Yun Youth Orchestra. She has currently been awarded the Rising Star at Taiwan IBT Education Foundation.
In July 2016, Ting-Ru was selected to Tabea Zimmermann’s masterclass at the Hindemith Foundation in Switzerland, and performed in Verbier. She has taken apart in many masterclasses such as Prussia Cove Masterclass, Mozarteum Sommer Akademie, Carl Flesch Akademie, and has had the privilege to work with Tabea Zimmermann, Nobuko Imai, Hariolf Schlichtig, Thomas Riebl, Lars Anders Tomter, Hartmut Rohde, Michael Tree, Donald Weilerstein and Itzhak Perlman.
As a dedicated chamber musician, Ting-Ru has worked with members of Guarneri Quartet, Cleveland Quartet, Brentano Quartet, Borromeo Quartet, Miro Quartet and Emerson Quartet. Her performances at international major venues include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Jordan Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Milton Court and Barbican Centre. She has also been invited to many festivals such as Mozart Festival, Musethica Chamber Music Festival, Festival NEXT GENERATION, MAIASTRA Chamber Concert, Moritzburg International Music Festival, Perlman Music Program, Taos School of Music and Taiwan Connection Festival; as well as several concert series with The Soloists of London, New York Classical Players, Carnegie Ensemble, Boston Chamber Orchestra, Cambridge Arts Composer Focus and New Asia Chamber Music Society.
Ting-Ru was a member of Gioviale Quartet from year 2012 to 2014. They were awarded twice as the Honor Ensemble at New England Conservatory. They gave several recitals at the renowned Jordan Hall, and many workshops in local schools. The Gioviale Quartet was invited to Vermont Chamber Music Series and Capital City Concert Series where they also collaborated with Borromeo String Quartet.
Violist Ting-Ru Lai started learning the piano at the age of 4 and the viola at the age of 9. Following her studies in Taipei she moved to New York for her Masters degree with Hsin-Yun Huang and in 2014 she graduated from New England Conservatory studying with Dimitri Murrath. She is now a student of David Takeno on the Artist Diploma programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on a scholarship of her duration of studies. She has been selected to the London Symphony Orchestra String Experience Scheme 2016-2017, and is currently on trial for No 2 Principal Viola at the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast.
Ting-Ru was last in Surrey as recently as November 2016 when she was the violist in a MAIASTRA quartet, performing piano quartets by Mozart and Dvořák.
Born in London in 1995, Timothy studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Martin Outram, graduating in 2016 with the Queen’s Award for Excellence. He is currently at the Kronberg Academy in Germany studying with Nobuko Imai.
In 2016 Timothy was the first ever British winner of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT). Previous awards include 1st Prize at the 2014 Cecil Aronowitz and 2nd Prize at the 2015 Windsor Festival International String Competitions.
Engagements this season include recitals at Wigmore Hall, Munich Gasteig, Verbier Academy & Festival and Schloss Elmau. He takes part in the Eggenfelden Klassisch, Koblenz, Beethoven Bonn Festivals, IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music and gives performances with the Nash Ensemble. In 2017 he returns to appear as soloist with the Baden-Baden Philharmonie and performs Mozart with the European Union Chamber Orchestra. Earlier this year he recorded his first CD of music by Vieuxtemps for Champs Hill Records, due for release shortly.
As a soloist Timothy has performed the Walton Concerto at St John’s Smith Square, and appeared with the Zagreb Soloists, Rotterdam Philharmonic Strings, Young Musicians Symphony and Birmingham Conservatoire Orchestras, performing concertos by Martinů, Bruch, Forsyth, and Mozart. Earlier this year he gave the premiere of a new work by Desmond Clarke with the Melos Ensemble at Milton Court in London.
A keen chamber musician, Timothy has taken part in the Bad Kissinger Sommer Festival, Germany, Schubertiade Festival, Austria, Musique à Marsac, France, Accademia dei Cameristi, Italy, and the Next Generation Festival in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland. He was a member of the Celan Quartet between 2011-14, undertaking residencies at the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival and Musikdorf Ernen, Switzerland.
Other awards include the European String Teachers Association Prize at the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Pörtschach, Austria, and a Special Prize at the Max Rostal International Competition in Berlin in 2015. He has participated in masterclasses with Lawrence Power, Maxim Rysanov, Hartmut Rohde and Thomas Riebl, and between 2013-2016 worked intensively at the International Musikakademie in Fürstentem, Liechtenstein as a scholarship holder. Timothy is very grateful for support from the Bowerman Charitable Trust.
Timothy plays on a Viola by Pergerino di Zanetto c1565-75 generously on loan from Beares International Violin Society.
Timothy has a website which you can visit on this link. He also has some stunning full-length video performances, including with accompanist Ke Ma at the Wigmore Hall, and a performance at Bad Ragaz, on this webpage.
Concert at Home
If you cannot be with us at the lunchtime concert you can enjoy a similar Concert at Home by clicking through the buttons below:
First, here is an excellent video about the viola and how it is played. There turns out to be more to it than merely pulling and pushing a bow across some strings. Nicholas Bootiman of the Philharmonia Orchestra explains all in this 6-minute video introduction to his instrument:
JS Bach's oldest son, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, wrote a considerable number of compositions. Ting-Ru and Timothy have chosen to open their concert today with his Viola Duetto in G major. In this video from the 2013 Talalyan Brothers Festival in Yerevan, Armenia, we hear Yana Daryan and Anna Yesayants:
Frank Bridge originally wrote two pieces for viola duo, around 1911-12, Caprice and Lament. Sadly, the manuscript for Caprice has been lost. Only Lament survives. We hear Canadian violist Marina Thibeault, in her graduation recital, with Michael Tree, under whom she studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, Center City, Philadelphia, USA:
Béla Bartók wrote his 44 Duos for Violin in 1931. His son Peter arranged them for violas. Ting-Ru and Timothy will play their own selection from the 44, so here is a further selection for your online enjoyment.
Itzhak Perlman & Pinchas Zukerman: No 1 Teasing Song (left), 16 Burlesque (centre), 28 Sorrow (right)
Our final video comes from a concert that mirrors the intimate atmosphere we try to achieve for the lunchtime concerts at LMC. Composer and pianist Mr Park Sang Choo had the idea of presenting concerts in his own house, in a suburb of Seoul, South Korea. It's going well as this recording of viola players Myung Hee Cho and Yoon Ji Kang comes from a concert in 2013 which was number 363 . Like our duo today, the players have picked a short selection of Bartók's 44 duos:
You may like to read more about arranger Peter Bartók, and his biography of his famous composer father: