Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) Bachianas Brasileiras No.6 Aria - Largo for flute and bassoon (1938) 1 Ária (chôro) - Largo
Edward Elgar (1857-1934) Romance for bassoon solo Op 62 (1910)
Theobald Boehm (1794-1881) Fantasie on a theme by Schubert "Le Desir" Op 21 (1831) (flute and piano)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Allegro from Piano Trio No 3 in B-flat major, K.502 for flute, bassoon and piano (1786, for piano, violin, cello)
Alena Lugovkina, flute
Alena Lugovkina, UK-based Russian flautist, Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, holds a Bachelor of Music from the Royal Academy of Music with Distinction where she was awarded the highest woodwind exam mark of that graduating year. At the Academy she studied with William Bennett and Patricia Morris (piccolo). She received her MMus, with Distinction, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she studied on the Orchestral Course with Philippa Davies, Sarah Newbold, Ian Clarke and Sharon Williams (piccolo).
Last summer Miss Lugovkina was invited to be a coach at the International Music Festival in Switzerland “Verbier Festival” Amateur Chamber Week and was also selected to be one of the very few musicians to take part in the new Verbier Festival’s Outreach programme. That same summer she gave concerts in the music conservatoires and academies of Porto (Portugal) including concert and masterclass in ESMAE (Conservatoire of Music and Theatre). She is visiting tutor and visiting ensemble coach at the Birmingham Conservatoire, The Purcell School, and the Junior Royal Academy of Music.
At the age of 20, at a British Flute Society Convention, Alena Lugovkina performed a prestigious solo recital followed by playing duets with Principal Flautist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Emmanuel Pahud in his recital. The following summer, Alena was teaching assistant at the William Bennett International Flute Summer School where she also shared a recital and performed duets with Denis Bouriakov. She has performed solo works with some of the world's leading orchestras, including the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra.
Alena has performed at the most prestigious UK venues including Royal Festival Hall, Buckingham Palace, Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, King’s Place and last summer in the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. She has played concerts in Canada, Japan, UK, USA, Russia, Germany, Austria and Spain. Alena has won several prestigious awards whilst studying including the Hattori Foundation Award, The Leverhulme Trust Award, The Philharmonia MMSF Award, “Wolfson Foundation Award”, “Jo Weinberg Award”, “Elizabeth Spater Award”. She won 1st Prize at the RAM flute competition, 1st Prize and Sebastian Bell award at the British Flute Society’s Competitions as well as 1st Prize at the 13th International Flute Competition “Friedrich Kuhlau” in Germany, duetting with Kayoko Minamino - Principal Flute of Orquestra do Norte (Portugal).
In 2013 she was awarded an Exceptional Talent Tier1 visa to live and work in the United Kingdom awarded by the Arts Council of England and Home Office UK, making her one of only 35 professionals in the world to have received this visa that year.
As an orchestral player, Alena has recently played as a Guest Principal with the Philharmonia Orchestra, and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She is currently on trial with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Northern Sinfonia and has been on trials with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and has been a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra, Switzerland, Orpheus Sinfonia, London Mahler Orchestra and Britten-Pears Orchestra as well as taking workshops in the Orchestral Academy Ossiach (Austria), where she played chamber music with soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Alena is also a keen chamber musician, being a flute in the Atéa wind quintet since its formation. Since 2012 Atéa have been the Associate Ensemble in Residence at Birmingham Conservatoire and have upcoming concerts in London and other cities of the United Kingdom including a recital in the Wigmore Hall. They were the first wind group for many years to win the Kirckman Concert Society’s audition. Last summer Atéa performed in the Cheltenham Music Festival in England and the Tunnell’s Trust chamber music festival in Scotland.
Ashley Myall, bassoon
Born in Surrey, Ashley began learning the bassoon aged 10, and soon
began studies at the Royal College of Music Junior Department. He
recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and was awarded a
masters degree in 2011. Prior to this he completed a B.Mus. at the
University of Leeds, graduating in 2009. In 2007 he was awarded a place
at the Hochschule für Musik Köln where he studied with Georg Klütsch.
his studies he was actively involved in many of the projects taking
place inside and around these institutions. Highlights include, working
with Sir Simon Rattle for a performance of Bruckner’s ‘Ninth Symphony
mov1.’ in March of 2011, and taking part in the LSO scheme, as principal
bassoon looking at Stravinsky’s ‘Petrushka’ in February 2010, and
working with Joost Bosdijk and Gareth Davies.
Ashley has taken
part in a number of masterclasses with eminent bassoonists including
Julie Price; Marco Lugaresi, Graham Sheen, Robin O’Neill, Andrea de Flammenis, Daniel Jemison and Meyrick Alexander.
also performs with the up and coming Azalea and Size Zero Opera
Company, who specialise in performances of contemporary music for
chamber ensemble. Ashley recently performed the premier of Blair Foley’s
– ‘We’re All Mad Here’, at the Tête à Tête opera festival in
Hammersmith with Size Zero, and is taking part in upcoming performances
of several new works and other contemporary works at Kings Place and the
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with Azalea.
also performed regularly as a soloist, with solo performances at the
Leeds Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, The David Josefowitz Recital
Hall – RAM, Ripon Cathedral, and the Leeds General Infirmary Chapel, in
July this year, he is making his debut orchestral concerto appearance,
performing the Mozart Bassoon Concerto with the Redhill Sinfonia.
is orchestral manager of the University of London Symphony Orchestra,
and regularly performs with them in concerts in central London.
Viv McLean, piano
Viv McLean won First Prize at the 2002 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona and has performed in all the major venues in the UK, as well as throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA. He has performed concertos with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, National Musicians Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Viva and the Scottish Concert Orchestra under the baton of such conductors as Wayne Marshall, Christopher Warren-Green, Owain Arwell Hughes, Carl Davis and Marvin Hamlisch. As a keen chamber musician he has collaborated with many groups including the Leopold String Trio and the Sacconi String Quartet as well as artists such as Natalie Clein, Daniel Hope, Guy Johnston and Lawrence Power. Viv has appeared at festivals including the International Beethoven Festival, Bonn, the Festival de Saintes, France, Vinterfestspill i Bergstaden, Norway and the Cheltenham International Festival, and has recorded for Sony Classical Japan, Naxos, and the RPO label. Viv has recorded regularly for BBC Radio 3 as well as for radio in Germany, France, Australia, Norway, and Poland.
Viv McLean revealed extraordinary originality, superb simplicity, and muscles of steel hidden by fingers of velvet. He plays with the genius one finds in those who know how to forget themselves, naturally placing themselves at the right point to meet the music, this mystery of the moment. Le Monde (Paris).
Concert at Home
If you cannot be with us at the lunchtime concert you can enjoy a similar Concert at Home by clicking the buttons below:
Our first item this week comes from a performance in the Small Hall of Hamburg's Laeiszhalle. Flautist Santiago Clemenz and bassoonist Florencia Fogliati play No 6 from Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras. There are two movements, Ária (chôro) and Fantasia (Allegro):
The performance of the Elgar Romance we have chosen comes from a recital in the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía, Madrid, where the bassoon is played by Manuel Arellano Montero accompanied by pianist Stefanos Spanopoulos:
Theobald Boehm's delightful Fantasie on a theme of Schubert is played here by Enrico Sartori , as part of his finals recital for his Doctorate of Musical Arts at Stony Brook University, New York. Kalina Mrmevska accompanies him. Boehm's other great claim to fame is his perfection of the modern flute mechanism which has helped players to develop the kind of virtuosity we are accustomed to:
The original make-up of Mozart's Piano Trio No 3 was for piano, violin and cello. Here is a performance of the first movement - the Allegro - played by André Previn and Anne-Sophie Mutter with cellist Daniel Müller-Schott:
We did not have time to hear the complete Piano Trio in our lunchtime concert but here, for your listening at home, are the links to the two remaining movements, with the same celebrated trio of players: