- Wellhayes Vineyard
- October 1, 2022
- Saturday, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
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- Adult 18 remaining£25.00
- Child under 12 18 remaining£10.00
Krysia Osostowicz and friends
Wellhayes Vineyard, Clayhanger, Devon EX16 7NY
Saturday, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
October 1, 2022
We are delighted to welcome Krysia Osostowicz to Wellhayes for our final concert of the season, Conversations with Bach, together with celebrated writers Eva Hoffman and George Szirtes and the young Mexican ‘cellist Miguel Angel Villeda Ceron. Performances of selected music from the solo sonatas and partitas for violin and violoncello will be complemented by newly commissioned poetry and prose. This exceptional programme will be performed without a break and will be followed by a light supper, and an opportunity to meet the performers, which is included in the ticket price.
Born in London of Polish descent, Krysia Osostowicz studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School, at Cambridge and finally in Salzburg with the great Hungarian violinist Sándor Végh. Krysia has performed throughout Europe, and made many award-winning recordings. In the 1980s she was part of the pioneering piano quartet Domus, which travelled the world with its own portable concert hall, a geodesic dome. In 1995 she founded the Dante Quartet, which she led for 25 years, receiving the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Chamber Music in 2012. She is much in demand as a teacher of violin and chamber music at the Guildhall School of Music, and is also artistic director of the thriving Dante Summer Festival in Cornwall. In 2021 Krysia was invited to lead the world-renowned Brodsky Quartet, a role she has taken up with great relish. Her interest in combining words with music has led to the creation of Conversations with Bach, and she plays on a beautiful Italian violin made in 1720, the year in which Bach wrote the Sonatas and Partitas.
Performances of flawless integrity and insight – BBC Music Magazine
Eva Hoffman grew up in Cracow, Poland and studied music at the Cracow Music Conservatory before emigrating in her teens to Canada and the United States, and eventually settling in Great Britain. After receiving her Ph. D. in literature from Harvard University, she worked as senior editor and cultural critic at The New York Times, and has taught at various British and American universities. Her books, which have been widely translated, include Lost in Translation, Exit Into History, After Such Knowledge and Time, as well as two novels, The Secret and Illuminations (published as Appassionata in the US). She has written and presented numerous programmes for BBC Radio and conceived a series of programmes at the South Bank on Writing and Music. Her awards include the Guggenheim Fellowship, Whiting Award for Writing, an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and Prix Italia for Radio, for work combining text and music. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and is currently a Visiting Professor at the European Institute at UCL. She lives in London.
Hoffman, whose early training was as a pianist, writes about music and musicianship with poetry and precision, wit and melancholy. – New York Times
A child refugee from Hungary in 1956, George Szirtes lives in the UK and published his first book of poems, The Slant Door, in 1979. It won the Faber Prize. He has published many since then, his collection, Reel, winning the T S Eliot Prize in 2004. Beside his English prizes he has been awarded various international ones for his own poetry and for his translations of Hungarian poetry and fiction, including The European Poetry Translation Prize, the Best Translated Book Prize in the USA and the Man Booker International Translation Prize. His second book for children, In the Land of the Giants won the CLPE Prize for the best book of poems for children in 2012. He has written reviews and articles for major newspapers, programmes for the BBC and has edited a variety of books. His recent work with composers includes poems for The Voice Project and the carol set by Richard Causton for the BBC broadcast Service of Carols at King’s College Chapel. His memoir of his mother, The Photographer at Sixteen, received great critical acclaim and has been serialised on BBC Radio 3. George was recently a featured guest on Michael Berkeley’s Private Passions.
A major contributor to post-war literature, Szirtes weaves his personal and historical themes into work of profound psychological complexity. – Anne Stevenson, Poetry Review
Miguel Angel Villeda Ceron started learning the cello when he was 4 years old. Having been acknowledged as a child prodigy by the Mexican Secretariat of Education at the age of 10, he went on to play most of the major cello repertoire as a soloist with major orchestras in Mexico, USA and Latin America, such as The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco and many others. His first CD will be the recording of Arturo Marquez’s cello concerto, at the invitation of the composer, to be released in 2022. In addition to his promising career as a soloist, Miguel Angel is the youngest member and Principal Cellist in the National Symphony Orchestra in Mexico. He is also a passionate chamber musician. In September 2020, he was awarded scholarships to study for a post-graduate degree at Trinity Laban College of Music in London.