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 Sebastian Stanley

Piano

Saturday, 15th February 2014

7.45 pm

Cosy Hall

 
 PROGRAMME

 Haydn

 Sonata in E flat major HOB XVI:52

 Brahms

KlavierStucke op.117 

 Rachmaninov

 selection of preludes

 Granados

Spanish Dances and Goyescas (a selection) 

 Liszt

Hungarian Rhapsody No.12 

  
Sebastian Stanley, the young and critically acclaimed British pianist has given recitals in all reaches of the globe. Since graduating from the Royal College of Music (RCM) in 2008 his career has gone from strength to strength with his performances receiving rave reviews. The critics have described him as ‘a rare talent’, ‘destined for the greatest concert halls’ having ‘exquisitely sensitive playing’ and showing ‘astounding virtuosity’. Along with his solo recital and chamber music activities with the talented clarinettist Jonathan Parkin, he enjoys performing on cruise liners throughout the world as a classical soloist. He has enjoyed much success in the UK in particular, where he has performed in well over 100 venues to date and is now managed by Ellison & Stromsholm Artists. His expansive solo and concerto repertoire ranges from works by Scarlatti and Bach to Tchaikovsky, Liszt, Busoni and Da Falla.
Sebastian was a late starter to the world of the piano, and music in general; having had his first lessons aged 13. After the astonishing progress Sebastian made in his initial two years of study, he gained a place at the RCM where he had the help of the esteemed professors Emily Jeffrey, Niel Immelman, Kathron Sturrock and Ruth Nye. Most recently the renowned teacher and competition adjudicator Christopher Elton has become his mentor. He has also received master class tuition from piano legends such as Menahem Pressler, Claude Frank, Gary Graffman, Olga Kern, John Lill, Joanna MacGregor and Stephen Kovacevich.
Winner of several international prizes including the coveted Chappell Gold Medal at the RCM (top award at the conservatoire for piano playing), and 1st Prize in the International Hindemith competition in Germany, Sebastian is making an impact on the competition circuit. He has broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Intune and Breakfast shows, Celtic Music Radio, and has been signed by the Spanish label EMEC Discos for a 4-year period after showing particular talents for the Spanish classical genre. His second disc released in 2013 ‘Granados - The complete Dances and Goyescas’ is receiving critical praise. Information about his upcoming engagements and past concerts can be found on www.sebastianstanley.com where you can also sign up to his mailing list