Beethoven in Wales
Mary Hofman (Violin)
Richard Ormrod (Piano)
16 March 2019
Movements to be added and sequence
Sonatas for Violin and Piano:
No 1 in D (Op 12.1), No 2 in A (Op 12.2),
No 3 in E flat (Op 12.3), No 5 in F (Spring Op 24)
Sonata for Violin & Piano (new commission)
In autumn 2018 Mary and Richard will be starting a project with Rhyl music club performing all ten Beethoven Violin and Piano sonatas in ten music clubs across Wales. A new work by Rhian Samuel, Hilary Tann and Sarah Lianne Lewis has been commissioned for each set of sonatas. This project has been generously supported by PRS Foundation's Women Make Music, The Colwinston Foundation, Ty Cerdd and Gwyneth and Tony Peters. The map below shows dates and venues for performances in 2018-19 season.
Richard Ormrod and Mary Hofman have performed together as a duo for six years in venues across the UK as well as touring the Mediterranean. They have performed in Malaysia, Singapore and Cambodia and will be returning to Malaysia and giving first performances in Brunei and Indonesia in summer 2018. Individually they also lead varied musical careers when they are not at home in the mountains of north Wales with their young daughters.
Richard is an acclaimed soloist playing for audiences throughout the United Kingdom as well as in more than a dozen countries abroad. He has won numerous prizes including at the Tchaikovsky and Rubinstein competitions. Chamber music has been central to Richard’s musical life. He is the pianist with the Salzburg Hyperion Ensemble and he has also played with the renowned Dorian Wind Quintet on three US tours. Other collaborations include frequent performances with Trio d’Archi di Praga and the Czech Nonet. He also performs widely as concerto soloist, twice performing Beethoven Concertos at the London Barbican Centre with the Philharmonia Orchestra under conductor David Parry. He has made international tours with the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia Virtuosi. In February 2018 he released a CD of Schubert and Schumann with Austrian Gramaphone. Richard teaches on the piano faculties of the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Since graduating in 2007, Mary has pursued a varied career as an orchestral and chamber musician and teacher. While at Cambridge she won an award from the Stradivari trust leading to performances at West Road Concert Hall with some of Britain's most eminent chamber musicians. She also won an award from the Maestro Foundation in Los Angeles giving chamber performances on the United States West Coast. Mary has worked as guest leader of the Edinburgh Quartet as well as performing with the Endellion quartet and regularly performs with Ensemble Cymru. She has worked with most of Britain's leading chamber orchestras including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Manchester Camerata and Britten Sinfonia. Mary also teaches violin at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music.
find out more about the Duo pages on www.richardormrod.co.uk
About composer Rhian Samuel
Composer Rhian Samuel was born in Aberdare, Wales, in 1944 to a Welsh-speaking, musical family. She has lived in Britain and the United States and currently divides her time between Aberdyfi (mid-Wales) and London. She writes orchestral music, chamber music and vocal and choral music and has worked with many of today's foremost classical artists. Her first large orchestral work was Elegy-Symphony (St Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, conductor, 1981) while her Tirluniau/Landscapes (2000) was premiered at the BBC Millennium Proms in the Albert Hall by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (BBCNOW, Tadaaki Otaka, conductor). To date around 120 of her works have been published. In the USA she was joint winner of the ASCAP-Rudolph Nissim Award, 1983, for her choral-orchestral work, La belle dame sans merci. In the UK she won first prize at the Greenwich Festival (1979) and has received subsequent accolades including the Glyndŵr Medal for services to the Arts in Wales and and Hon DMus from the University of Wales.
Find out more about Rhian Samuel at www.rhiansamuel.com
Newport Music Club is grateful for support it has received in the presentation of this concert from: