Academy of St Thomas Concert – St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich
Saturday 17th October – 7.30pm
Soloists from the Maggini Quartet
For their final concert of the season, the Academy of St Thomas known and highly respected in the region as a leading orchestra with high professional performances, presents a sparkling programme. Two renowned string players Julian Leaper and Martin Outram, both members of the internationally renowned Maggini Quartet, will join forces for Mozart’s greatly loved Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola. Conducted by the orchestra’s principal guest conductor Christopher Adey, now completing his 31st season in Norwich, the orchestra will play Beethoven’s Fidelio overture and a complete performance of Dvorak’s energetic and tuneful Slavonic Dances Op. 46. Often heard as very recognisable single dances, this is a rare chance to hear the eight dances in one performance. Tickets available from Prelude Records: 01603 628319 and on the door.
In 1978 Julian won a Junior Exhibition Scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where he studied Violin with Emanuel Hurwitz and piano as joint first study with Hamish Milne. He was awarded several prizes for solo performance and chamber music including the prestigious Gerard Heller award for which he won first prize for Quartet playing.
In 1982 he continued his studies with Alberto Lysy at the Yehudi Menuhin Academy Gstaad and Tomatada Soh and Kenneth Sillitoe in London.
He made his London debut performing a programme of British music at the Purcell Room. He has since performed as leader and soloist with many British orchestras including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, and the New London Orchestra. He has worked regularly with all the major chamber Orchestras and ensembles including the Academy of St Martin in the Fields,English Chamber Orchestra , Chamber Orchestra of Europe, London Mozart Players and the Orchestra of St Johns Smith Square.
His solo and concerto performances include the complete Brandenburg concertos at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Vivaldis Four Seasons at the Purcell Room, Mozart D major violin concerto at St Johns Smith Square, Beethoven Triple concerto and Vaughn Williams Lark Ascending together with a number of other solo performances at venues across the UK. He has recorded a large number of sound tracks for Film and TV including “Harry Potter” , “Lord of the Rings”, “James Bond” and has recorded the solo violin tracks for Ridley Scott’s “Tristan and Isolde” and TV blockbusters such as “Upstairs Downstairs”, “Cranford”, and “Downton Abbey”.
Julian plays on a J B Vuillaume violin made in 1860.
Martin Outram studied at Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music. He is a member of the internationally renowned Maggini Quartet and also appears regularly as a soloist. He has recorded over forty discs with the quartet and other chamber music ensembles and has been the recipient of the Gramophone Award, the Diapason d’Or, a Cannes Classical Award, three Grammy nominations and the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for chamber music. His solo discs have been widely acclaimed, including five star reviews in the BBC Music Magazine, Gramaphone and Strad magazines. Several works have been written for him, including concertos by Adam Gorb and David Gow. He has appeared as a concerto soloist at the Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall and performed on tour in South America as a soloist with the Britten Sinfonia. His recital partner is Julian Rolton, with whom he has given recitals throughout the UK and at international viola competitions and congresses. He has given masterclasses in China, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Poland and the USA and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and an Honorary Fellow of Brunel and Canterbury Christ Church Universities. He plays on a very fine viola by Henricus Catenar, made in Turin in 1680.