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A talk and concert by Carlos Prieto

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LSE Arts concert

Date: Thursday 25 November 2010
Time: 6.30-7.45pm
Venue:  Shaw Library, Old Building

Update Monday 15 November, 9.45am: Tickets for this event have now been sold out.

Presentation of the book The Adventures of a Cello, by its author, Carlos Prieto, and then a performance by Mr Prieto.

Suite No. 3 in D major by J. S. Bach.   Carlos Prieto, cello


Suite for two cellos (1999) Samuel Zyman (Mexico, 1956). 
Dedicated to Carlos Prieto and Yo-Yo Ma. Premiere in the U.K.

Carlos Prieto and Richard Birchall, cellos

Tranquillo e rubato
Quasi Allegro
Adagio espressivo
Allegro energico

Carlos Prieto, Mexican-born and MIT-educated, is one of the most respected cellists in the world, regularly premiering works composed especially for him by Latin American, North American and European composers. Mr. Prieto began playing the cello at age four, studying with the Hungarian cellist Imre Hartman and later with Pierre Fournier in Geneva and Leonard Rose in New York.

Mr. Prieto was a long time friend of Igor Stravinsky. When Stravinsky returned to Russia in 1962 after a fifty-year absence, he was accompanied in Moscow by Mr. Prieto, who was at that time studying in Russia. He also knew Shostakovich and has premiered his first Cello Concerto in different cities in Mexico as well as in Spain.

Mr. Prieto's playing has inspired such rare critical acclaim as "impeccable" (The New York Times), "in true bravura fashion, unafraid, secure, zestful" (The Boston Globe), "distinguished music-making" (San Francisco Chronicle), "remarkable, razor-sharp" (The Star-Ledger), and "impeccable...absolutely gorgeous...breathtaking" (The St. Louis Post-Dispatch), "stunning performance" (The Globe and Mail, Toronto).

He has played with orchestras from all over the world, the Royal Philharmonic in London, the Orchestra of the European Union, the American Symphony Orchestra in New York, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra, the Spanish National Orchestra, the Spanish Radio and Television Orchestra, the Irish National Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Argentina, The Simón Bolívar Orchestra of Venezuela, the MAV Budapest Orchestra and many others.

Remarkable is Carlos Prieto's contribution to the cello repertoire. Since 1980 he has played the world premieres of over 80 compositions, most of which were written for him by the main composers from Mexico, Latin America, Spain and other countries.

Mr. Prieto has played the Bach Suites literally all over the world: twice in New York's Lincoln Center (where he played the complete six suites in one single concert), and in Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Paris, Madrid, Moscow, Beijing, Shanghai, New Delhi, Buenos Aires, Mexico, South America, etc.

More information can be seen at the Carlos Prieto website.

Richard Birchall read Music at Cambridge University before studying as a postgraduate cellist at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama under Louise Hopkins. Richard made his Purcell Room debut earlier this year, in a programme which included London premieres of works by Edward Harper and Sally Beamish; he will return to the South Bank in January 2011 to perform Pierre Boulez's Messagesquisse in the opening concert of the Park Lane Group New Year series. Richard has appeared as concerto soloist with the Guildford Symphony Orchestra, Croydon Symphony Orchestra, Nonesuch Orchestra, Sinfonia Tamesa and others, at venues including West Road concert hall, Cambridge, and St John's, Smith Square. Richard is a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra, and is currently on trial as Principal Cello with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and as Principal no. 2 with the Northern Sinfonia.
Alongside his performing career, Richard also works as a composer and arranger, and directs the UK's only professional cello octet, 'Cellophony'.

Update Monday 15 November, 9.45am: Tickets for this event have now been sold out.

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