1:10pm - 2pm
Wednesday 4 December 2019
Lunchtime recital - Nicola Meecham Piano Recital
The Department of Music and Media is very grateful to Nicola Meecham for offering today’s programme at very short notice to replace Matthew Schellhorn.
Performing Arts and Technology Building
University of Surrey
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With her playing described as “sensational” [Gramophone], British pianist Nicola Meecham has been gaining international acclaim for her performances and recordings since her London debut for the Park Lane Group Music Series.
Her recording for SOMM of works by Janáček, Kodály and Enescu earned her top recommendation in the American Record Guide and exceptional reviews in Gramophone, International Record Review and International Piano Magazine.
SOMM have just released a second recital by Nicola, a disc of solo piano works by Tchaikovsky, including his rarely performed sonatas, a project indicative of her exceptionally wide-ranging recital repertoire.
Nicola has performed in all the major halls, including Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room, and at prestigious international festivals including Exeter and King’s Lynn. Abroad, she has performed in Holland, Italy, Belgium and the Czech Republic.
She has premièred works by a number of contemporary composers for which she has received critical acclaim, notably works by Henyrk Gorecki, HK Gruber and British composers David Horne and Tom Armstrong.
In addition to recordings of music by Kurt Schwertsik and the American composer Louis 'Moondog' Hardin, Nicola has also given broadcast recitals for BBC Radio 3 and Dutch Radio, and has been featured on BBC 2 TV.
Born in Bath, Nicola started playing the piano at the age of four and gave her concerto debut at the age of thirteen. She went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music where she won numerous competitive prizes, including the Macfarren Gold Medal, the Academy’s highest distinction. Her teachers have included Hilary Coates, Hamish Milne and Andrzej Esterhazy.
Nicola currently teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Limit from Morning Music by Tom Armstrong (b.1968)
Sonata in C sharp minor Op.80 by Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-93)
Allegro con fuoco
Prelude Op.13 no 3 by Alexander Scriabin (1871-1915)
Two Preludes by Boris Pasternak (1890-1960)
Three Dances from The Firebird (arr.Agosti) by Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
1. Danse infernale