John Hill Memorial 2014 Series
JOHN HILL MEMORIAL SERIES 2014
May 6th Karol Mossakowski (Poland)
Allegro Vivace from Symphony No. 5 in F minor, op. 42
Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)
Clair de Lune, op. 53 Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
Suite op. 5 : Prélude, Sicilienne, Toccata Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
Born in 1990 into a family of musicians, Karol Mossakowski started studying the piano and the organ with his father at the age of three. After high school he entered the Poznań Music Academy, where he was a pupil of Elżbieta Karolak and Jarosław Tarnawski.
In 2011 he was admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris as a pupil of Olivier Latry and Michel Bouvard. Since 2013, he has also been a student of Thierry Escaich and Philippe Lefebvre in the Conservatoire's improvisation class.
In Poland he has won several national competitions as well as the 2010 Feliks Nowowiejski international competition in Poznań.
In May 2013, he won first prize in the "Springtime in Prague" international competition.
He was the recipient of a scholarship from the French government, and he has also received a grant from the Brieux-Ustaritz Foundation.
May 13th Anna-Victoria Baltrusch (Germany)
Pièce héroïque César Franck (1822-1890)
Vivace, movement 1 from Trio sonata no. 6 in G Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Praeludium in e minor Nicolaus Bruhns (1665-1697)
Vater unser im Himmelreich Georg Böhm (1661-1733)
Phantasie und Fuge über den Namen B-A-C-H op.46 Max Reger (1873-1916)
Anna-Victoria Baltrusch was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1989. She studied piano from the age of four, and organ from the age of nine. From 2002 she was a junior student in piano and organ at the Julius-Stern-Institut of the University of Arts (UDK) in Berlin. From 2008 she studied Church Music and Piano at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg im Breisgau (organ with Professor Schmeding), for both of which she earned the Bachelor degree in 2011. She is now in her final year for the degree of Master of Church Music. Apart from the many prizes she received in piano and organ competitions as a schoolgirl, as a student she has been awarded the following renowned prizes: In 2009 the first prize at the Internationaler Orgelwettbewerb der Bach-Gesellschaft Wiesbaden; in 2010 a scholarship of the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb connected with the inclusion into the Bundesauswahl Konzerte junger Künstler and the Künstlerliste des Deutschen Musikrats; in 2011 second prize at the 60th International Music Competition of the ARD in Munich; in May 2013 first prize at the Internationaler August-Gottfried-Ritter-Wettbewerb in Magdeburg; in July 2013 second prize at the International Organ Competition in St. Albans (Great Britain).
Anna-Victoria Baltrusch has performed in recitals and concerts throughout Germany, in Austria, Switzerland, Turkey and Spain. She made her Solo Debut at the Philharmonie Berlin in January 2012. She often plays chamber music and as a lieder accompanist is much in demand.
Since October 2010 she has been supported by the Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst and in 2012 received a scholarship from the Brahms-Gesellschaft of Baden-Baden.
May 20th Martin Sturm (Germany)
Fantasia and Fugue in g minor BWV 542 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
14 Canons, from the appendix of the Goldberg Variations J.S.Bach
Variations 30, 36 from Choraltabulaturbuch: 40 Variationen über Vater unser im Himmelreich Johann Ullrich Steigleder (1593-1635)
Contrapunctus IV from the Art of Fugue J.S.Bach
Variations 17, 19 from Choraltabulaturbuch: 40 Variationen über Vater unser im Himmelreich J. U. Steigleder
Improvisation: Fantasia and Fugue on Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern
Martin Sturm (b. 1992)
Martin Sturm, born in 1992, has been playing and composing music since early childhood. He won the 50th anniversary International Improvisation Competition (Tournemire Prize) at St Albans in 2013 , and was also finalist at the International Improvisation Competition Luxemburg “organ without borders” in 2011. He studies at Würzburg Music Hochschule with Prof. Christoph Bossert. His eclectic concert activities feature an extensive repertoire of improvisations, interpretations and compositions.
Much of the inspiration for his musical creativity springs from a grounding in theology and philosophy. As early as 2005-2007 he was winning prizes in the composition competitions of the “Jeunesses Musicales Germany”. 2012 saw his composition, a choral prelude on “Wir glauben all an einen Gott”, performed at the prestigious “John Cage Projekt Halberstadt”.
In 2007 he founded the “The Walking Stick Jazz Ensemble” which seeks to create with organ plus other instruments new sound and music structures. Under his direction, many performances of contemporary chamber music and works for orchestra and choir, centred around the music of J.S. Bach, have taken place in recent years. Martin is responsible for instigating restorations of important historical organs in the East Bavarian region of Germany.
May 27th Peter Holder (UK)
Praeludium in D major BuxWV139 Dietrich Buxtehude (c.1637-1707)
Prelude and Fugue in B flat minor BWV867, arr. Reger
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Introduction and Passacaglia in D minor Max Reger (1873-1916)
Adagio and Allegro in F minor K594 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Càrdinas Obstiné Ferencz Liszt (1811-1886)
Peter Holder is Organ Scholar at Westminster Abbey, where he accompanies the world famous choir in the daily services and assists with training of the choristers. He has performed at many state occasions, and most recently at the service to celebrate the 60thAnniversary of the Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II. In June, Peter graduated with a first-class honours degree from the Royal Academy of Music and was awarded HRH Princess Alice the Duchess of Gloucester’s Prize for exemplary studentship. Peter now continues as a postgraduate student at the Royal Academy of Music, where he is generously supported by the Cordelia Moses Scholarship. Peter studies with David Titterington, Jon Laukvik and Patrick Russill.
Peter was educated at The King’s School, Worcester, and was a chorister at Worcester Cathedral. Following a gap year as Organ Scholar at Southwell Minster, where he studied with Paul Hale, he spent a year as Organ Scholar at The Royal Hospital, Chelsea, before moving to St. Albans Cathedral for two years as Organ Scholar. While there, he toured Sweden and Denmark with the Cathedral Choir and Abbey Girls Choir respectively, and accompanied the Abbey Girls Choir and Lay Clerks of the Cathedral Choir in their recording of works by Mendelssohn (Naxos).
Peter has recorded for BBC Radio 3 on numerous occasions and performed in the 2012 BBC Proms with the combined Orchestra of the Royal Academy of Music and Juilliard School, conducted by John Adams. As a continuo player, he has performed with St James’s Baroque at the Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music’s annual concert at Westminster Abbey. Recent and forthcoming solo performances include Reading Town Hall; St John’s Smith Square; the Cathedrals of Gloucester, St Paul’s, and Westminster; Lichfield Festival; St Albans International Organ Festival; and Cambridge Summer Music Festival.
June 3rd Benjamin Sheen (UK, resident in USA)
Flourish for an Occasion Sir William H. Harris (1883-1973)
Fantasia in F minor, K. 594 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Roulade, Op. 9 no. 3 Seth Bingham (1882-1972)
Cantabile, Op. 37 no. 1 Joseph Jongen (1873-1953)
Prelude and Fugue, ‘The Spitfire’ (arr. Tom Winpenny) Sir William Walton (1902-1983)
Benjamin Sheen, Assistant Organist at St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City, is one of the UK’s brightest young organists. Hailed as a ‘brilliant organist’ by the New York Times, he is the 2013 winner of the Pierre S. du Pont First Prize at the inaugural Longwood Gardens Organ Competition 2013 and received Second Prize and the Jon Laukvik prize at the St. Alban’s International Organ Competition 2013.
Benjamin started his education as a chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral (under the direction of John Scott), before studying at Eton College and, more recently, Oxford University where he graduated with First Class Honours in Music. While an undergraduate, he held the position of Organ Scholar at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford and became a prize-winning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and the recipient of the prestigious Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Silver Medal for 2011. In May 2013, Ben graduated from the Juilliard School of Music in New York, with a Master of Music in Organ Performance, during which time he studied with Grammy award-winning organist Paul Jacobs.
As a concert organist, Benjamin has performed throughout the UK and the USA, as well as further afield in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Notable engagements have included performances in Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Royal Albert Hall in London as well as appearances with the City of London Sinfonia, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Duisburg Symphonie in Germany. Recent engagements in the US have included recitals at Washington National Cathedral, Alice Tully Hall (New York) and Trinity Church, Boston. He has also performed live on BBC radio and television and made a number of appearances on NPR’s Pipedreams. In January 2012, Benjamin made his concerto debut with the Juilliard Percussion Orchestra in a performance of Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Organ and Percussion Ensemble as part of the 2012 FOCUS Festival in the Lincoln Centre.
For more information and upcoming performances, please see www.bensheen.com