Marmen Quartet with Piers Lane
8.00pm Friday 23 October
Falls Pavilion, Evandale
Johannes Marmen, violin
Ricky Gore, violin
Bryony Gibson-Cornish, viola
Steffan Morris, cello
Piers Lane, piano
Haydn – String Quartet Op.64 No.3
Debussy – String Quartet in G minor Op.10
Schumann – Piano Quintet in E flat Major Op.44
Formed in 2013 at the Royal College of Music in London, the Marmen Quartet is fast building a reputation for the courage, vitality and vigor of its performances. 2019 marks a year of significant achievement for the Quartet, having won the Grand Prize at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition as well claiming First Prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition, where they were also awarded the Haydn and Canadian Commission prizes in addition.
Other accolades include first prize at the Royal Overseas League Competition (2018) and awards at the International Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition.
The Marmen Quartet has performed at venues including Wigmore Hall, Milton Court (Barbican), Palladium Malmö and Muziekgebouw Eindhoven. Other recent highlights have included performances across the UK as part of Music in the Round’s ‘Bridge Scheme’ (2015-17), as well as regular appearances at the Wiltshire Music Centre where they are Young Quartet in Association and throughout Sweden. Festival engagements have taken the Quartet to the Hitzacker, Lockenhaus, Edinburgh Fringe, North Norfolk and Lake District Summer Music Festivals.
London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane stands out as an engaging and highly versatile performer, at home equally in solo, chamber and concerto repertoire. In recent seasons Piers Lane performed three concerti at Carnegie Hall, and world premieres of Carl Vine’s second Piano Concerto and Double Piano Concerto Implacable Gifts, both written for him.
Highlights of the 2019/20 season include engagements with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, performances of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis, a Musica Viva national tour of Australia with the Goldner String Quartet, appearances at Bard Music Festival in the US, a solo recital at Wigmore Hall, and duo performances with violinist Tasmin Little throughout the UK.
Five times soloist at the BBC Proms, Piers Lane’s concerto repertoire exceeds one hundred works. He has recorded over sixty CDs, primarily with Hyperion Records. His most recent releases are piano concertos by Ferdinand Ries, a sonata disc with violinist Tasmin Little, and chamber works by Borodin, the ninth disc he has recorded with the Goldner String Quartet.
Piers is the Artistic Director of the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia. In the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Honours, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO).
Falls Park Pavilion
Logan Road, Evandale