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Piano duo are an ensemble of rare distinction

Where: St Edward's Church, Stow-on-the-Wold

When: Thursday, October 25, 8pm

Since their formation in 2011, the piano duo of Julian Jacobson and Mariko Brown has established itself as an ensemble of rare distinction, vitality and originality.

Following their critically acclaimed debut in the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe's Summer Festival in July 2011, the Jacobson-Brown Duo have given many concerts in venues including Southbank Purcell Room, Royal Academy of Music, Brighton Fringe Festival, and at venues in Birmingham, Manchester, Oxford, Cambridge and Bristol.

Abroad they have performed in Madeira at the Teatro Municipal, and they perform annually in France in the festival 'Rencontres Musicales en Eygalières'.

Julian Jacobson studied piano and composition from the age of seven with Lamar Crowson and Arthur Benjamin, subsequently studying at the Royal College of Music, Queen's College Oxford and privately with Louis Kentner.

He enjoys an international career as soloist, chamber musician with many prominent artists, and teacher, appearing in over 40 countries and making annual visits in recent years to the Far East.

He has been soloist with several of the principal British orchestras under conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Jane Glover and Tamás Vásáry, as well as appearing in most of the leading UK festivals.

Mariko Brown began her piano studies with Martyn Dyke, with whom she performed regularly. She made her first concerto appearance age nine under Dr Ruth Gipps, subsequently going on to study at the Guildhall School Junior Department with Joan Havill where she won the prestigious Lutine Prize.

This led to concerto appearances at the Barbican Hall and St Giles Cripplegate as part of the City of London Festival.

Mariko has enjoyed a varied musical life and as a dedicated teacher she taught for many years at Junior Guildhall and currently teaches at the Yehudi Menuhin School, as well as privately.

Concert programme:

  • Schubert: Fantasie in F minor D940
  • Germaine Tailleferre: Image
  • Gary Carpenter: After Braque
  • Debussy: Petite Suite
  • Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

The duo are always expanding their repertoire which is firmly centred on the classics of the duo repertoire, and they have been particularly acclaimed for their performances of Schubert, Debussy, Ravel and Gershwin.

However, they also have a strong commitment to searching out neglected masterpieces, and - as composers as well as pianists - they maintain a strong and active involvement in contemporary music.

Mariko's piece, Travels Through a Mist of Chinese Mountains has been performed to great acclaim in France and England, and Julian's Palm Court Waltz in memory of Sir Richard Rodney Bennett received its premiere in May 2013.

Doors and wine bar open from 7pm. Tickets (£15) are available from the Borzoi Bookshop, Church Street, Stow-on-the-Wold, tel 01451 830268.

Online booking at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/439970 

The concert is part of the Music at Stow series. Other concerts by The Searchers and Stacey Kent are virtually sold-out.

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