Benjamin Frith and Heidi Rolfe - 2 Piano Duo

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A free socially-distanced evening recital in the Forsyth piano showroom!

First Floor, Forsyth, 126 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2GR

Friday 10 June 2022, 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Doors open at 6 pm, seating at 6:15 pm

please arrive early so everyone can be safely seated in time!

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FREE ENTRY! Advanced booking required:

 [email protected] | 0161 834 3281, ext. 100

Programme

B. Britten:  Mazurka Elegiaca
E. Chabrier: 3 Romantic Waltzes
R. Schumann: 6 Canonic Etudes
G. Holst:  ‘ Mercury ‘ and ‘Jupiter’ from ‘The Planets’. 

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Benjamin Frith embarked on his career by winning the Dudley National Concerto Competition, aged fourteen, performing Saint-Saens 2nd Piano Concerto. He studied with Dame Fanny Waterman and they were lifelong friends. His many awards culminated in top prize at the Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano, and the Gold Medal at the Artur Rubinstein Piano Master’s Competition, also receiving the special prize for chamber music. Many engagements with world-renowned orchestras followed, such as IPO, Warsaw Philharmonic, Halle, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Manchester Camerata plus recital tours from the far East to North America. A debut recording of the Diabelli Variations (ASV) led to an ongoing Naxos collaboration for whom he made a best-selling John Field Concerto Cycle with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, recently reissued with the complete Nocturnes and Sonatas. His solo recording of Schumann’s highly personal Davidsbündler op. 6 received the top recommendation on Radio Three’s programme, “CD Review”. In more recent years there has been a concentration on the chamber repertoire, principally as the pianist in the Gould Piano Trio. He has also formed the enterprising Frith Piano Quartet and has been the guest pianist in the Nash Ensemble. Benjamin’s recording of CV Stanford’s 2nd Piano Concerto with BBC National Orchestra of Wales was chosen by Gramophone as a ‘Disc of the Year’.  Benjamin will be performing with his partner, Heidi Rolfe.

Ben finds the freshness of Heidi's musical approach enlivening and together they enjoy exploring and performing the piano duo repertoire.
This Autumn sees them giving a Piano Duo Day at the Wigmore Hall.

Ben Frith