Recital of classical duets by two internationally acclaimed pianists

Karen Chapman
Karen Chapman

Internationally acclaimed pianists Duncan Honeybourne and Madalina Rusu are to perform a recital of classical piano duets in Ashburton.

Duncan Honeybourne has established a rich and diverse career as a pianist and music educator. His playing has been commended for its “suave confidence” (International Piano), “terrific intensity and touches of panache” (International Record Review) and “delicate chemistry of touch and arm weight” (Gramophone). Fanfare magazine (USA) remarked: “Honeybourne’s performance is simply beautiful, even in its most powerful and haunting moments.”

He made his debut as soloist at Symphony Hall, Birmingham and the National Concert Hall, Dublin in 1998, and gave debut recitals in London, Paris and at the Miry Concertzaal in Ghent, Belgium.

Born in Dorset in 1977, Duncan gave his first London recital at 15 and his first BBC broadcast recital at 17. He won prizes at the Royal Academy of Music and the Birmingham Conservatoire, where he graduated with First Class Honours and later received the honorary award of HonBC for professional distinction.

Duncan has toured extensively as recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician in the UK, Ireland, France, Belgium and Switzerland, appearing at many major venues and leading festivals. His solo performances have been frequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and abroad.

He is a Tutor in Piano at the University of Southampton and gives frequent masterclasses and lecture recitals. As an artistic director he has curated several series of piano and chamber concerts, and he has written for various magazines and newspapers. Duncan is also a frequent lecturer on his experience of life on the autism spectrum and, in 2012, was commissioned by the Manchester Camerata/Royal Exchange Theatre to make a series of short films on autism.

Madalina Rusu has enjoyed performing from a very early age and is quickly establishing a successful career as a soloist and chamber musician. She has performed to critical acclaim in Romania and throughout Europe. Since her arrival in London, Madalina has appeared as a soloist at many prestigious venues. During her studies, she has played in numerous masterclasses held at the Dartington Summer School and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where her talent has been recognised by many distinguished musicians.

Born in 1985 in Constanta, Romania, Madalina began her musical studies at the Music High School. Since September 2004 she has been studying piano with Professor Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, where she gained a First class BMus Honours degree, and has graduated the MMus course (Guildhall Artist – Performance) with distinction. Madalina has been awarded the prestigious Guildhall Artist Fellowship, and she currently holds a piano teaching post at the GEMS Hampshire School in Chelsea, London.

The recital will be held at St Lawrence Chapel, Ashburton on Sunday, 29th October 2017 at 3pm. Tickets are £8 (£4 for under 16s) from the box office 01364 652768 or on the door. Tickets include interval tea and home made cakes. Proceeds in aid of St Lawrence Chapel Tower Restoration Fund.

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