Tuesday, 27th November 2012 @ 7.30pm

Matthew Trusler (violin) & Ashley Wass (piano)

Venue : Hampstead Parish Church

Violin virtuoso Matthew Trusler and pianist Ashley Wass share their vision of the iconic Beethoven Sonata No 9 ("Kreutzer"), the American jazz-inspired Sonata by Ravel and Bartok's monumental Solo Sonata.

A limited number of £5 STUDENT TICKETS are available for this concert. Students only please email to book or for more information:  info@hampsteadartsfestival.com.


Beethoven: Sonata for Violin & Piano No 9 in A, "Kreutzer Sonata"
Bartok: Sonata for Solo Violin
Ravel: Sonata for Violin & Piano No 2 in G

Matthew Trusler

photo: Sheila Rock

Matthew Trusler

"Matthew Trusler has been attracting the kind of praise normally reserved for a young Oistrakh" The Independent

On graduating from Philadelphia's Curtis Institute in 1998, the Times declared of Matthew Trusler that "we might just have an authentic, though British, virtuoso."

Since then Trusler has developed a reputation as one of Britain's leading violinists, performing with many of the world's great orchestras, and receiving huge critical acclaim for his diverse recordings.

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He has also founded the record label Orchid Classics on which some of the most important artists of today are recording, and the Lenny Trusler Children's Foundation, which raises money for desperately ill babies. Trusler was instrumental in forming the Malmo International String Festival of which he became Artistic Director in 2011.

Performing on a bow once owned by Heifetz, given to him by Herbert Axelrod (who himself received it from Heifetz), Trusler has received particular acclaim for his performances of works from the 20th century, including concertos by Walton, Berg and Britten. His recording of concertos by Korngold and Rozsa with the Dusseldorf Symohony received 5 stars in BBC Music Magazine, and the headline "Hotter than Heifetz?"

Trusler has been invited to perform as a recitalist and concerto soloist throughout Europe, Australia, the USA, Japan and South Africa. In the UK he has performed with major orchestras, including the BBC Symphony, BBC Scottish and BBC Welsh orchestras, the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, City of Birmingham, Halle and Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and has appeared further afield with the Minnesota Orchestra, NDR Hanover, Helsinki Philharmonic, Deutsche Symphony Berlin, Malaysian Philharmonic and Johannesburg Philharmonic. Some of his personal highlights include tours with the Australian orchestras (including appearances in Perth, Queensland and Tasmania), a tour of Germany with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Sir Neville Marriner, and a tour of Mexico with Martyn Brabbins and the Philharmonia.

Alongside his concerto work Matthew Trusler is an accomplished recitalist and an avid chamber musician. Trusler has performed frequently with Wayne Marshall, and the duo’s recent disc – Blues –presents a collection of short pieces by composers directly influenced by jazz. The CD was released to huge critical acclaim, including CD of the week in the Telegraph, and on Classic FM, and Recital CD of the month in Strad Magazine. Trusler regularly performs with pianist Ashley Wass and he collaborates with other eminent musicians including Piotr Anderszewski, Martin Roscoe, Peter Donohoe, Imogen Cooper, Leonidas Kavakos, Lynn Harrell, and Joseph Silverstein. Trusler has performed recitals in leading venues around the world including the Wigmore Hall in London, the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, and the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels.

Trusler founded Orchid Classics in 2005, and the label now has major distribution internationally, as well as a separate division for PR and concert promotion. In addition the company launched a foundation to help especially talented young British musicians to make and promote recordings. Past and future artists to appear on Orchid in both spoken word and music recordings include Danny DeVito, Clive Owen, Ralph Fiennes, James Gilchrist, Guy Johnston, the Brodsky Quartet, and Ex Cathedra.

In addition to the Rosza/Korngold, Blues and Pity of War discs Trusler's recording activities saw the release of a newly orchestrated version of Heifetz's Porgy and Bess arrangement, with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Carl Davis. This season he records the Britten violin concerto with the Flanders Symphony on Orchid Classics and a new disc for children entitled Fairy Tales and Goblins’ Dances will also be released on the label.

Trusler also has a passion for film, and has recently acted as a consultant on the adaptation of Norman Lebrecht's novel The Song of Names for film, the screenplay being written by Jeffrey Caine (Oscar Nominee for The Constant Gardener). Last season, Trusler recorded the violin solos for the soundtrack of a new French film by director Frédéric Mermoud, Complices.

Matthew Trusler holds teaching posts at the Malmö Academy in Sweden as well as Trinity College, London, and lives in Paris with his wife and two young daughters. He plays a 1711 Stradivarius.


Ashley Wass

Ashley Wass

"A thoroughbred who possesses the enviable gift to turn almost anything he plays into pure gold" Gramophone Magazine

Described as an 'endlessly fascinating artist', Ashley Wass is firmly established as one of the leading performers of his generation. He is the only British winner of the London International Piano Competition, prizewinner at the Leeds Piano Competition, and a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist.

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Increasingly in demand on the international stage, Ashley has performed at many of the world's finest concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Vienna Konzerthaus. He has performed as soloist with numerous leading ensembles, including all of the BBC orchestras, the Philharmonia, Orchestre National de Lille, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, RLPO, and under the baton of conductors such as Simon Rattle, Osmo Vanska, Donald Runnicles, Ilan Volkov and Vassily Sinaisky.

In June 2002 he appeared alongside the likes of Sir Thomas Allen, Mstislav Rostropovich and Angela Gheorghiu in a gala concert at Buckingham Palace to mark the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, a performance broadcast live to millions of viewers around the world. In recent years he has become a regular guest at the BBC Proms, making his debut in 2008 with Vaughan Williams' Piano Concerto, and returning in following seasons to perform works by Foulds Stravinsky, Antheil, and McCabe.

Renowned for a broad and eclectic repertoire, Ashley has received great critical acclaim for his recordings of music from a wide range of styles and eras, with glowing reviews of his interpretations of composers such as Liszt, Franck, Beethoven and Bridge. His survey of Bax's piano music was nominated for a Gramophone Award and his discography boasts a number of Gramophone 'Editor's Choice' recordings and BBC Music Magazine 'Choices'.

Much in demand as a chamber musician, Ashley regularly partners many of the leading artists of his generation. He is a frequent guest of international festivals such as Pharos (Cyprus), Bath, Ako (Japan), Cheltenham, Kuhmo, Mecklenburg, Gstaad, City of London, and Ravinia and Marlboro in the USA, playing solo recitals and chamber works with musicians such as Mitsuko Uchida, Steven Isserlis, Emmanuel Pahud, Richard Goode and members of the Guarneri Quartet and Beaux Arts Trio.

Ashley Wass is the Artistic Director of the Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival. The Festival has grown from strength to strength during his tenure, with sold-out performances of challenging repertoire and broadcasts on BBC Radio 3.

Ashley is currently a Professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music, London, and is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.


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