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Jiaxin Lloyd Webber and Rebeca Omordia showcase John Ireland's dramatic and beautiful Cello Sonata

Add to my Calendar 28-04-2016 13:00 28-04-2016 15:00 36 Jiaxin Lloyd Webber and Rebeca Omordia showcase John Ireland's dramatic and beautiful Cello Sonata Cellist, Jiaxin Lloyd Webber follows in the footsteps of previous fine interpreters of Ireland’s Sonata who include Robert Fuchs, Florence Hooton, Derek Simpson, Andre Navarra, Emma Ferrand, Karine Georgian, and husband Julian Lloyd Webber, who is on record as saying that, in his view, this is the finest cello sonata written in the twentieth century and should be in the repertoire of all cellists. John Ireland’s (1879-1962) Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor may have been written with Beatrice Harrison in mind, and it was first performed by her in April 1924 at Æolian Hall with the pianist, Ireland’s friend and fellow RCM student, Evlyn Howard-Jones at the piano.  Later in the 1920’s the sonata was discovered by the Spanish cellist Antoni Sala, who pronounced it a masterpiece and recorded it with Ireland as pianist. "Ireland's Cello Sonata is one of his darkest works, inspired from the supernatural world of Arthur Machen's writings”, explains Rebeca Omordia.  “It's full of mystery and drama, posing many technical and musical challenges for the pianist.  I've played it many times, first with Julian Lloyd Webber as part of a tour of performances celebrating Ireland's 50th anniversary then with the celebrated Romanian cellist, Răzvan Suma, with whom I performed it both in the UK and in Romania.  I look forward to my collaboration with Julian's wife, Jiaxin, also an amazing cellist who is continuing Julian's wonderful work of promoting British music."  Jiaxin Lloyd Webber graduated from Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 1997. She was already giving performances with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra before leaving China for further studies in New Zealand where she received her Masters Degree at Auckland University in 2001.  Jiaxin was principal cello of the Auckland Chamber Orchestra, a founder member of the Aroha String Quartet and has played regularly with the Auckland Philharmonia and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras, including the cello concertos by Dvorak, Elgar and Lalo.  Now resident in the UK, she has performed, broadcast and recorded with her husband, the world-renowned cellist, Julian Lloyd Webber. Rebeca Omordia studied at the National Music University in Bucharest with the renowned Romanian pianist and Professor Dana Borsan and later at Birmingham Conservatoire, and Trinity College of Music, London with Professor Mikhail Kazakevich.  Winner of many prizes in national and international piano competitions, Rebeca has collaborated with cellist Julian Lloyd Webber as duo partners, and has performed intensively as a soloist and with orchestras across Europe.  Her most recent performance was with the 'Transilvania' Philharmonic Orchestra in Romania, where she performed the Piano Concerto No. 2 by Saint-Saens. St Olave's Church, London DD/MM/YYYY

Details

St Olave's Church
8 Hart Street
City of London

London
EC3R 7NB
England


Programme

John IrelandSonata for cello and piano in G minor
Sergei RachmaninovCello Sonata in G minor, Op.19

Performers

Jiaxin Lloyd Webber – cello
Rebeca Omordia – piano

Programme Note

Cellist, Jiaxin Lloyd Webber follows in the footsteps of previous fine interpreters of Ireland’s Sonata who include Robert Fuchs, Florence Hooton, Derek Simpson, Andre Navarra, Emma Ferrand, Karine Georgian, and husband Julian Lloyd Webber, who is on record as saying that, in his view, this is the finest cello sonata written in the twentieth century and should be in the repertoire of all cellists.

John Ireland’s (1879-1962) Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor may have been written with Beatrice Harrison in mind, and it was first performed by her in April 1924 at Æolian Hall with the pianist, Ireland’s friend and fellow RCM student, Evlyn Howard-Jones at the piano.  Later in the 1920’s the sonata was discovered by the Spanish cellist Antoni Sala, who pronounced it a masterpiece and recorded it with Ireland as pianist.

"Ireland's Cello Sonata is one of his darkest works, inspired from the supernatural world of Arthur Machen's writings”, explains Rebeca Omordia.  “It's full of mystery and drama, posing many technical and musical challenges for the pianist.  I've played it many times, first with Julian Lloyd Webber as part of a tour of performances celebrating Ireland's 50th anniversary then with the celebrated Romanian cellist, Răzvan Suma, with whom I performed it both in the UK and in Romania.  I look forward to my collaboration with Julian's wife, Jiaxin, also an amazing cellist who is continuing Julian's wonderful work of promoting British music." 

Jiaxin Lloyd Webber graduated from Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 1997. She was already giving performances with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra before leaving China for further studies in New Zealand where she received her Masters Degree at Auckland University in 2001.  Jiaxin was principal cello of the Auckland Chamber Orchestra, a founder member of the Aroha String Quartet and has played regularly with the Auckland Philharmonia and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras, including the cello concertos by Dvorak, Elgar and Lalo.  Now resident in the UK, she has performed, broadcast and recorded with her husband, the world-renowned cellist, Julian Lloyd Webber.

Rebeca Omordia studied at the National Music University in Bucharest with the renowned Romanian pianist and Professor Dana Borsan and later at Birmingham Conservatoire, and Trinity College of Music, London with Professor Mikhail Kazakevich.  Winner of many prizes in national and international piano competitions, Rebeca has collaborated with cellist Julian Lloyd Webber as duo partners, and has performed intensively as a soloist and with orchestras across Europe.  Her most recent performance was with the 'Transilvania' Philharmonic Orchestra in Romania, where she performed the Piano Concerto No. 2 by Saint-Saens.

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