St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Chris Christodoulou - Bouzouki & Gemma Kateb - piano

Friday, 5 September at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Chris Christodoulou - Bouzouki & Gemma Kateb - pianoChris Christodoulou - Bouzouki & Gemma Kateb - piano

     Concerto in D Major RV93  

        Allegro guisto

     Concerto in C Major RV425

       Allegro moderato
       Allegro moderato

     Andante and Variations, WoO 44b -

Chris Christodoulou was born in London of Greek Cypriot parents. He has been playing music since the age of seven, and became devoted to the Greek instrument bouzouki. Having worked as a musician playing the folk music of Greece, Chris developed a sincere desire to challenge the common association of the bouzouki with Greek folk music, and tavernas. This led him to gain qualifications in music theory. He then went on to study music at university in London, where he studied under the late Raenelda MacKie and in 2012 achieving his Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Music Performance for which he is the first, anywhere in the world, to major in bouzouki. Chris did not part with his instrument, and whilst at university he worked hard on arranging and transcribing Western classical music for the bouzouki, resulting in several impressive public performances during that time. This included a very unique recital as part of his dissertation, performing his own transcriptions of works by Antonio Vivaldi and Michel Blavet. Chris was also invited to perform as a soloist with the Middlesex University chamber ensemble in 2009 and 2010, giving public performances playing virtuosic pieces such as 'The Bumble Bee' by Rimsky Korsakov, and 'Czardas' by Vittorio Monti. Since graduating from university, Chris has continued working on classical repertoire and has remained active in performing. Most recently giving a series of lunchtime concerts for the Wren churches of London. Other recent concerts include an evening recital along with pianist Laura O'Gorman at the prestigious Burgh House in Hampstead. Chris is currently looking forward to performing in more concerts across the UK.

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Gemma Kateb graduated in 2007 with an Honours degree in music from the University of Birmingham, where she studied with Alexander Boyd and performed frequently at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.

In 2008 she began her postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2011 with a Distinction for a Masters in Performance, specialising in piano accompaniment and chamber music. She worked with a number of distinguished artists on projects at the Guildhall, including Sarah Walker and Graham Johnson, and has played in masterclasses with Roger Vignoles, Paul Roberts and Martin Katz. Since graduating from the Guildhall Gemma has continued to give concerts in the UK and abroad while working as a staff accompanist at GSMD and freelance.

Gemma is a passionate musician and enjoys a varied performing career. As a song accompanist she has appeared at the Holywell Music Room in Oxford, Southwark Cathedral and in the City of London Festival. Recently she performed at St Martin-in-the-Fields and St Paul's Covent Garden as a chamber pianist and gave solo recitals at the Foundling Museum and for the Benslow Music Trust, where she will return next year. Later this year she will be beginning a series of concerts with piano duet partner Alexander Boyd. She has worked closely with a number of contemporary composers, premiering new chamber works at the London Contemporary Dance School, and the Arcola Theatre as part of 'Grimeborn' opera festival.

Gemma is also very committed to music education and teaches piano at the Latymer Saturday Music Centre and privately.