St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

James Kirby - piano

Tuesday, 4 November at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

James Kirby - piano

Beethoven
      Sonata in F sharp major, Op 78
          Adagio cantabile
          Allegro ma non troppo
          Allegro vivace
Debussy
      Images Book 2                                                                              
          Cloches a travers les feuilles
          Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut                                   

          Poissons d'or
Chopin
      Nocturne in B, Op 62, No 1  
      Valse in A flat, Op 34, No 1

Biography
James Kirby gives recitals throughout the UK, and has appeared as a soloist at Wigmore Hall and the Edinburgh and Aldeburgh festivals. His work overseas includes concerts in France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Holland and the Czech Republic. Having studied at the Moscow Conservatoire he returns to perform in the former Soviet Union every year, special highlights being invitations to perform at the Sakharov Festival in Nizhny Novgorod and the Omsk Festival. He has given concerto performances with the English and Scottish Chamber Orchestras, Moscow, Khazakh and Belorussian Symphony Orchestras, and the Arad and Oradea Philharmonic Orchestras (Romania), at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire. He has performed both Brahms Concertos in Russia and Romania.
 
He has been a member of the Barbican Piano Trio since 1992, performing regularly at Wigmore Hall and in major UK festivals and concert series, and throughout Europe and the USA. The Trio's repertoire consists of over seventy works and their discography includes trios by Lalo, Tchaikovsky, Taneyev, Rachmaninov and Schnittke. In 2007 the Trio celebrated its Twentieth Anniversary, culminating in a series of three birthday concerts at Wigmore Hall featuring works by Haydn, Beethoven and Taneyev.
 
James has worked with the Vanburgh Quartet, BBC Singers, Lydia Mordkovitch and the mezzo soprano Sarah Connolly and has made two recordings for Chandos. He teaches at the Royal Welsh College in Cardiff, Royal Holloway, and University of London and is an Honorary Professor at the Rachmaninov Institute, Tambov, Russia where he makes annual visits to perform concertos, give recitals and masterclasses and lead chamber music courses.
 
He has served on the Juries of several international Piano competitions, most recently in Romania, Latvia, Russia and Slovenia.