St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Anna Ovsyanikova - violin & Chris Hotson - piano

Tuesday, 6 January at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Anna Ovsyanikova - violin &  Chris Hotson - piano

Rachmaninov

      Morceaux de salon

      Romance

      Hungarian Dance

Ravel

      Sonata for violin and piano

          Allegretto (sol majeur)

          Blues, Moderato (la bémol majeur)

          Perpetuum mobile, Allegro (sol majeur)

Originally from Russia, Anna Ovsyanikova had made her international debut as a soloist with orchestra in Germany at the age of 16, and got offered places at music colleges in France, UK and Switzerland but chose to come to the UK securing full scholarships first at the Birmingham Conservatoire for her undergraduate degree and then at the Royal Academy of Music for her Masters.

Since coming to the UK she played as a soloist with many orchestras including Birmingham Philharmonic, Orchestra of the City, West Forest Sinfonia and Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra.  In 2010 she was selected  to participate  in Santander  Music Academy where  she  had  masterclasses  with  Zakhar  Bron. 

A dedicated orchestral player,  she was  a concertmaster  of all  Birmingham  Conservatoire  orchestras  as well as CBSO  Youth, Royal Academy Symphony and Concert Orchestras and YMSO under such conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Andris Nelsons and Martyn  Brabbins. She has also co-led under Semyon  Bychkov, Leif Segerstam,  accompanied  such  soloists  as  Mitsuko  Uchida,  Ju lian  Lloyd-Webber  and Natalia  Gutman.  She  enjoys  the solo  and chamber  music  career  as  well as  being a  busy freelance  orchestral musician.

Last academic year she won a place as one of the two violinists on the prestigious Foyle Future Firsts programme with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Her recent performance highlights include leading Bombay Chamber Orchestra on tour in India in December 2012 and performing at Wigmore Hall with London Philharmonic Orchestra soloists in June 2013.  She is a founder member of the Gobetti Duo with Sally Wigan with whom she regularly performes across the UK as well as on tours to Europe and the US.

Chris Hotson is a London-based, half-British, half-American pianist who has (appropriately enough) studied piano in both the UK and the US.  He did his undergraduate degree at Birmingham Conservatoire under the tuition of Malcolm Wilson and John Humphreys before accepting a scholarship and Graduate Assistantship to study with Francois Germain and Paul Wyse at The Crane School of Music in upstate New York, where he attained his Masters degree.

During his time at Birmingham, Chris won a number of prizes including the Beryl Chempin Beethoven Prize and the Marjorie Hazlehurst Piano Award, the latter for co-organising a large orchestral charity concert, in which he performed Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto - his marketing efforts attracting an audience of over two hundred.  He played in masterclasses for Peter Donohoe, Martin Jones, Daniel Hoexter and Mikhael Kazakevich amongst others.  He was selected to perform for Frederic Rzewski and Louis Andriessen at festivals dedicated to them, and British composer Stephen Mark Barchan has dedicated two pieces to him.

As a Graduate Assistant pianist at the Crane School of Music, Chris accompanied many fellow students in concerts, recitals and performance classes.  Whilst at Crane he learned Rachmaninov's 3rd Piano Concerto, winning Second Prize in the Crane Concerto Competition, and later reached the finals of the Central England Ensemble Concerto Competition back in England - the only pianist to do so.  In the summer after his graduation he was granted a scholarship to study with his favourite living pianist of many years - André Laplante - on a summer programme in Canada.

After graduation, Chris joined the music staff at the Prince of Wales Island International School in Penang, Malaysia, where he helped set up and teach new GCSE and A-level music programmes, taught piano, and oversaw the purchase of several new pianos at the school including a Steinway Concert Grand.  As of January 2014 he is now London-based as a peripatetic piano teacher, accompanist, ballet pianist and freelance musician, and has already found himself in healthy demand as a chamber musician, a duo partner, an accompanist for choirs, auditions and performance exams (amongst others) and as a soloist.

Chris believes passionately in music as expression, communication and a reflection of what it is to be human.  Good piano technique is only the foundation for something much greater.

Outside of music, Chris is a keen cyclist and amateur photographer, and a lover of 'the great outdoors.