St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Oliver Nelson - violin and Vasilis Rakitzis - piano

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

Oliver Nelson - violin and Vasilis Rakitzis - pianoOliver Nelson - violin and Vasilis Rakitzis - piano


      Adagio and Fugue

          From Sonata in G minor for solo violin BWV 1017


      Sonata in G major Op.78

          Allegro ma non troppo


          Allegro molto moderato

Oliver Nelson was born in Glasgow and began learning the violin at the age of six. He gained scholarships to both Canford School and the Royal Academy of Music. During his time at the Academy, Oliver studied the violin with Xue-Wei and conducting with Denise Ham and Colin Metters and appeared as leader and soloist with the Academy String Orchestra.

His achievements include winning the Academy Concerto Competition, the Winifred Small Violin Competition and the building of his concerto repertoire with Gli Amici Della Musica, Dorset Youth Orchestra, Christchurch Sinfonia, and Da Vinci Ensemble.

He is now in high demand as a recitalist with Andrew Ball, Peter Croser, and Roy Stratford having recently performed at venues such as St.Martin-in-the-Fields and St.James Piccadilly in London.

As a soloist he has appeared with orchestras in this country and abroad including the Amaretti Ensemble, Dorset Chamber Orchestra, Dorking Philharmonia, Gorton Philharmonic, High Peaks Symphony Orchestra, Hertford Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Beethoven Orchestra, Unley Symphony Orchestra of Adelaide, Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra, Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra and the Winchester Symphony Orchestra.

Oliver's concerto performances have ranged from performing Bruch's 1st Violin Concerto at both the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and Edinburgh Central Hall, the Tchaikovsky Concerto in Adelaide, Australia, and Mozart Concertos 3 and 5 with the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra in Muscat, Oman. With the latter orchestra, Oliver was invited to perform as soloist in a private performance in the palace of the Sultan of Oman.

Oliver also leads a busy life teaching the violin at The Royal School and Hindhead Music Centre in Surrey and is regularly involved in adjudicating, coaching and masterclasses.

Vasileios Rakitzis was born in Athens in 1983. He studied piano with Popi and Maria Efstratiadis at the Conservatory of Athens, where he obtained his Diploma with honors in 2003. He is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music (Postgraduate Diploma, 2006) and the Conservatory of Amsterdam (Master of Music - Cum Laude), where he studied with Martin Roscoe and Naum Grubert respectively. During his studies, he was a scholar of the State Scholarship Foundation of Greece and the International Music Association "Gina Bachauer". He has taken part in master classes given by, among others, Paul Badura-Skoda, Boris Berman and Dominique Merlet. At present, he is a doctoral student at City University of London and Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a scholar of "Alexandros Onassis" Foundation.

Vasileios has appeared in recitals and chamber music concerts in Greece, Great Britain, Holland, Germany and Italy. He has performed as a soloist with the State Orchestras of Athens and Thessaloniki, the National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Greece and the Symphony Orchestra of the City of Athens. He was awarded the "Rising Soloist" prize by the International Music Association "Gina Bachauer" in 2008 and the "Eleni Tim. Mykoniou" award by the Academy of Athens in 2010. He has, also, been a prize-winner at international piano competitions in Europe.

Vasileios currently resides in London and is a piano teacher at Hindhead Music Centre (Surrey, UK).