St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

James Kirby - piano

Tuesday, 24 November at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

James Kirby - piano

Mozart (1756-91)

Sonata in F K533/494  (1786/8)                                                                               



      Rondo -Allegretto

 Beethoven (1770-1827)

 Sonata in A Op 2/2  (1795)                                                             

       Allegro vivace

       Largo appassionato

       Scherzo: Allegretto

       Rondo: Grazioso


As a soloist and chamber musician James performs regularly throughout the UK and Europe. His recital work includes appearances at major concert series in France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Holland, the Czech Republic, Bermuda and Malaysia and in the UK at Wigmore Hall and the Edinburgh and Aldeburgh festivals. Having studied at the Moscow Conservatoire he returns to perform in the former Soviet Union every year. Highlights have included performances at the Sakharov Festival in Nizhny Novgorod and the Omsk Festival. His orchestral performances include concertos with the Moscow, Khazakh and Belorussian Symphony Orchestras, and the Arad and Oradea Philharmonic Orchestras (Romania), and the English and Scottish Chamber Orchestras, 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 2012 the Trio marked its Twenty Fifth Anniversary with many celebratory concerts throughout the UK.

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, 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.

In 2015 he has been celebrating his fiftieth birthday with visits to Kazakhstan, Malaysia and Scotland as well as many concerts throughout the UK.