St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Duo Bayanello

Tuesday, 2 February at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Duo Bayanello

Cecilia Bignall - cello

Iosif Purits - accordion


Bent Lorentzen

           Tears (1992)  

Henryk Wieniawski


Johann Sebastian Bach

           Sonata No. 3 in G minor for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord BWV 1029




Manuel de Falla

          Suite Populaire Espagnole

                                     El paño moruno






"The Classical accordion is a young and wonderful instrument with a wide range of possibilities, many of them are still waiting to be developed or discovered," says Russian accordionst Iosif Purits. Despite his young age he has become one of the best known accordion musicians of his generation. He has travelled around the world performing at the most prestigious concert venues. His extensive repertoire ranges from Russian to Japanese works and from classical to contemporary music. "The transcription of the great music of classical composers and the perception of original repertoire written by the best contemporary composers makes a unique mixture," he says. "When you plunge into that combination with accordion you open the great world of musical culture through the lens of the 21st century."  As well as solo-performance he is an enthusiastic collaborator with different multi-instrumental ensembles, chamber and symphonic orchestras.

Iosif Purits was born into a family of well-known accordion musicians in Moscow. When Iosif was six years old, his father started to teach him to play the accordion. However it didn't last very long, as sadly his father died after a sudden illness. 8 year-old Iosif continued his primary music education with his mother - Natalia Purits. At the same age she took him to the International competition Classica Nova in Germany where he became a prize-winner. This experience started him on an intensive music life with annual successes at international competitions, concerts and festivals. Iosif was the first Russian child to win the under 12 category at the Klingenthal international competition in Germany. He played many times at the international Bayan festival in Moscow, and was awarded scholarships from several international foundations.

Iosif is a prize-winner of more than 30 International competitions, including such events as Competition of Accordionists in Сastelfidardo (Italy 2009, 1st prize), Arrasate Hiria (Spain 2011, 1st prize), Trophee Mondial (Italy 2011 2nd, prize, USA 2012, 1st prize), Accoholiday (Kiev 2012, Gran-Prix) and Competition of Accordionists in Klingenthal (Germany, 2013, 1st prize). Iosif also won the ABRSM International Postgraduate Award for his post-graduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music.

Iosif has performed in many countries of the world, such as the USA, Austria, Spain, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Czech Republic, China, France, Canada, Denmark, Serbia, Lithuania. He performed at Carnegie Hall (New-York), Wigmore Hall (London), The Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Moscow), George Weston Recital Hall (Toronto), Nybrokajen Concert Hall (Stockholm), National House of Vinohrady (Prague), Concert Hall of Central Conservatory of Music (Beijng), Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (Copenhagen) and UNESCO (Paris) among others.

After four years studying with professor Andrey Ledenev at the Schnittke College of Music, Iosif became a student of professor Friedrich Lips at the Russian Gnesins Academy of Music where he graduated with distinction in 2013. In 2014 he transferred to London to study under professor Owen Murray at the Royal Academy of Music. "A huge contribution to the development of the accordion repertoire and performing arts made by our teachers gives us a new step in development of accordion as well as a large responsibility for the future of our instrument,"says Iosif. "I firmly believe that the golden era of accordion is still to come."

Duo Bayanello is a young and inspiring new ensemble consisting of two contrasting instruments, resulting in a surprisingly harmonious tone: cello and accordion. This connection was said by Rostrapovich to be a more organic combination of sounds than cello and piano, and brings a bigger contribution to accordion chamber music repertoire than any other.

Both studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Cecilia Bignall (cello) and Iosif Purits (accordion) have performed around the world, both in solo and chamber music projects.

Cecilia won the Ian Alexander Scholarship to the Academy to study with Robert Cohen, where she is currently a chamber music fellow. She has performed at the Wigmore Hall, Prussia Cove, the Norfolk and Norwhich Festival and the Aurora Festival in Sweden, among others, and has won multiple home and international competitions with her piano trio. Iosif is a prize-winner at 30 International competitions. Recently he became the first ever BBC Introducing Classical Artist. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, George Weston Recital Hall, among others. In 2013 Iosif won the ABRSM International Postgraduate Award, bringing him to London for his post-graduate studies at the Royal Academy. In the same year Cecilia travelled to Moscow with her quartet, performing two Russian Premiers with renowned accordionist Owen Murray. The idea of bringing the two instruments together was born in Moscow, resulting in this exciting new ensemble.

Duo Bayanello have received coaching and masterclasses from distinguished soloists Owen Murray, Robert Cohen, Friedrich Lips and Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi. They have performed  throughout London and in several concerts at the Royal Academy of Music, and in April 2015 they performed at the prestigious International House of Music in Moscow. In 2016 they became selected for the Park Lane Group Young Artists Concert Series which will result in performances at St. John Smith Square and St. James Piccadilly.  Their repertoire covers a wide range of musical genres and periods, from J.S.Bach, to Astor Piazzolla, to Sofia Gubaidalina and Ilkka Kuusisto. Original works by composer Freya Waley-Cohen, cellist Cecilia Bignall and vibraphonist Ralph Wyld are currently in progress for the ensemble.