St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Duo Asteria

Thursday, 27 October at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Duo Asteria

Corinna Hentschel – violin
Giulio Poggia – piano

W.A. Mozart

Sonata for piano and violin KV 378

I. Allegro Moderato

II. Andantino sostenuto e cantabile

III. Rondeau - Allegro

A. Dvorak

Sonatina for violin and piano op.100

I. Allegro risoluto

II. Larghetto

III. Scherzo

IV. Finale

J. Brahms

Scherzo from F-A-E Sonata

German violinist Corinna Hentschel has graduated in 2016 with a Masters in Chamber Music Violin from "Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock", Germany in the class of Holger Wangerin. She also holds a Performance Diploma, as well as an Educational Diploma from the same school. Her love of chamber and contemporary music has brought her to form the Duo „HENTSCHEL-Sisters" with her sister Simone, who plays percussion. Together, they have played at festivals in Germany, the Netherlands and Slovenia. She has also founded Duo Asteria with her colleague Giulio Poggia on piano. Together they perform regularly around the UK and Germany. Since 2015 cellist Derek Aviss OBE has been working with the duo.

In 2014 she played with Gilad Atzmon and The Orient House Ensemble. She plays with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed in Germany, Europe and USA as a soloist, chamber musician and as a member of different orchestras. Corinna has won the "Hans Kauffmann Foundation" special price for chamber music (trio) in the Ostracised Music competition in 2010. She is also a scholarship holder of the „Yehudi Menuhin - Live Music Now e.V." foundation and the Lions Club Kaarst-Büttgen-Korschenbroich. Corinna has been granted an Erasmus Scholarship for 2014-15 for MMus Performance studies with Ofer Falk at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London and has received the MMus degree. She has led the Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra and performed as a soloist at the London Handel Festival 2015.

Italian pianist Giulio Poggia graduated from the Conservatorio "Arrigo Pedrollo" di Vicenza at the age of 19 after only seven years of study. He comes from a non-musical family and he decided to study piano at the age of twelve, after hearing for the first time a record of Beethoven's music. Always described as talented and promising by his teachers, he developed quickly and has studied with many pianists, among whom Renato Maioli, Stefania Redaelli, Riccardo Zadra, Federica Righini, Martino Tirimo, Eugene Asti, Douglas Finch; he also attended many masterclasses held by well-known musicians, such as Pascal Rogé, Christiane Montandon and Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy. He is also being coached by Professor Derek Aviss OBE, cellist and past Principal of Trinity College of Music.

In London he has performed compositions by living composers, such as Adam Gorb, Luis Serrano Alarcon and Richard Rodney Bennet, with the Wind Orchestra of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance at Blackheath Halls; and a solo recital with an all water-related programme at the National Maritime Museum for the Turner and The Sea Exhibition. He also had the pleasure to be selected to perform Takemitsu's Riverrun as a soloist with the TLSO, conducted by Garry Walker.

Giulio is currently doing his Master of Music degree, studying with Philip Fowke, at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, supported by a Scholarship offered by the school.

Duo Asteria was born in February 2015, almost by chance, by the desire of two young musicians to make as much chamber music as possible. It was clear from the very beginning that there was understanding between both of them on the musical and personal side. They created demanding recital programmes that they performed in different venues, such as the Wigmore Hall as part of Trinity Laban chamber music project, St Martin-In-The-Fields, the Polish Hearth Club, St George's Church Beckenham, St James's Piccadilly, ORNC Chapel Greenwich and many other venues. Giulio and Corinna are very lucky to have Derek Aviss OBE and Ofer Falk as their mentors. Beside this, they had the chance to work with Tasmin Little OBE in a performance masterclass.

Corinna and Giulio appeared in this year's St. George's Festival for Beckenham, as well as in St Martin in the Fields, where they had the pleasure of being selected for their Lunchtime Series 2015/16.