St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Olga Jegunova - piano, and Jorge Navarro Colorado - tenor

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

Olga Jegunova - piano, and Jorge Navarro Colorado - tenorOlga Jegunova - piano, and Jorge Navarro Colorado - tenor

Purcell

Music for a while

Sweeter than roses

Tosti

Non t'amo piu

A vucchella

Schubert

Kriegers Ahnung

Nacht und Träume

Wolf

Seltsam ist Juanas weise

Gounod

Venise

Faure

En sourdine

Turina

Vade retro

Obradors

El Vito

The Latvian pianist Olga Jegunova makes every performance fresh and compelling. She possesses a remarkable musical imagination combined with a seriousness of purpose and discipline. Her repertoire ranges from Bach to Schnittke, Scarlatti to Bartok and includes much contemporary repertoire, not least some new works composed especially for her. Olga has gained an enviable reputation as soloist and recitalist, not least winning many major international piano competitions. These include the Ginette Gaubert competition in Paris and the Steinway-Förderpreis in Hamburg. She has been a prize-winner at the Maryse Cheilan competition in France, the Stasys Vainiunas competition in Vilnius, the Animato competition in Zurich, and was a semi-finalist at the prestigious Geza Anda Concours in Zurich.

Beginning her musical studies in her native Latvia (B.Mus at the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Music Academy), Olga moved to Germany  (M.Mus at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg) and Great Britain (Royal College of Music's Artist Diploma course as an RCM scholar under Dmitri Alexeev, and Royal Northern College of Music where her piano teacher was Norma Fisher). Her studies have been supported by innumerable scholarships and awards including Socrates Erasmus, Acroyd Trust, LMN, Izglītības fonds, Kultūrkapitāla fonds, RCM scholarship and DOM Stiftung.

Olga regularly performs at festivals across Europe. These include Gstaad Piano academy, Edinburgh International Festival, Deal Festival, IMS Prussia Cove and Sounds New Contemporary Music Festival. Olga Jegunova is very interested in working with other groups of artists. She played the piano in the "Noureev & Friends" performance in the Palais Des Congrès in Paris in 2013 and has worked with the storyteller Jan Blake to create the Peter and the Wolf performance for children. Olga Jegunova played for the Latvian Presidency's annual Burns Supper in Brussels and played before HRH Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands. Olga has participated in numerous master classes with such luminaries as Andras Schiff, Ferenz Rados, Elisso Virsaladze, Mikhail Voskresensky and Lazar Berman.

As a soloist she has collaborated with conductors such as Saulius Sondeckis, Alexander Soddy, Andres Mustonen, Muhai Tang and Valery Ovsianikov, and appeared with ensembles and orchestras such as the Sinfonia Concertante, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Pasdeloup Orchestra and Manchester Camerata. Olga also is a very keen chamber musician. Since 2009, she has worked as a performer for Live Music Now, a charity providing live music in the concert hall as well as in the welfare, educational, justice and health sectors. Olga teaches piano to students of Queen Mary London University.

Olga Jegunova was invited to work as a compare at the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. This competition was streamed live over the Internet by Medici TV. BBC Arabic interviewed Olga Jegunova about classical music and how it makes a difference to our humanity.

Winner of the 2016 Gil-Rodriguez Scholarship from Opéra de Baugé and of the tenor prize at BecaBach 2015 in Barcelona, Jorge Navarro Colorado, who graduated from the Opera Course of the Guildhall School of Music, is a Britten-Pears Alumnus and a Samling Artist. He has worked with conductors included David Angus, Renato Balsadonna, Stephen Barlow, William Christie, Laurence Cummings, Gianluca Marcianò and Philip Pickett, and has sung and understudied principal roles with British Youth Opera, Chelsea Opera Group, Garsington Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Grange Park Opera, New Chamber Opera, the New London Consort and Wexford Festival Opera. With Opera de Baugé, he sang Liberto / Second Soldier L'Incoronazione di Poppea, with New Chamber Opera, Il Conte d'Albafiorita in Salieri's La Locandiera, and for Scottish Opera On Tour, he sang Gaston La traviata. His repertoire has included Clotarco in Haydn's Armida, Second Soldier in Mariotte's Salomé, Rodriguez Don Quichotte, Agenore Il Re Pastore, Aminta

Euridice, Aeolus The Tempest, Eustazio in Rossini's Armida and Otumbo Alzira. He was a Finalist in the Oxford Lieder Competition, a semi-finalist in the London Handel Singing Competition and won the Manning Tenor Prize 2008 and the Garsington Chorus Award 2010.Concert highlights have included J. S. Bach Cantatas at the Bachcelona Festival, the St John Passion at St John's, Smith Square, Blow Venus and Adonis with the New London Consort, Messiah with the London Festival Orchestra, Monteverdi Vespers 1610 in Sheffield Cathedral and Mozart Requiem with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Recent concerts include Mozart Missa Brevis in G and Vesperae Solemnes de Dominica with the Polski Chór Kameralny at Mozartiana 2016, Monteverdi Vespers 1610 with Laurence Cummings and a staged recital to commemorate the death of Benjamin Britten at the Ciclo de Lied de Santiago. Jorge Navarro Colorado's current engagements include Berengario Lotario at the 2017 Göttingen Handel Festival and later on in the Konzert Theater in Bern, and a tour of Israel singing J. S. Bach Easter Oratorio and Cantata 11 with the Israel Camerata. Jorge Navarro Colorado continues his vocal development with David Pollard and Carlos Aransay.

The Latvian pianist Olga Jegunova has gained an enviable reputation as soloist and recitalist, not least by winning many major international piano competitions. Olga regularly performs at festivals across Europe. These include Gstaad Piano academy, Edinburgh International Festival, Deal Festival, IMS Prussia Cove and Sounds New Contemporary Music Festival. Olga has worked as a live presenter for Medici TV during XIV Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow and also works as music journalist for the Russian Gap magazine in London. Olga is a Steinway Artist. In 2015 Olga founded a music charity OlgaRhythm which supports young talented musicians. Olga released her "Poetic Piano Sonatas" CD in October 2016.
www.olgajegunova.com
www.olgarhythm.com

Winner of the 2016 Gil-Rodriguez Scholarship from Opéra de Baugé and of the tenor prize at BecaBach 2015 in Barcelona, Jorge Navarro Colorado, who graduated from the Opera Course of the Guildhall School, is a Britten-Pears Alumnus and a Samling Artist. He has worked with conductors included Antonio Pappano, William Christie, Laurence Cummings, David Angus, Renato Balsadonna, Stephen Barlow and Philip Pickett, and has sung and understudied principal roles with Scottish Opera, Wexford Festival Opera, Glyndebourne, Garsington, Grange Park, British Youth Opera, Chelsea Opera Group, New Chamber Opera and New London Consort, with a repertoire ranging from the Baroque to the 21st century. Concert highlights have included J. S. Bach Cantatas at Bachcelona Festival, St John Passion at St John's, Smith Square, Blow Venus and Adonis with the New London Consort, Messiah with the London Festival Orchestra, Monteverdi Vespers 1610 in Sheffield Cathedral, Mozart Requiem with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Mozart Vesperae Solemnes de Dominica at Mozartiana 2016 Gdansk, and a Britten recital at the Ciclo de Lied de Santiago. Current engagements include Berengario Lotario at the 2017 Göttingen Handel Festival and at the Konzert Theater (Bern), and J. S. Bach Easter Oratorio with the Israel Camerata.