St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Nice Vizoso Chao – piano, and Laura Balboa – violin

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

Nice Vizoso Chao – piano, and Laura Balboa – violinNice Vizoso Chao – piano, and Laura Balboa – violin

J Brahms

Piano sonata no. 1 in G major, op.78

Vivace ma non troppo

Adagio

Allegro molto moderato

L van Beethoven

Violin sonata no. 5 in F major, op.24

Allegro

Adagio molto espressivo

Scherzo: Allegro molto

Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo

Born in A Coruña (Spain), Nice Vizoso Chao started her musical education at the age of seven with the Armenian teacher Anna Poghosyan. After getting her Professional Conservatory Diploma she started to study in the Superior Conservatory of A Coruña. During that time she was also studying in Holland with the teacher Alan Weiss for a year and she got an Erasmus scholarship in the Koninklijk Conservatorium of Brussels to study with Daniel Blumenthal and Hans Ryckelynck. She was awarded her Superior Conservatory Diploma with distinction in 2011 with Alicia González Permuy and in the same year, she obtained a place at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance to do a Masters' under the guidance of Simon Young. Her dedication to improve her piano skills allowed her to benefit from the Masterclasses of Levon Hovsepian, Nino Kereselidze, Robert Sugarov, Imre Rohmann, Sergei Yerokin, Alexander Kandelaki, Piter Bithell. Nice was also educated as musician in other fields. She was part of the Galician Symphonic choir for years and she performed with conductors such as Jesús López Cobos and Victor Pablo Pérez, among others. While completing her Piano Degree in Spain, Nice gave concerts in leading venues in cities such as Madrid, Málaga, Santiago de Compostela, Ferrol, A Coruña and Vigo. Nice is also a devoted piano teacher, and enjoys sharing her experience with young children and adults. She has taught piano privately during her studies in London and Spain.

Spanish violinist Laura Balboa, born in 1991, is currently studying at the Royal College of Music in London for a Master of Performance with Itzhak Rashkovsky. Laura is an RCM Scholar supported by the Antonio Brosa Award, a Big Give Award, and the Obra Social La Caixa Foundation. Laura completed her Bachelor of Music at the age of eighteen, graduating with high honors. At nineteen, she began a Master of Music in Vienna at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität with Florian Zwiauer, with a scholarship from the Pedro Barrié de la Maza Foundation. During her studies in Vienna, Laura Balboa was loaned an 18th Century Tononi violin, and obtained the highest honors in her final violin recital. Laura has been awarded prizes at several competitions, including First Prize in the I Caixanova Music Competition, and III National Sonidos del Arlanza Chamber Music Competition, and Second Prize in the III Intenational Circo de Artesanos Competition and XIII International Villa de Llanes Violin Competition. She also won the Honorary Prize and Special Jury Prize in the David Russell International Award for Young Talent, and the Tsuzuki Award at the XI International Fidelio Chamber Music Competition. Laura has performed solo and chamber recitals in countries such as the UK, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, China, Japan and the Emirates. First violin of the Eutherpe String Quartet, Laura and the ensemble were selected to be the resident string quartet of the Schloss Theather Celle (Germany) during 2013. She is also conductor/leader of the Ensemble Purpur, a collaborative chamber orchestra with young musicians from across Europe. 

Nice Vizoso Chao studied in the Superior Conservatory of A Coruña in Spain. During that time she was also studying in Holland with the teacher Alan Weiss for a year and she got an Erasmus scholarship in the Koninklijk Conservatorium of Brussels. She was awarded her Superior Conservatory Diploma with distinction in 2011, and in the same year won a place at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance to do a Masters'. While completing her Piano Degree in Spain, Nice gave concerts in leading venues in cities such as Madrid, Málaga, Santiago de Compostela, Ferrol, A Coruña and Vigo. Nice is also a devoted piano teacher, and enjoys sharing her experience with young children and adults.

Spanish violinist Laura Balboa is studying at the Royal College of Music for a Master of Performance. Laura has been awarded prizes at several competitions, including First Prize in the I Caixanova Music Competition, and III National Sonidos del Arlanza Chamber Music Competition, and Second Prize in the III Intenational Circo de Artesanos Competition and XIII International Villa de Llanes Violin Competition. She also won the Honorary Prize and Special Jury Prize in the David Russell International Award for Young Talent, and the Tsuzuki Award at the XI International Fidelio Chamber Music Competition. She is also conductor/leader of the Ensemble Purpur, a collaborative chamber orchestra with young musicians from across Europe.