St Bride's: Music - Miguel Sobrinho – viola, Wouter Valvekens – piano

St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Miguel Sobrinho – viola, Wouter Valvekens – piano

Tuesday, 8 January at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Miguel Sobrinho – viola, Wouter Valvekens – pianoMiguel Sobrinho – viola, Wouter Valvekens – piano

R Schumann

Märchenbilder, op. 113

1. Nicht schnell (Not fast)

2. Lebhaft (Lively)

3. Rasch (Quickly)

4. Langsam, mit melancholischen Ausdruck

(Slowly, with a melancholy expression)

J Brahms

Sonata for viola and piano, no. 2 in E flat major, op. 120

1. Allegro Amabile

2. Allegro Appassionato

3. Andante con moto; Allegro

Miguel Sobrinho is in his 3rd year at the Royal Academy of Music - studying for a Bachelor's degree in Hélène Clément's class - and has been awarded a scholarship and first prize in the prestigious Theodore Holland Viola competition. Previoulsy he studied with Martin Outram, Paul Wakabayashi and Jorge Lé. Miguel won the 1st prize in eight Portuguese national competitions such as Concurso Vasco Barbosa, at both Junior and Superior levels. He played as a soloist with Camerata Atlântica in 2015 and Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa (Portuguese Symphony Orchestra) in 2018. This season he is going to have a solo engagement with the Orquestra Clássica do Sul (Classic Orchestra of the South). In 2016 Miguel also had the opportunity to record Enescu's 'Concertpiece' live for the national Portuguese radio.

Miguel is a keen chamber musician. He was awarded two prizes in competitions with the Werther Piano Quartet and he is now a member of the Atelier Quartet and the Krafte Trio. With these groups he has been coached by the Doric quartet, Levon Chiligirian, Paul Wakabayashi, Martin Outram, Ian Brown, Mark van Wiel, David Smith and Anna Tomasik. Miguel has played with many conductors such as Semyon Bychkov, Trevor Pinnock, Vasily Petrenko, Oliver Knussen, Robert Trevino, Gergely Madaras and Kerem Hasan, and in 2017 he was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra. In 2018, he has also been attending inspiring masterclasses, such as Prussia Cove and Aurora Music Festival, having played to the following violists: Nobuko Imai, Thomas Riebl, Sasha Zemtsov, Hartmut Rodhe, Helen Callus, Máté Szücs, Ettore Causa, Dimitri Murrath, Igor Sulyga, Diemut Poppen, Tatjana Masurenko and Jano Lisboa.

Wouter Valvekens (b. 1997) started his musical studies at the age of four, and received violin lessons from Inneke Van Riel in Zaventem, Belgium. At the age of six, he received his first piano lessons in Mechelen, where he studied piano with Rita Degraeuwe from 2004 to 2014. From 2014 to 2018 Wouter studied with Polina Leschenko at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. In 2017, he obtained the degree of Bachelor in Music magna cum laude. He has worked with András Schiff, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Richard Goode, Klaus Hellwig, Frank Braley and Imogen Cooper, amongst others, in various masterclasses.

During his studies, Wouter has been actively participating in numerous national and international competitions. In 2014 he was awarded the first prize at the Belfius Classics competition. He was a finalist at the International VriendenCultuurPrijs Theaters Tilburg and he was awarded the second prize in the International André Charlier piano competition in 2015. In 2016, he won 1st prize and the Audience prize in the international VriendenCultuurPrijs piano competition in Tilburg, the Netherlands, and 3rd prize in the César Franck International Piano Competition.

As a solo concert pianist, alongside various recital invitations, Wouter was invited by the Chamber Orchestra of Mechelen to play Chopin's 1st piano concerto in 2014. In 2015, the Student Philharmonic Orchestra of Antwerp invited him to play Beethoven's 3rd piano concerto in the prestigious Blue Hall of deSingel, Antwerp, and in February 2018 he was invited to play Saint-Saëns' 2nd piano concerto with the Chamber Orchestra of Mechelen.

Miguel Sobrinho (viola) and Wouter Valvekens (piano) are from Portugal and Belgium respectively, and they are both studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Miguel is being taught by Hélène Clément. He was awarded 1st prize in several competitions such as the Theodore Holland Viola Prize and Concurso Vasco Barbosa. Miguel has played solo with the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra and with Camerata Atlantica. He has also recorded for the Portguese National Radio. Wouter Valvekens is studying with Ian Fountain. Previously he studied with Rita Degraeuwe and Polina Leschenko. He is a laureate of several international competitions, including 3rd prize at the International César Franck competition in Belgium, and 1st prize in the VriendenCultuurPrijs competition in the Netherlands.