Robert Bridge – pianoJ S Bach/Busoni
“Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ”, BWV 177Modest Mussorgsky
Pictures at an Exhibition
1. Gnome – Promenade
2. The Old Castle – Promenade
3. Tuileries (Children at play)
4. Bydło (The Ox Cart) – Promenade
5. The Ballet of the Unhatched Chickens
6. ‘Samuel’ Goldenberg and ‘Schmuyle’ – Promenade
7. Limoges (The market)
8. Catacombs (The Roman tomb) – Promenade
9. The Hut on Fowl’s Legs (Baba-Yaga)
10. The Great Gate of Kiev
Robert Bridge was a foundation scholar at the Royal College of Music where he won the RCM Chopin prize and was awarded first-class honours in the London BMus degree. He continued his studies in London and Germany with assistance from the Countess of Munster and Leverhulme trusts and gave a highly-acclaimed debut South Bank recital at the Purcell Room for the Park Lane Group where he was described in The Times as “that most gifted of young British pianists”. An invitation followed to join the Koenig Ensemble with whom he gave concerts at the Wigmore Hall, the BBC Lunchtime Concerts and at various festivals in Italy. A subsequent recital for the Park Lane Group of two-piano music with the pianist Jonathan Higgins received outstanding reviews and led to the first of two solo appearances at the BBC Promenade Concerts at the Albert Hall.
Robert Bridge has accompanied masterclasses for Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Ruggiero Ricci, Steven Isserlis and Gerard Souzay and has made numerous recordings for BBC Radio 3. He has performed concertos with the Milton Keynes Chamber Orchestra, the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra and the Channel Islands Youth Orchestra and has recently given performances of Chopin’s 2nd, Rachmaninoff’s 3rd and Beethoven’s 4th and both Brahms concertos with the North London Symphony Orchestra. Recent solo recitals have included performances of all the Chopin Preludes and the four Ballades, Ravel’s Miroirs and Bach’s Goldberg Variations. He teaches piano to enthusiastic kids and rusty adults, is an Associated Board examiner and organises an annual series of Knitting Concerts in Putney, aka Purls before Wine, where he subjects unwitting audiences to Webern, Tippett, Janacek and Ligeti whilst they read, sew, finish their crosswords and sometimes even listen.
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