Juan Pablo Hinojosa was the winner of the Senior Recital Class in the Springboard 2014 Festival. John Bruzon has been following his progress.
“I attended Juan Pablo’s recent recital in Brighton and wanted to share with you how very much I enjoyed his playing.
He has matured considerably and was sincere and most eloquent with his introductions to the music he was about to play. In works by Debussy, Scriabin and Albeniz, Juan Pablo demonstrated a clear understanding of structure and style. He makes a beautiful sound at the piano, always allowing phrases to breathe in a natural way and displaying a wonderful sense of musicianship. He is a natural communicator!”
Currently Juan Pablo is at the RCM studying with Gordon Fergus-Thompson, who was our remarkable adjudicator last year, however he is in desperate need of support with college fees for his final year. You can make a donation at: https://www.gofundme.com/24j6jnry
Former Springboard Concerto winner Michael Leach recently graduated from a masters course at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He read music at Girton College, Cambridge and graduated in 2012 where he was a music scholar and studied piano with Lucy Parham. Michael attended Junior Guildhall from the age of 13-18 and in his final year, was awarded the Keyboard prize and 2nd place in the Lutine prize. Recent competition successes include the Alkan prize, Cambridge, 1st place at the Springboard Concerto Competition and 2nd place at the Oxford Music Festival Piano Recital Class. Michael has performed as a soloist with several orchestras including Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Brighton Youth Orchestra. Michael has given recitals at the Brighton Dome, St Martin-in-the-Fields and the Wales Millennium Centre.
The opening half of the recital features works by Haydn, Ligeti and Brahms. After the interval Michael will concentrate on the complete Book 1 of On An Overgrown Path, by Janáček, which the composer said “contains distant reminiscences. Those reminiscences are so dear to me that I do not think they will ever vanish.” The recital concludes with Ravel’s sparkling Jeux d’Eau. See full programme here.
Friday 27 January 2017. 7.30pm St. Luke’s Church, Queen’s Park Road, BN2 9ZB Tickets £7 / £5 concessions / £3 under 12s available on the door. Wine and refreshments served. Disabled access.
Mary Tyler, runner-up in the under 25s concerto section will be performing with the Brighton Youth Orchestra String Ensemble on 18 February 2017 at St Mary de Haura Church as part of their end of tour concert.
The concert will take place at 7.30pm. The concert programme will include Bach D minor Piano Concerto with soloist Philip Leslie and Finzi Clarinet Concerto performed by Mary.