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The idea for this event came out of two concerts in Amsterdam to celebrate Jan Vriend’s 80th birthday and will feature the following works:

  • Poulenc – sonata for flute and piano
  • Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue for piano solo
  • Vriend – sonata for piccolo and piano
  • Debussy – a newly discovered étude and Syrinx for solo piano and solo flute respectively.

The Poulenc sonata is a much loved piece which Ralph and Ilonka have played together before. The Jan Vriend sonata is a piece he wrote at Ilonka’s request for the Dutch Piccolo Project and was written with Ralph and Ilonka in mind. The Gershwin has been a very popular part of a number of concerts Ralph has given over the years – and at recent concert  in the Carnegie Hall in New York he premiered  a new etude by Debussy that he had recently discovered. Another famous piece Debussy wrote for flute solo, called Syrinx,  complements the programme.

All in all it should be a fascinating evening’s music.

Jan Vriend started to play the piano under his father’s guidance at the age of five, soon followed by the clarinet, the violin and the organ. Throughout his childhood he was involved in amateur music making, working in particular with the choirs and bands his father conducted. At the Amsterdam Conservatoire he studied piano, music theory and composition. He went on to study percussion and conducting and then mathematics and related sciences, primarily in view of their application in musical composition. During his career he has composed for, conducted and played in many venues and with various ensembles, choirs and orchestras. Core composers in his piano repertoire Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin and Debussy. He only occasionally gives public performances nowadays.   website: https://www.janvriend.co.uk

Ralph van Raat has been fascinated by twentieth century classical music since the age of 14. Although his repertoire ranges from Bach to Boulez, his primary focus has always been on composers from Debussy, Bartók and Ives to present day masters. He appears regularly as a recitalist in both The Netherlands and abroad. Van Raat was named a Steinway Artist by the Steinway piano company in 2003, joining an exclusive circle of renowned artists including Vladimir Horowitz, Martha Argerich, Alfred Brendel, Lang Lang and Keith Jarrett. He records exclusively on Steinway.

Website: http://www.ralphvanraat.com/

Ilonka Kolthof is developing an international career as a versatile flute and piccolo player. She has performed across the U.S. and Europe, including a solo recital at the 2016 National Flute Association’s convention in San Diego (CA). Kolthof performs as an orchestral musician and chamber music artist. She initiated the Dutch Piccolo Project, which aims to bring to the limelight the piccolo as a solo instrument. Working closely with composers this has resulted in the creation of many new works for piccolo and to collaborations with internationally acclaimed musicians and to substantial media attention.

Website; https://www.ilonkakolthof.com/index.php

Advance Tickets for this performance are £17.50 Adults and £10 Students and Under 14 years of age.

On the door on the evening tickets will cost £20 and £12.50 respectively

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