St John’s Smith Square’s Young Artists for 2017/18

Get an early glimpse of some of St John’s Smith Square’s 2017/18 season with the announcement of their Young Artists for next year.

Numerous arts organisations make a big play of supporting new talent. Sometimes the message is bigger than it should be: trumpeting the philanthropy of the organisation just a little too much.

But read between the lines and you’ll pick up something distinctive from St John’s Smith Square latest announcement.

Their 2017/18 investment isn’t just about introducing new performers to an expectant audience. St John’s Smith Square is supporting three groups in their development as producers and arts administrators as well.

The final three (listed below) were selected from over 140 applicants for the scheme. Twenty shortlisted applicants auditioned at St John’s Smith Square before the 3 successful Young Artists were selected.

In addition to three performance dates at St John’s Smith Square, each group will have access to funds and support to market their own concerts, and commission or produce their own works. A pragmatic, sustainable, and realistic offer.

Percussion and Piano Duo George Barton and Siwan Rhys

George Barton & Siwan Rhys

Individually George Barton and Siwan Rhys perform as soloists and chamber musicians, and work with the London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Currie Group, Nash Ensemble, and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

Building on their 2014 and 2016 appearances at St John’s Smith Square, the percussion duo will take the to the stage in four performances featuring a range of contemporary works.

Sunday 17 September 2017 3.00pm
Open House London: Young Artists’ Showcase
Francesca Le Lohé Father and Son, The Veil, and The Kiss (from Saida Portraits)
Georges Aperghis Quatre pièces fébriles
Howard Skempton Dance VI (from Gemini Dances)
Howard Skempton Duet for piano and woodblocks

Thursday 5 April 2018 1.05pm
Patrick Brennan New Work (new commission)
John Luther Adams Four Thousand Holes

Thursday 24 May 2018 7.30pm
Eric Wubbels doxa (2014)
Morton Feldman Dance Suite (For Merle Marsicano)
Oliver Leith New Work (new commission)

Sunday 24 June 2018 3.00pm
Cage Music for Amplified Toy Pianos
Mauricio Kagel Transición II
Peter McGarr Night Scented Stock
Vinko Globokar Drama

Violinist Mathilde Milwidsky

Matilde Mulwidsky

Mathilde’s biography is teams with a dizzying array of competitions, broadcast appearances, and concert halls. She was born in 1994 and with her St John’s Smith Square platform consolidates her ascendancy.

The relative orthodoxy of being a solo violinist makes audience cut-through all the more demanding both amongst the classical music cognoscenti and mainstream audiences.

Her associations with some of the world’s greatest present-day violinists – Vengerov, Kavakos, and Ibragimova, for example – promises to make her performances highlights of the St John’s Smith Square year.

Sunday 17 September 2017 3.00pm
Open House London: Young Artists’ Showcase
Debussy Violin Sonata
Brahms Scherzo from the F.A.E Sonata
Ysaÿe Solo Sonata No. 4
Sunday 7 January 2018 3.00pm
Janáček Sonata
Arvo Pärt Fratres
Ysaÿe Solo Sonata No. 2
Ravel ‘Sonate posthume’ No. 1
Strauss Violin Sonata in Eb Op. 18
Thursday 19 April 2018 1.05pm
Tartini Violin Sonata in G minor ‘Devil’s Trill’
Grieg Sonata No. 3 in C minor
Bartók Romanian Folk Dances

Thursday 31 May 2018 7.30pm
Sally Beamish New Commission
C. Schumann Romances Op. 22
Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 8
Elgar Violin Sonata in E minor
Ravel Tzigane


Bukolika Piano Trio


The Bukolika Piano Trio are Rona Tic, Joanna Gutowski, and Anna Szalucka.

They’re currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London, came to prominence as a trio only last year, and will have their Wigmore Hall debut on 22 September this year. A rapid trajectory.

Theirs is a varied series of programmes that goes beyond the usual fayre. Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time is definitely one to look out for.

Sunday 17 September 2017 3.00pm
Open House London: Young Artists’ Showcase
Haydn Trio C Hob.XV
Hanna Kulenty The Cradle Song

Monday 23 April 2018 7.30pm
Panufnik Piano trio Op. 1
Górecki 6 Bagatelles
Polish Composer New Work (commissioned piece)
Schubert Piano Trio No. 2 in Eb Op. 100

Thursday 3 May 2018 1.05pm
Dvořák Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor Dumky
Martin Piano trio on Irish folktunes

Sunday 17 June 2018 3.00pm
Debussy Piano trio in G
Boulanger D’un soir triste
Boulanger D’un matin de printemps
Messiaen Quartet for the end of time

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