Wednesday May 17th 1.05-2.05pm
Michael Webb Clarinet
Aleksandra Myslek piano
A recent graduate of Birmingham Conservatoire, Michael Webb has enjoyed success in several competitions as a solo clarinettist, winning 1 st place in both the Conservatoire’s Woodwind Prize and in the Birmingham Philharmonic Concerto Prize, awarded by Julian Lloyd Webber following Michael’s performance of the Finzi concerto. Other concerto appearances include performances of works by Mozart, Weber, Stravinsky and Bernstein with orchestras in Leeds and across the Midlands. Michael’s solo recital career has encompassed performances in the Birmingham Conservatoire Recital Hall and St John’s Smith Square in London. In 2013, Michael was invited to participate in the British Isles Music Festival, performing solo works by Brahms and Stravinsky. Other notable performances include Sir Harrison Birtwistle 's Linoi on a basset clarinet, part of the “Birtwistle in Birmingham” festival. Michael is currently studying for a master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Christopher Richards and Angela Malsbury.
Born in Warsaw, Aleksandra Myslek began playing the piano at the age of six. The numerous awards she received include, among others, special prizes for the best performance of Chopin works in the Chopin Competition in Sochaczew- Poland, 2nd prize in the II International Schumann Piano Competition in Suwalki- Poland and 1st prize and special prizes in the III International Chopin Piano Competition in Budapest , which opened for her the doors of prestigious concert halls in Europe. Aleksandra frequently performed in Poland (among others at F. Chopin Society in Warsaw, the Porczynscy Gallery, the F. Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, W. Lutoslawski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio ), France (invited by Ecole Normale de Musique, prestigious Concours International de Piano in Paris, organised by Cziffra Foundation recital in Senlis), Hungary ( Budapest, Szeged and Debrecen) and UK, where she regularly gives recitals, chamber music and concerto performances . Aleksandra gained her higher education degrees at the Royal Academy of Music in London where she studied with Prof. Christopher Elton and Prof. Hamish Milne. She also received lessons and inspirational advice from musicians like Leon Fleisher, Ferenc Rados, Fou Ts’ong and many others. It was at the Royal Academy when Aleksandra discovered her love for the music of Karol Szymanowski. Having written her Masters dissertation on the composer, she is planning to pursue her interest and record 3 big works by Szymanowski: Masques, Myths, and Metopes. In the summer of 2017 she will join the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad to introduce some of her ideas.
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