World Premiere of First Piano Sonata by Wojciech Kosma

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Matthew Schellhorn will give the World Premiere of Wojciech Kosma's First Piano Sonata, tonight at Deptford Town Hall.

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Kosma composed his First Piano Sonata by following a random system of selection from a complete catalogue of piano's chords and their rhythmic and dynamic properties. The work is notated using an unorthodox continuous form (using no bars), irrespective of the technical difficulties it might create in reading or performing the score. As the result the music is challenging, complex and unpredictable. The piece is a part of a larger compositional project, which will present further instances of Kosma's method.

The concert is supported by Polish Cultural Institute in London.

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Performance on BBC Radio 3 "Hear and Now"

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Matthew Schellhorn’s performance in the opening concert of the 2011 Sligo New Music Festival will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 2 July 2011 at 22:30.

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Following his collaboration with the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet, bassist Malachy Robinson and saxophonist Cathal Roche, BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now will feature Matthew Schellhorn’s performance of Ian Wilson’s re:play.

Ed McKeon introduces the second of two programmes of recent music from Ireland.

You can listen in the UK on 90–93FM, on Digital Radio and via digital TV, or online.

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Matthew Schellhorn records Stations

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Matthew Schellhorn returned to the studio this week to record Ian Wilson’s Stations.

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Stations is a fourteen-movement work for solo piano inspired by the Catholic devotion of the Stations of the Cross – a narrative in fourteen scenes that relates to the events leading from Christ’s death sentence to his entombment. It was written for Matthew Schellhorn between 2006–07.

The work is divided into four Books and each Book is also performable as a separate entity. Matthew Schellhorn gave the world premiere of each Book separately between 2007 and 2008 and also gave the first complete performances of the work in 2009.

Recordings took place in the Curtis Auditorium, Cork School of Music, between Wednesday 1 June and Friday 3 June 2011, and the disc is due to be released later this year.

Matthew Schellhorn to perform in 2011 Sligo New Music Festival

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Matthew Schellhorn will perform in the 2011 Sligo New Music Festival later this month.

He will join the award-winning RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet, saxophonist Cathal Roche and bassist Malachy Robinson in a performance of Ian Wilson’s re:play. The work, composed in 2007, is for the unusual combination of for improvising saxophonist, piano, string quartet and double bass. This will be the work’s second performance, and will take place in the opening concert of the festival.

The concert will be recorded by BBC Radio 3 to be broadcast later in the year.

For full Festival details visit the website: http://themodel.ie/music/sligo-new-music-festival

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Tribute to Yvonne Loriod published in Musical Opinion

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Matthew Schellhorn’s tribute to Yvonne Loriod published in Musical Opinion is published in the January–February 2011 issue of Musical Opinion.

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In this personal and moving article, Matthew shares his thoughts about Loriod’s life, career and teaching. Matthew Schellhorn writes: Loriod had the gift of bringing the piano to life, and whenever I met her I came away more inspired and more in love with Messiaen’s music. My personal sadness on her death was balanced by an intense gratitude for having had the opportunity to meet her, to play for her, and to enjoy her guidance at the instrument. The warmth and good humour that characterised being in her company will always stay with me.’

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