Coming soon: new solo disc

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Matthew Schellhorn releases his first solo album in April 2014, performing Ian Wilson's monumental solo piano masterpiece, Stations.

Written between 2006 and 2007, 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 condemnation by Pilate to his burial in the tomb.



More about the album

World Premiere of Nicola LeFanu's Eight Studies

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This weekend, Matthew Schellhorn will give the world premiere of a new commission by Nicola LeFanu.

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LeFanu's Eight Studies were commissioned by Matthew in 2012 and a selection was performed in the Walled City Music Festival last year. This weekend's concert will see the first complete performance of the set.

The recital is hosted by the recently founded Piano Study Centre of Professional & Higher Education at Goldsmiths.

Full concert details:

Date and time: Saturday 14 December at 16:30.

Venue: Room 167, Richard Hoggart Building, Goldsmiths, University of London

Entrance is free.

Programme:

JENNIFER WALSHE (b. 1974)
becher (2008)

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756–1791)
Sonata in D major, K. 311/284c
1. Allegro con spirito
2. Andantino con espressione
3. Rondeau: Allegro

NICOLA LEFANU (b. 1947)
Eight Studies (2012) WORLD PREMIERE

INTERVAL

JOSEPH HAYDN (1732–1809)
Sonata in A major, Hob. XVI:26
1. Allegro moderato
2. Menuet al rovescio – Trio – Menuet da capo
3. Finale: Presto

TIM WATTS (b. 1979)
Odd Sympathies

COLIN RILEY (b. 1963)
weave

CECILIA MCDOWALL (b. 1951)
Haydn Seek

CHERYL FRANCES-HOAD (b. 1980)
Stolen Rhythm

MICHAEL ZEV GORDON (b. 1963)
Innocente

JEREMY THURLOW (b. 1967)
Butterfly

JOSEPH HAYDN
Andante con variazioni, Hob. XVII:6

Forthcoming performance in Festival Radio France Montpellier

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During June 2013, Matthew Schellhorn will perform in the Festival Radio France Montpellier.

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He will partner UK-based Kazakh violinist, Aisha Orazbayeva, in a performance of Beethoven’s Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96, Schoenberg’s Fantaisie, Op. 47, and Debussy’s Sonata in G minor.

The concert will be recorded for future broadcast on Radio France.

For full programme details and tickets click here.

Talk at London International Piano Symposium now online

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Matthew Schellhorn’s successful talk at the London International Piano Symposium is now online.

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Many of Olivier Messiaen’s works testify to the fascination the composer had with temporal aspects of music – titles allude to such concepts as ‘eternity’, ‘immortality’, and indeed ‘the end of Time’. This paper examines the role of time in Messiaen’s great piano cycle Catalogue d’oiseaux (Bird Catalogue) (1956–8), exploring how narratives are articulated through a sense of the passage of time. Specific chronologies within the music are identified, along with their function as ‘harnesses’ of the form and of the expressive power of the performance. The paper was illustrated with live performance excerpts from the one-movement masterpiece La Fauvette des jardins (Garden Warbler) (1971).

The paper examines the intended psychological effects of the passage of time in Messiaen’s piano music, discussing further the role of interpretative decisions in enhancing (or lessening) the composer’s aims and the music’s ‘goals’. At the same time, the paper discusses the vast impact had on the composer by his wife and main interpreter, Yvonne Loriod, drawing upon key recordings and documentary evidence.

In this way, the presentation addresses three key main areas by the first London International Piano Symposium, which invited submissions presenting original research on subjects surrounding evidence-based directives to enhance modern piano performance practice, psychology and research into inspirational performers and teachers past and present.

To read the talk click here.

Pioneers of Electronic Music Festival

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Matthew Schellhorn will perform at XOYO tonight in a performance as part of Nonclassicals's "Pioneers of Electronic Music" festival.

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The evening begins at 8pm with a programme including Jolivet's Hymne à Saint-André and a new version of Messiaen's Oraison for ondes Martenot and 3 synthesisers. Guests will also perform Varèse's Poème Electronique (with original film by Le Corbusier).

Tickets available: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/208839.