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Lunchtime Concert at the Catherdral
A free 45-minute concert taking place especially as part of the Fringe Festival. Tea and coffee served from 11.30am.
Haydn’s trio in F# minor
Brahms Trio No. 1 mvts 1+4.
Tempra Trio (Violetta Suvini, Luke Lally Maguire, Gabriel Francis-Dehqani)
Violetta Suvini - violin
Violetta Suvini studied French and Italian at the University of Oxford, graduating in 2021 with First Class Honours. During her studies, she was the recipient of the Marjorie Countess of Warwick Prize and the Mrs Claude Beddington Prize for the highest marks in her University class, and in her final year won the Junior Paget Toynbee Prize for performance in Medieval French Literature. Whilst at university, she was the leader of the Oxford University Orchestra, the leader of Oxford Alternative Orchestra, and a frequent performer at the Jacqueline Du Pré Building at St Hilda’s College, where she premiered new works by composers such as Nicola Lefanu. Performing since her studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School between 2007-2010, Violetta has played in chamber ensembles and orchestras in venues such as the Houses of Parliament, The Royal Albert Hall, The Barbican Hall, Cadogan Hall, The Sheldonian Theatre, St Petersburg Philharmonia, and Oxford Chamber Music Festival. Violetta is now in her first year of an Artist Masters in Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studies with Stephanie Gonley and holds the Yfrah Neaman Memorial Scholarship. Since beginning her Postgraduate, Violetta has enjoyed playing with the London Mozart Players, The English National Ballet Philharmonic, and leading projects such as UBU Ensemble’s Frank Zappa
‘Total Immersion’ for BBC Radio 3.
Luke Lally Maguire - piano
Dublin-born pianist Luke Lally Maguire is a recent graduate of TUDublin Conservatoire studying piano under Dr Mary Lennon, who graduated with First Class Honours in the Bachelor of Music degree in performance. Upon graduating, Luke was also the recipient of the Michael McNamara Award for performance excellence. In September this year, Luke commenced his postgraduate studies at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he currently studies with Carole Presland and Ronan O’Hora.
Luke has also been awarded a scholarship from the George Moore Scholars for the period 2021-23 in support of these further studies. Luke is an experienced performer both in competitions and on the concert platform, having performed extensively already in Ireland and currently enjoying performing throughout London. He was a multiple prize-winner in the 2021 Feis Ceoil, winning the Nordell Cup and the Mabel Swainson Pianoforte Award for solo playing and the Milne Cup for collaborative performance. Most recently, Luke was selected as one of seven Irish competitors to compete in the Dublin International Piano Competition, which will go ahead in May 2022. Luke is in demand as an accompanist and chamber musician, frequently performing in collaborations for recitals and concerts. He was also a member of the 2020/21 ABL Aviation Opera Studio programme led by Irish National Opera as an assistant repetiteur, where he received coaching from Richard McGrath and Brenda Hurley. In August 2021, Luke also participated in the Boyne Valley Young Artist Programme alongside soprano Eiméar Harper. They received song coaching from esteemed chamber music and art song specialists Deirdre Brenner and Irish mezzo-soprano Naomi Louisa O’Connell. Furthermore, Luke has also performed as an accompanist in masterclasses with many of Ireland’s leading opera singers, including Tara Erraught, Orla Boylan and Gavan Ring. Luke has engaged in several piano masterclasses and lessons with international artists such as Paul Lewis, Christopher Elton, Barry Douglas, Vanessa Latarche, Peter Donohoe, Leon McCawley, Hilary Coates and Therese Fahy, among others.
Gabriel Francis-Dehqani - cello
Gabriel read Music at Durham University, where he performed regularly as a soloist and chamber musician. He graduated with a first-class degree and won the Eve Myra Kisch prize for proficiency in music. During this time, Gabriel continued to develop his studies in conducting and composing; in the summer of 2021, he conducted a concert at The Sage, Gateshead, with esteemed soloist Sir Thomas Allen. Prior to Durham, Gabriel studied cello with Guy Johnston at The Royal Academy of Music and was then awarded the fully funded Andrew Lloyd Webber scholarship to Eton College, where he studied with Sue Lowe. Gabriel is also a composer, having studied with Jonathan Woolgar and participated in masterclasses with Phillip Cashian, John Woolrich and Charlotte Bray. He has written music for stage and
ensembles, including Canterbury Cathedral Choir. Gabriel has taken part in masterclasses with renowned cellists such as Julian Lloyd-Webber, Jamie Walton, Adrien Brendal, Pierre Doumange, Louise Hopkins, Oliver Coates, Anton Lukoszevieze, Guy Johnston and Rebecca Gilliver, among others. In 2021/22, he won awards from Help Musicians UK, The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, The Stephen Bell scheme and The Worshipful Company of Tobacco Pipe Makers to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with the world-renowned performer and pedagogue Louise Hopkins. He has also won a 2022/23 award from Help Musicians UK. He is extremely thankful for their financial support that has enabled him to pursue a performance postgraduate. In recent months Gabriel has led the GSMD Symphony Orchestra at The Barbican Hall as well taking part in exciting projects with Andras Kellar and Simon Wills, appearing on BBC Radio 3 for the BBC SO Total Immersion into Frank Zappa.
Gabriel plays on a 1790 Cello by John Betts.