Roger Garland (violin)
Michael Finnissy (piano)
Prokofiev and Grieg
Saturday 25th May 2019, 7.30pm, St Botolph Church, Trunch
Violin Sonata No.3 in C minor Op.45 Edvard Grieg
Seterjentens fridag Michael Finnissy
Violin Sonata No.1 in F minor Op.80 Sergei Prokofiev
Roger Garland studied the violin with Manoug Parikian whilst reading Music at Cambridge. In 1969, he joined the English Chamber Orchestra, combining this with recital and solo work throughout the country. In 1973, he joined the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields with whom he has made many solo appearances and broadcasts in Europe, North America and Australia. He has also appeared as soloist in broadcasts for the Chichester Festival and the Flanders Festival. He has broadcast solo recitals and chamber music on the BBC and is a keen champion of 20th century music, his latest CD being of the Trio by Michael Finnissy on Et Cetera Records with the Gagliano Trio. He also leads the Guarnerius String Quintet.
Michael Finnissy is an English composer and pianist known for his imaginative, eclectic style. Finnissy debuted in Europe in 1969 at the Amsterdam-based Gaudeamus Music Week. He began teaching composition at the Dartington Summer School in the mid-’70s and thereafter taught mainly at London’s Royal Academy of Music, Winchester College, University of Sussex, Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven in Belgium, and from 1999 he has served as professor of composition at Southampton University.
From 1990-1996 Finnissy was president of the International Society for Contemporary Music. Among his works is the massive 2007-2008 stage work Mankind, for vocal soloists, several choruses, chamber ensemble, piano, organ, and ripieno children’s orchestra. Michael Finnissy was awarded two British Composer Awards in 2015. His choral work John the Baptist won the Liturgical award, and his piano cycle, Beat Generation Ballads won in the Solo/Duo category.