Maria Włoszczowska & Bengt Forsberg
Maria Włoszczowska (violin)
Bengt Forsberg (piano)
1:00pm, £10, Free for 25 and Under thanks to support from Cavatina Chamber Music Trust
Walton Sonata for Violin and Piano
A selection of French Miniatures
Concert duration 50 minutes
Polish violinist Maria Włoszczowska performs as a soloist, chamber musician and guest concertmaster worldwide. She is recognised for her versatile musicianship, having won the First Prize and Audience Prize at the XXI Leipzig International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in 2018, as well as numerous prizes at the XV International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition.
The 2020/21 season sees projects leading the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, violin concertos by Sibelius and Bruch, solo Bach recitals across the UK as well as performances at international chamber music festivals including Musikdorf Ernen in Switzerland, IMS Prussia Cove, Festival Resonances in Belgium, Lewes Chamber Music Festival, Budleigh Festival, The Enghien International Musical Encounters, New Paths Festival in Yorkshire.
Maria gave her debut recital at the Wigmore Hall with pianist Alasdair Beatson in 2016. She has appeared as soloist with international ensembles since, including the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava, Concerto Budapest and several of Poland’s symphonic and chamber orchestras. She is a recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society Emily Anderson Prize.
The intelligence and warmth with which the pianist Bengt Forsberg approaches music is clear, no matter what he does. Bengt makes the undertones of music truly vibrate. As a soloist and chamber musician, he eagerly tracks down wonderful music that the less spry hands of music history have overlooked.
Bengt was born in Edsleskog in 1952. He first sought to train as an organist, but later changed to piano. After continuing his piano studies in Copenhagen and London, he embarked upon a career as a concert pianist, with his repertoire frequently including such relatively unknown and challenging composers as Charles Alkan and Kaikhosru Sorabji. For many years Bengt has been Anne Sofie von Otter’s loyal musical companion in an extensive series of notable recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, for example. The acclaimed album Neglected works for piano presents a wide range of works by composers who have undeservedly remained unheard, including Amy Beach, Vítĕzslava Kaprálová, Ruth Sofia Almén, and Grażyna Bacewicz.