(Great Hall Aberystwyth Arts Centre)
Guy Johnston (cello) Tom Poster (piano) Magnus Johnston (violin)
J S Bach Sonata No. 1 in G major, for viol da gamba, BWV 1027
Schumann (arr. Kirchner) Six Etudes in Canonic Form for piano trio, Op. 56
Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66
MusicFest is delighted to welcome Guy Johnston for the first time in three years. Guy Johnston is one of the most exciting and versatile British cellists of his generation. His early successes include BBC Young Musician of the Year, the Guilhemina Suggia Gift, the Shell London Symphony Orchestra Gerald MacDonald Award and receiving a Classical Brit Award at the Royal Albert Hall. Recent season’s highlights include the Walton Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic and RTÉ National Symphony Orchestras conducted by John Wilson, the Elgar Concerto with Sir Roger Norrington, Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Elgar with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the late Sir John Tavener’s ‘The Protecting Veil’ with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, performances in Japan with the NHK Symphony Orchestra. Future plans include the first performance of the Howells Cello Concerto at the Cheltenham Festival, a new cello concerto for the Proms 2016 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sakari Oramo and a new recital CD.
Magnus Johnston began his musical education as a chorister of the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, with which he toured all over the world. He won a scholarship to Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester where he studied with professor Wen Zhou Li, and then gained a scholarship to the RNCM where he studied with Dr Christopher Rowland. Magnus was a founding member of the Johnston Quartet (now the Elias Quartet) with which he played for five years; he led the quartet in performances across the UK, most notably in the 2001 Schubertfest where the quartet were joined by Ralph Kirshbaum to perform Schubert’s String Quintet. Magnus also led the quartet to win second prize in the London String Quartet Competition, where they won the special prize for their performance of Dutilleux’s Ainsi La Nuit. Magnus is the founder and leader of the Aronowitz Ensemble.