The Rowland Kudritskaya partnership brings together two of the most exciting, adventurous and colourful artists performing today.
Since meeting at the Kuhmo Festival in 2011 the duo have played at festivals all over the world and recorded two CDs. Their first CD, Les Années Folles, was released in 2015 to great acclaim. The recording, on the Dutch label Gutman Records, presents a programme of works rooted in Paris during that most imaginative, daring period knows as ‘Les années folles’. It comprises three sonatas – including the ‘American in Paris’ by George Antheil, which was the personification of the roaring twenties – interspersed with smaller vignettes. The Rowland Kudritskaya duo’s latest CD is a recording of Enescu’s second and third Sonata and Impressions d’enfance for Champs Hill. It has again received exceptional praise from the critics, including a five star review from BBC Music Magazine.
“Daniel Rowland has a powerful, glamorous tone, gleaming at the top and throaty and rugged down at the bottom, and Natacha Kudritskaya matches him every bar of the way for passion, fantasy and precision.” Gramophone Magazine
Dutch/English Violinist Daniel Rowland’s playing has been acclaimed by The Guardian as “wonderful, ravishing in its finesse” and described as “totally and truly charismatic” by Beeld. He was born in London but moved as a child to the Netherlands village of Weerselo in Twente, Holland. Daniel studied in the Netherlands with Davina van Wely and in Brussels with Igor Oistrakh. He learned much from the legendary virtuoso and pedagogue Ivry Gitlis. Daniel has established himself on the international scene as a highly versatile, charismatic and adventurous performer. Recent solo performances include the Korngold concerto with HET Symfonieorkest (Enschede), the Vivaldi/Piazzolla Eight Seasons with both the Ulster Orchestra and the Arcos Orchestra (New York) and the Philip Glass Concerto with the Joensuu Symphony Orchestra. He has been the first violinist of the Brodsky Quartet since 2007 and in 2005 he founded the Stift Festival in Weerselo Holland, which has won acclaim as a festival of exceptional intensity and intimacy. Daniel plays the “Ex-Rode” Guarneri del Gesù violin (Cremona ca. 1736), kindly on loan from the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation.
Pianist Natacha Kudritskaya was born in Perm in the Urals. Her parents, both musicians, encouraged her to play the piano. Natacha studied in Kiev at the Lysenko School and the Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music. She was awarded the Grand Prix by the Safran Foundation for Music and won first prize at the Vibrarté International Music Competition and the Robert Casadesus Prize for her performance of French music, with which she has a great affinity. Her recording of works by Rameau in 2012 won great critical acclaim. Natacha has emerged as one of the most strikingly original pianists of her generation and in November 2014 she signed an exclusive contract with Universal Music Classics. Her first album on the Deutsche Gramophone label, ‘Nocturnes’, is now out on general release.