Victoria Simonsen and Viv McLean at the LSE on Thursday 8th December

Victoria Simonsen and Viv McLean at the LSE on Thursday 8th December

Victoria Simonsen and Viv McLean perform the final concert in Music@LSE’s (London School of Economics) Michaelmas term on Thursday 8 December in the Shaw Library. The Shaw Library has a wonderful atmosphere, an outstanding Steinway piano and allows the audiences to hear chamber music in the sort of space for which the composer wrote the pieces. Music@LSE is proud to be able to offer this series of concerts, featuring an impressively international spectrum of musicians, for free.

Described by The Strad as “a musician of rare quality”, London-based cellist Victoria Simonsen grew up in New Zealand where she won the NZ Young Musician of the Year. She a came to England in 2002 to continue her studies at the RNCM and graduated in 2006 with the Gold Medal. A passionate chamber musician, Victoria is a member of the Rautio Piano Trio and their first CD together is due for release in 2017 on Resonus Classics. In 2016 Victoria performed in the BBC Proms Chamber Music series in London and has appeared as Guest Principal with many of the UK’s major orchestras. Since 2008 she has held a position with the renowned Philharmonia Orchestra and combines its busy schedule with her own varied musical life which includes film and TV recording sessions and solo performances.

Victoria is joined by pianist Viv McLean, First Prize winner at the 2002 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona. Viv has performed in all the major UK venues and throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA. He has performed concertos with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, National Musicians Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Viva and the Scottish Concert Orchestra, working with conductors including Wayne Marshall, Christopher Warren-Green, Owain Arwell Hughes, Carl Davis and Marvin Hamlisch. Viv has recorded for Sony Classical Japan, Naxos and the RPO label, and has recorded regularly for BBC Radio 3 and for radio in Germany, France, Australia, Norway and Poland.

Their programme will be:

Vivaldi Sonata in B-flat major RV 46
Ginastera Pampeana No.2 for cello and piano Op.21
Franck Sonata in A major for cello and piano (1886)

Further details here.

Thursday 8 December at 1.05pm
Shaw Library, 6th floor, Old Building
Houghton St, London WC2A 2AE