FREE Lunchtime Concert: Alexander McFarlane (Viola) and Hélène Favre-Bulle (Piano)
Representing the Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Brahms – Sonata in E flat Major Op 120 No 2
Prokofiev arr. Vadim Borisovsky – Selected Pieces from Romeo and Juliet for Viola and Piano
Brahms arr. Watson Forbes – Sonatensatz (Scherzo) in C minor
Alexander McFarlane Viola
Winner of the Max and Peggy Morgan prize for Viola
Hélène Favre-Bulle Piano
Alexander McFarlane is currently studying towards a Master of Music degree with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he is the Leo Birnbaum Scholar and the Makers of Playing Cards Scholar. As a soloist, Alex has performed much of the viola concerto repertoire with orchestras including the King’s College London Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Youth Orchestra, the Nelson Symphony Orchestra and St Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra, with works including the Bartok Viola Concerto, the Walton Viola Concerto, Hindemith’s Der Schwanendreher and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. In September 2015 he reached the final of the International Brahms Competition in Austria. Alex is also an experienced orchestral player, having performed with both of New Zealand’s professional orchestras, the NZSO and the APO, and as Principal Viola with a number of other orchestras including the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of New Zealand. Alex is grateful for support from the Deena Shypitka Music Awards, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Stephen Bell Charitable Trust and the English Speaking Union.
French-Swiss pianist Hélène Favre-Bulle studied solo piano performance at the Geneva University of Music and piano accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, being generously supported by the Guildhall Trust, the Nicati-de-Luze foundation, the Leverhulme Trust and the Worshipful Company of Grocers. Hélène won the 2013 Francois Dumont Award in Geneva, the 2015 Guildhall Piano Accompaniment Prize and she is currently a Guildhall Artist Fellow. Hélène has taken part in many masterclasses and festivals, both as a solo and collaborative pianist. She played for Henri Demarquette’s classes at the Annecy Classic Festival, Jacques Zoon at the Geneva Laboratoire Musical and Robin Bowman at Jackdaws Music Education Trust. Hélène has performed in many high-profile events with the Guildhall School, including a recital in St James Piccadilly, masterclasses at the Wigmore Hall, a pre-LSO platform at the Barbican Hall and a Song Guild Concert in Milton Court directed by Graham Johnson. She was also invited by the UK Friends of the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Foundation to follow a course with Peter Schreier in Leipzig, concluding on a final performance at the Gewandhaus.