Eine kleine Nachtmusik by Candlelight
Handel – Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Purcell – Chaconne
Mozart – Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Bach – Piano Concerto in E
Mozart – Piano Concerto in A
Katarzyna Borowiak Piano
Dietrich Bethge Conductor
Founded by cellist Dietrich Bethge in 1988 from London’s leading musicians, London Octave aims to approach the baroque and classical repertoire in a fresh and energetic manner, often without a conductor.
Through their regular London season at St Martin-in-the-Fields, the South Bank and on BBC Radio 3, London Octave has attracted a loyal following of concert goers who appreciate their vitality and virtuosity. This, coupled with their programmes based on major and accessible works, has established them as one of the leading chamber orchestras in Britain. The members, many of whom have distinguished individual careers, frequently take turns as soloists and leading musicians are often invited to work with the ensemble. During recent seasons, artists include John Lill, Nick van Bloss, William Bennett, Crispian Steele Perkins, Lorraine McAslan, Yvgeny Sudbin, James Bowman, The Tallis Chamber Choir.
Recently London Octave has taken part in CD recordings with James Bowman (counter-tenor) and given a concert Istanbul’s Is-Sanat Hall with William Bennett (flute).
London Octave’s CD, Better Baroque, featuring well known baroque masterpieces received great acclaim, being described as, “an absolute gem full of sparkle and wit” in Metro. Time Out commented, “Forget the routine baroque, this is better baroque”. Dutton recently released a new CD by London Octave (conductor Kypros Markou) featuring works by the early 20th century American composers A.Foote and V.Herbert.
Katarzyna Borowiak studied piano with Bronisława Kawalla and Jan Ekier at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland and James Gibb at the Guildhall School. She furthered her performing skills with Bernard Ringeissen and Richard Goode. She won major scholarships from the Chopin Society, Myra Hess Trust and the British Council, and in 1987 was awarded the Premier Prix at the Guildhall School. She has performed throughout Poland for the Warsaw Philharmonic, Warsaw Music Society and Fryderyk Chopin and Karol Szymanowski societies, and throughout the UK and Ireland, both as a soloist and chamber musician. Between 1987 and 1991 she took part in Sir Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now! concert series.
Katarzyna has been professor of piano at Junior Guildhall since 1992, and was a Guildhall (later Trinity Guildhall) examiner between 1999 and 2008. She has performed, lectured and taught on numerous courses and seminars throughout the UK and worldwide.