FREE Lunchtime Concert: Max Welford (Clarinet) and Katherine Tinker (Piano)
Schumann — Three Romances Op 94
Johannes Brahms — Clarinet Sonata in F Minor Op 120 No 1
Claude Messiaen — Vocalise-Etüde
Max Welford Clarinet
Katherine Tinker Piano
Max Welford graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2012. He has performed in the UK, Europe, the USA and Asia, and is a Park Lane Group Young Artist and a Concordia Foundation Artist.
Recent solo performances include recitals at the Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, St. James’ Piccadilly, and the National Portrait Gallery; Benjamin Britten’s Clarinet Concerto (completed by Colin Matthews), Steve Reich’s “New York Counterpoint” for clarinet and tape at St. John’s Smith Square, and solo sets of Bach, Stravinsky, Widmann and Berio for the Nonclassical label. He will make his St. Martin-in-the-Fields solo debut in 2017. Chamber Music partners have included singers Nicky Spence, Caroline Macphie and Joanna Skillett, ensembles such as the London Chamber Collective, the Ruisi, Artesian and Castalian String Quartets, and the late Jacob Barnes, with whom he won the RAM’s piano chamber music prize performing Brahms’ clarinet trio.
Max collaborates with a number of contemporary ensembles which have recently included CHROMA, the London Contemporary Orchestra, the Uroboros Ensemble, Trish Clowes’ jazz/contemporary ensemble the Emulsion Sinfonietta (featuring saxophonist Ian Ballamy), and the Riot Ensemble. He has worked with composers including Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Mark Anthony Turnage and Colin Matthews, and has given world premieres at the Royal Opera House, King’s Place, Glyndebourne, on BBC Radio 3, at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore and at the Pyramidale Festival in Berlin.
Max can also be heard on recordings with the English Session Orchestra, Katie Melua, Imogen Heap, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd and Rick Wakeman. He has held chairs on the UK tours of “The Sound of Music” and “Chicago”, and is currently playing the clarinet in the West End production of “Half a Sixpence”.
Max has been taught by Andrew Marriner, Mark van de Wiel, Angela Malsbury and Elizabeth Drew, and more recently in Berlin by Wenzel Fuchs of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He studied at the Junior Royal Academy of Music before accepting a scholarship to continue his studies as an undergraduate in 2008, receiving further training as a student on both the LSO and London Sinfonietta Academies.
Katherine Tinker is a pianist residing in London, and is a Park Lane Group Young Artist. She has performed at venues including the Wigmore Hall, the Lindbury Studio Theatre Covent Garden, and at the Kings Place Festival. Her debut duo recital at the Purcell Room with clarinettist Max Welford was described as “excellent…oozing class” (The Guardian), and as having “real dynamism and cohesion, a sense of conversation” (The Times). She was invited to play the music of Graham Fitkin for a BBC Proms Plus event which was also broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and will be premiering a new work by RPS award winning composer Philip Dawson later this year. This season she will be making her debut solo recording, touring with London Contemporary Orchestra soloists and Jonny Greenwood to Russia and Hungary, record with the London Symphony Orchestra and LSO Live as orchestral pianist, and play in a new opera with English Touring Opera. She will also perform Morton Feldman’s last work: Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano.
Katherine enjoys playing contemporary music and has most recently given world premieres of works by Martin Butler, Shiva Feshareki, Laura Harrison, and the UK premiere of “Fast” by Jonny Greenwood. She is the founder and Artistic Director of the Harrison Ensemble, winners of Help Musicians UK “Emerging Excellence,” and has performed with them at venues including the Roundhouse Camden, and the Space Dartington with Animate Dance and Megan Saunders Dance.
Katherine studied music at Christ Church, Oxford, where she was awarded a Joan Conway instrumental scholarship. On graduating, she studied for a Masters degree in piano performance at the Royal College of Music, under teachers Niel Immelman and Andrew Ball. Her early piano studies were with Ronald Smith, Yonty Solomon and Ian Jones.