FREE Lunchtime Concert: Pierre Frapier (violin) and Craig White (piano)
Representing the Concordia Foundation
Ravel – Violin Sonata No 2 in G Major
Brahms – Hungarian Dances Numbers 1,4,7 and 5
Saint-Saëns – Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Laureate of the 11th Aram Khachaturian International Violin Competition, and special prize winner for the best performance of Maurice Ravel violin sonata, Pierre Frapier is rapidly establishing himself as a rising young soloist. Born in France, Pierre has been a pupil of Constantin Bogdanas, Rodika Bogdanas and Marc Danel.
A Concordia Foundation Artist, living now in the U.K, Pierre is currently pursuing his Artist Diploma at the Royal College of Music, studying with Prof. Itzhak Rashkovsky, as a “RCM foundation scholar holder”, generously supported by a Jacqueline Ward award.
Pierre has performed as a soloist with, among others, the London City Orchestra, the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia and Moscovia Chamber Orchestra conducted by Maestro Eduard Grach. International appearances in recital or as a soloist with orchestra include Opéra Comédie de Montpellier, Théatre de Nancy, France; Kuhmo Arts Center, Finland; Teatro Braluz, Italy; Piotr Stoliarsky School Audtorium, Ukraine; Tchaikovsky Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Russia; Tel-Aviv Opera House, Israel; Studzinsky Hall, US; Yerevan Opera Theater, Armenia; Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, National Musician’s Church, New North London Synagogue and St Martin’s in the Fields, UK. He plays a rare violin by the Voller Brothers, made in London in 1894.
Craig White gained a BA in Music at St Catherine’s College, Oxford in 2005, where he was Répétiteur Scholar for New Chamber Opera. Following a Postgraduate Diploma in Piano Accompaniment at the RAM, studying with Michael Dussek and Diana Ketler, he held a Junior Fellowship in Piano Accompaniment at the RCM. He is now an Associate of the RAM.
His Wigmore Hall debut was in October 2010, with oboist James Turnbull. In 2012, Craig won the accompanist prize at the centenary Kathleen Ferrier Awards, following accompanist prizes at the Thelma King Awards, Great Elm Vocal Awards and AESS Finals. In much demand as an accompanist for singers and instrumentalists, Craig spent 2015 living in Germany, working for the Köln Hochschule für Musik und Tanz.