FREE Lunchtime Concert: The Forna Duo: Ioana Forna (Violin) Francis Gallagher (Viola)
The performers and programme for this lunchtime concert have been changed due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Robert Fuchs—12 Duets Op 60
Mozart—Duet in G
Johan Halvorsen—’Passacaglia’, 1893
The Forna Duo
Ioana Forna Violin
Francis Gallagher Viola
Romanian violinist Ioana Forna was taught the violin from the age of seven by her mother, and continued her studies at the Sigismund Toduţă School of Music in Cluj. Following her dream, Ioana came to London to study at the Royal College of Music, graduating with a first class bachelor’s degree.
Ioana’s training and collaborations have allowed her to work with internationally acclaimed artists including the Belcea String Quartet, the Vogler Quartet, Fine Arts Quartet and Levon Chilingirian and most recently, Ioana participated in the Sacconi Festival led by the Sacconi Quartet.
Ioana’s performances as a solo and chamber musician have taken her to venues such as St Martin-in-the-Fields, Cadogan Hall, Kings Place and the Royal Festival Hall. As an orchestral musician, Ioana has performed in festivals across the world, including the Castleton Festival (USA) under maestro Lorin Maazel and the Chipping Campden Festival Orchestra. She is also currently on trial with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and London Philharmonic Orchestra
Francis Gallagher grew up in North London and began learning the violin at the age of six. He won first prizes in both the Max and Peggy Morgan Viola Competition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2014 and the Cecil Aronowitz Viola Competition at the Royal College of Music in 2013.
As an orchestral musician, Francis has worked with conductors including Leif Segerstam, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Antonio Pappano and Sir Simon Rattle, and has performed as a guest with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia.
A sought after ensemble player, Francis has performed at venues ranging from St Martin-in-the-Fields to Pizza Express London Jazz Club and collaborates with musicians from different styles.
A passionate advocate of music education Francis spends much of his time teaching in both group and one-to-one lessons for children of all ages, hoping to give back what many gave to him as a child.