Free Lunchtime Violin Recital – Jacqueline Wedderburn-Maxwell
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance Series
Khachaturian – Violin Sonata in G minor op 1
Wieniawski – Variations on an Original Theme in A op 15
Khachaturian – Sabre Dance
Jacqueline Wedderburn-Maxwell Violin
Lachezar Stankov Piano
Born on 5 April 1993, Jacqueline Wedderburn-Maxwell made her debut with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 9. Aged 10, she was awarded a full scholarship to study in England at The Yehudi Menuhin School for musically gifted children, under Natalia Boyarsky. On returning to South Africa in 2006, she resumed her studies with Professor Jack de Wet. In 2009, at age 16, she began her BMus (Hons) Performance Degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. Jacqueline is studying with Pieter Schoeman, Leader of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Currently in her fourth year, she will complete her degree in July 2013.
Jacqueline won a medal in the strings category of the ATKV National MUZIQ Competition, 2008, as well the gold medal at the Artscape National Youth Music Competition in the same year. She also clinched the prize for the Best Concerto performed with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra in the final round. In 2009, she was awarded second prize in the Vodacom UNISA National Strings Competition, as well as the prize for the best performance of a work by a South African composer, a significant achievement as the youngest participant in the competition. The following year, she received the award for the Most Promising Participant at the UNISA International Violin and Cello Competition.
Jacqueline has performed with all the major Symphony Orchestras in South Africa and has performed with the Trinity Laban Conservatoire Repertoire Orchestra in London.
As a soloist, Jacqueline has toured around South Africa with the Last Night of the Proms series. She has performed around England as well. She has had numerous television appearances, and has given many concerts for charities and foundations, such as the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, Lifeline and the Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra’s Investment Project.
Lachezar Stankov was born in Varna (Bulgaria). He started to learn piano at the age of nine. He showed a very rapid progress and one year later he was accepted at the Dobri Hristov College of Music and Arts, where he completed his high school education with specialist music curriculum.
He is a winner of many national and international prizes and awards. He won the Second Prize in the National Competition Dimitar Nenov in Bulgaria (1999), Third Prize in the International Competition Pro Arte in Bucharest, Romania (2000), the Grand Prix of the Competition for Czech and Slovak Music in Prague (2003) and also the Presto National Scholarship Award (2002).
Lachezar made his concert debut at the age of twelve in Holland, where he played in Utrecht and at the RAI Centre in Amsterdam. Since then he has played in many venues in Bulgaria, Europe and UK, including the Varna Festival Hall and the Bulgarian Embassy Hall in Prague and London and also, participated at the Varna Summer International Music Festival.
At sixteen years old he was selected to participate in a series of concerts with the Varna Philharmonic Orchestra, and performed the Grieg piano concerto No.1, to critical acclaim. This led to an invitation the following year to perform Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, with the Varna and the Shumen Philharmonic Orchestras.
In 2005 Lachezar was awarded the ABRSM Full Scholarship for overseas students, to study at the Royal College of Music with Professor Andrew Ball. He has played many solo and chamber music recitals in the UK and abroad and recently performed Rachmaninov’s “Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini”, with the North London Symphony Orchestra and as a soloist at London’s Cadogan Hall and at Kings Place with the renowned Chilingirian Quartet.
In 2009 Lachezar was a finalist of the Concerto competition in the Royal College of Music. He is currently obtaining Masters of Music in Performance in Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music with Professor Hilary Coates as an Alfred Kitchin Scholar.