Mozart by Candlelight
Mozart – Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Bach – Air ‘on the G string’
Mozart – Concerto for Flute and Harp
Mozart – Symphony No 29 in A
Locrian Ensemble of London
Rimma Sushanskaya Conductor
Jean Kelly Harp
Fiona Kelly Flute
The Locrian Ensemble was formed in 1995 are considered one of the most dynamic groups working in the field of British classical music today. Bringing together some of the most prominent string soloists in London the ensemble has established an enviable reputation for its recordings, broadcasts and live performances. The group frequently expands, and this provides a vehicle for concerto playing for the group’s key members.
The Locrian have recorded works for BBC Radio 3 and Classic fm, and released compact discs on the ASV label (Mozart and Schubert Quintets), the Bracken label (Classics by Candlelight), the Guild label (Beethoven Symphonies arranged by Simrock for String Quintet) and on the Dutton Laboratories Epoch label (Rebecca Clarke, Arthur Benjamin and Richard Arnell, the last of these dics being “Editor’s Choice”).
The Locrian Ensemble are frequently heard on television and on film. Recent recordings include the score for Oscar Wilde’s Fairy Stories in Dublin, as well as playing the score to the film of “Wilde”, starring Stephen Fry. They have also notably supplied the music for popular televison series such as “My Uncle Silas”, “Stig of the Dump”, “Animal Hospital” and “Judge John Deed”. They are the resident musical group at the Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich, and from here they travel to all parts of the country, making them the busiest chamber music group working in Britain today.
Born in St Petersburg, the internationally-acclaimed violinist Rimma Sushanskaya was the last pupil of the great David Oistrakh, with whom she studied at Moscow Conservatoire, and under whose tutelage she won many prestigious prizes and awards. Upon leaving the Soviet Union she rapidly established a glowing reputation in the West; the Washington Post, for example, described her as “one of the greatest violinists alive today,” and commented on her “extraordinary intensity and brilliant virtuosity.”
Rimma Sushanskaya has embarked on a successful career in conducting. During recent years, she has performed as a conductor in concert halls in an ever growing list of countries including Germany, Russia, Israel, Romania, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.
In 2007 Rimma was presented with the Order of Catherine the Great of Russia, awarded by the National Committee of Russian Federation of Social Awards for achievements in music and improvement of friendship and partnership between Russia and Great Britain
She has been enjoying successful performances and re-engagements in prestigious venues such as the Gewandhaus, Leipzig, Germany, Philharmonic Hall and Konzerthaus Berlin, Germany and the Philharmonic Hall, Kharkov, Ukraine.