Mozart and Moonlight by Candlelight
Beethoven – ‘Moonlight’ Sonata
Bach – Air on the G String
Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Mozart – Salzburg Symphony No 2
Mozart – Piano Concerto No 12 in A
Mozart – Divertimento in D
Mozart – Church Sonata in D
Belmont Ensemble of London
Costas Fotopoulos Piano
Peter G Dyson Conductor
Costas Fotopoulos is based in London and works internationally as a concert and silent film pianist, and as a composer and arranger for film, the stage and the concert hall. He studied piano with Hamish Milne at the Royal Academy of Music, obtaining his BMus in Performance with First Class Honours and his MMus in Performance with Distinction. For the third year of his BMus Degree he studied with Oxana Yablonskaya at the Juilliard School, New York. He has given many solo and chamber performances in this country as well as in Austria, Italy, America, Australia, New Zealand, Nigeria and Greece. His acclaimed debut solo piano album was released in February 2009 under the JCL Records label, and features works by Rachmaninov as well as his own ’Toccata’. He has recorded repertoire for BBC Radio, as well as the piano solo work ’Cross hands’ for a CD of music by British composer Nicholas Sackman, released on the Metier label.
Costas regularly provides live improvisations to silent films at BFI Southbank, which have included numerous films screened at the London Film Festival, and he has also accompanied silents at other major British venues such as the Barbican Centre and Prince Charles Cinema as well as in New York, Warsaw and northern Italy. In 2007 he provided a piano improvisation to sections of the Budget Speech, aired on BBC Radio 4.
The Belmont Ensemble of London was founded by its Musical Director, Peter Dyson in 1991, winning instant critical acclaim. It is now one of the busiest and finest chamber orchestras in the capital.
The Belmont Ensemble was the pioneering force in establishing the famous series of baroque concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields in the early 1990s. They have now given over 500 concerts at the famous Trafalgar Square Church, where they are firmly established as one of the most popular of the principal orchestras, attracting large international audiences to their regular concerts. A seasoned fixture on the London musical scene, the orchestra receives no subsidies or sponsorship, relying purely on enterprising programming and box office receipts.
The orchestra has also performed regularly at London’s Southbank Centre and at numerous Festivals and Music Societies around the country, from Somerset to Sussex and Ludlow to Northampton.
Belmont have broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, Channel 4 and Five Television and have recorded an eclectic range of CDs from Vivaldi and Mozart to Bach and Walton.