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Free Lunchtime Concert: Christopher Quiad (Violin) and Adam Heron (Piano)

Tuesday 17 September 2019

12:00 am - 1:45 pm

Part of the Embassy and Cultural Institute Series
Representing the Embassy of Ireland

Programme

Mozart – Sonata for Piano and Violin in G
Brahms – Sonata for Violin and Piano No 1 in G

Christopher Quiad Violin
Adam Heron Piano

Performers

Violinist Christopher Quaid is a Masters graduate of the Royal College of Music where he studied with Jan Repko. He previously graduated from the BA in Performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin with First Class Honours.

A deeply committed orchestral musician, he has performed extensively with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and RTÉ Concert Orchestra. He has also performed with Camerata Ireland and alongside members of the Irish Chamber Orchestra. May 2017 saw him participate in the Chipping Campden Festival Academy Orchestra and perform alongside Paul Lewis, Roderick Williams and Nicola Benedetti. Christopher has also received awards for chamber music, including the Leo Gibney prize at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the Elsner Memorial Cup at the Electric Ireland Feis Ceoil for his performance of Beethoven Sonata No. 8 with pianist Teodor Radu. He has participated in masterclasses with Julian Rachlin, Ray Chen, Ilya Grubert and Mauricio Fuks.

Christopher made his concerto debut with a performance of Wieniawski Concerto No. 2 at the National Concert Hall in Dublin in May 2016. In November 2016, Christopher was awarded the prestigious Irish Heritage Bursary which assists his studies in London and will aid the development of his professional career. He gave his bursary winner’s recital in Leighton House Museum in June 2017 and has performed on behalf of Irish Heritage at the Irish Embassy in London, The Ireland Funds St. Patrick’s Day concert in London and Iveagh House in Dublin. In August 2018, he was a participant on the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme and performed under the baton of Marin Alsop.

Since having won The Irish Heritage Music Award, following a lauded performance at London’s Wigmore Hall, Adam Heron has established himself as one of today’s leading young pianists. He appeared on BBC Four Television as a Keyboard Category Finalist in BBC Young Musician 2018. Subsequently he was invited to return to the BBC for a live performance on Radio 3 In Tune, in addition to receiving a recording contract from the Spanish record label, KNS Classical.

Born in Hong Kong in 1999 of Nigerian-Filipino descent, Adam was a chorister at Gloucester Cathedral Choir, under the directorship of the English conductor Adrian Partington. Later he was awarded a full scholarship, courtesy of the UK Government’s Music and Dance Scheme, to study with Hilary Coates at Wells Cathedral School, a specialist music school. Whilst a student at Wells he unanimously won First Prize at the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe’s prestigious Junior Intercollegiate Beethoven Competition, and gained the titles of Gloucestershire Young Musician 2016 and Taunton Young Musician 2016. He is a laureate of The Young Pianist of the North International Piano Competition in Newcastle, and most recently he won First Prize, at The International Piano Competition HRH Princess Lalla Meryem, which was held in Rabat, Morocco.

Adam Heron frequently performs as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician both in the UK and abroad. Within the UK, he has performed at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, and has given recitals at many high-profile music festivals, such as The Ryedale Festival, The Cheltenham Music Festival, and The Carducci Festival. He was invited to return to The Cheltenham Music Festival in 2017 for a concerto performance with the renowned Chineke! Orchestra, which was founded by Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE.

In addition to classical music, Adam has a career which has lead him to perform for popular contemporary figures such as Bryan Adams and Stormzy. He is an active composer and conductor in his own right, and during 2019 he will conduct his own ensemble in a series of concerts which will feature the complete Symphonies by William Boyce and the piano concertos of Mozart.

Adam has received masterclasses from many eminent pianists, including Stephen Hough, Anne Queffélec, John Lill, and Imogen Cooper. Currently, he studies with Professor Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy in London, where he holds a full-fees scholarship.

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