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Margarita Balanas (cello)

Friday 21 October 2022

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Programme

Bach Suite No.1 in G Major for solo cello Prelude, Sarabande and Courante 
Cassado Suite for solo cello          
LigetiSonata for solo cello
Vasks Pianissimo from Das Buch for solo cello

Performers

Margarita Balanas Cello

Margarita Balanas has performed for dignitaries and royalty, including HRH Prince Charles, and at venues including Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Berliner Philharmonie, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Foundation Louis Vuitton, and Walt Disney Hall. She has been a soloist with The Munich Philharmonic, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, the Camerata Jerusalem Israel, Das Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, Saarbrucken Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta Riga, Orchestra of St Johns, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, and Deutsche Philharmonie Merck. Future dates include performances of Gulda Cello Concerto with the Portuguese Philharmonic Orchestra, and tours across the U.S and Europe together with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.

Latvian Grand Music Award 2022 winner, Margarita is a guest artist for Classic FM, BBC Radio 3. Recently Margarita released her debut album of Saint-Saëns’ music with Linn Records which has since been featured on Apple Music – ‘Classical You Must Hear This Month’, ‘Women in Classical Music’ and ‘The A-List Classical’. Margarita also launched her first directed short-film PIANISSIMO, screened at the ‘Peteris Vasks Festival’ in 2021.

During the pandemic, the 3 Balanas founded Balanas Classical, promoting classical music through innovative concerts and charity masterclasses for young musicians in Latvia. Margarita is also an Honorary Patron of BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation.

Margarita is also a conductor, conducting the Järvi Academy Sinfonietta and the Baltic Sea Philharmonic as part of the Pärnu Music Festival 2021 and 2022, and participated in Järvi Academy. Margarita was invited to Glover-Edwards Conducting Programme at the Royal Academy of Music from September 2022. She graduated with honours from the Royal Academy of Music where she was the recipient of the prestigious Bicentenary Scholarship, and is a City Music Foundation Artist.

Margarita plays the Charles-Adolphe Gand ‘Auguste Tolbecque’ 1849 cello generously on loan from ‘The Little Butterfly Foundation’. Saint-Saëns wrote his cello Concerto No. 1 for Tolbecque who premiered the concerto on this cello in 1873.

Dates, Times & Book

Fri 21 Oct 1:00 PM £10 Book

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