Wojciech Kosma's "First Piano Sonata" performed by Matthew Schellhorn

Challenging, complex and unpredictable music performed by one of Britain’s most exciting young pianists.


11 November 2011, 7.30pm
Deptford Town Hall
New Cross Road,
London  SE14 6AF

Wojciech Kosma was born in 1981 in Poland and is currently a Music Composition PhD student at the Goldsmiths University in London. His work had been performed worldwide, including recently in "Based in Berlin", KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin, New Museum, New York, Boutique Monaco, Seoul, and the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw.

Kosma composed his "First Piano Sonata" by following a random system of selection from a complete catalogue of piano's chords and their rhythmic and dynamic properties. The work is notated using an unorthodox continuous form (using no bars), irrespective of the technical difficulties it might create in reading or performing the score. As the result the music is challenging, complex and unpredictable. The piece is a part of a larger compositional project, which will present further instances of Kosma's method.

Selected as a “Talent to Watch” for 2007 by BBC Music Magazine, and described as “a rising star” (BBC Radio 3) and “one of Britain’s most exciting young pianists” (Classic FM), Matthew Schellhorn has a growing international career. Born in Yorkshire in 1977, Schellhorn studied at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester and the University of Cambridge with David Hartigan, Maria Curcio, Ryszard Bakst and Peter Hill, and later in Paris with Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen. He has given performances in many major venues throughout the UK, including Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room (Southbank Centre) and St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, West Road Concert Hall and the Corn Exchange in Cambridge and the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building in Oxford. He has performed live numerous times on BBC Radio 3, and in 2005 he was featured on Classic FM’s The Guest List.

Schellhorn is a prominent performer of new music, with several works written for, or dedicated to, him, including "The Will of the Tones" by Jeremy Thurlow, "Two Scherzos" by Tim Watts, "Berimbau" by David Bruce, and "Stations" by Ian Wilson. During 2010, he collaborated with the award-winning Ossian Ensemble in appearances at the Sounds New Festival in Canterbury and the newly established Kew Music Festival.His performances of the music of Olivier Messiaen have been met with superlative critical approval. His acclaimed solo recital at London’s Southbank Centre in 2006 confirmed his status as the pre-eminent Messiaen interpreter of his generation in Britain. Following his performances at the age of twenty of Vingt regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus in Cambridge, he was invited in 2002 to perform at the Messiaen International Conference, where Christopher Dingle of BBC Music Magazine described one solo recital as “a cherished memory for those privileged enough to experience it”.

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