Part of Vale of Glamorgan Festival’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
A programme of music by Graham Fitkin, played by the composer, including Resistances, Running and Breathing, and two world premieres for prepared piano
The initial presentation of Graham Fitkin’s music at the Festival in the early 1990’s was often characterized by pieces for the uniform sonorities of the piano, solo pieces and multi-piano – especially six piano – pieces. This conscious artistic choice strongly influenced his early output. Over time, his work was increasingly sought after and this in turn fueled a move to an increasingly broad range of instrumental combinations.
Throughout his artistic career to date, however, the piano has remained an important source of inspiration, sometimes eliciting a range of more thoughtful, darker-hued works than the bright lively pieces he is traditionally associated with. Having the composer perform them gives us a special insight into them and there is also no more fitting way to celebrate the finale of the 50th anniversary Festival than with the fascinating range of work on offer tonight from a composer whose long connection with the Festival we value so highly.
Graham Fitkin (born 19 April 1963) is a pianist, conductor, and one of the UK’s leading composers. His compositions fall broadly into the minimalist and postminimalist genres. He is particularly known for his works for solo and multiple pianos, as well as for music accompanying dance. He has been commissioned by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Halle, BBC Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Orchestra of Wales, New York City Ballet, BBC Symphony Orchestra and many more. His Cello Concerto was premiered at the BBC Proms by cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 2011. Fitkin’s Recorder Concerto, which was premiered at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival in 2016, has recently been shortlisted for a British Composer Award.
There will be a pre-concert talk by journalist Steph Power (Wales Arts Review, The Stage, The Independent) at 7:15pm
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