And it is another prodigiously talented, up-and-coming young musician, the 17-year-old American Thomas Nickell, who is to be the soloist in a work that is in some ways economical – it is scored for only piano and strings – and in some ways lushly flamboyant: one movement is based on a tango, a dance that is woven through several of Matthews's compositions.
Nickell, who lives in New York, where he has already appeared several times at Carnegie Hall, has been described as "the American Mozart" in the Spanish press – he has appeared all over Europe, but is making his UK debut at this concert. The compliment is a reference to his dual talent for performing and composition, and at some dates on his UK debut tour he will be playing his own compositions.
At the Kings Place concert, the Orchestra of the Swan, directed by David Curtis, will also play two pieces from the film score to Henry V by Walton, Britten's Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, and the Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor. The orchestra is rejoined by Thomas Nickell in Bach's Concerto in D minor. This young pianist is clearly one to watch.
|What||Orchestra of the Swan, Kings Place|
|Where||Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG | MAP|
|Nearest tube||King's Cross St. Pancras (underground)|
On 16 Jul 16, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
|Price||£9.50 - £29.50|