The Damira Trio
The Damira Ensemble is an exciting new ensemble of musicians with national and
international success, both as soloists and chamber musicians. Named after the eminent Swiss-Italian painter and sculptor Brunilde Damira, the members of the
Trio draw on their Russian, German and British heritages to give their performances a uniquely international flavour.
Pianist Béla Hartmann has established a reputation for lively and individual interpretations of a wide repertoire, ranging from Rameau to Jörg Widmann. Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven form the core of this extensive range, and he was both prize-winner in the International Schubert Competition, Dortmund (1997), and winner of the Beethoven Medal of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe (1995). In 2000, he was a semi-finalist at the Leeds International Piano Competition.
In 2005 Béla Hartmann performed the complete piano sonatas and dances by Schubert, in a series of eight recitals at Steinway Hall, London. He has given recitals at prestigious venues in London, across the UK and Europe, as well as in the U.S.A., where he appeared at the Carnegie Recital Hall, New York. Concerto performances include concertos by Brahms, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Dvorak, Liszt, Beethoven and Mozart. Béla Hartmann is also a keen musical essayist and has published both in print and online on areas such as performance practice and artistic identity.
Oliver Nelson MA (Mus) (Open) FRSM CCAD was born in Glasgow and began learning the violin at the age of six. He gained a music scholarship to Canford School and an exhibition to the Royal Academy of Music. During his time at the Academy, Oliver studied the violin with Xue-Wei and conducting with Denise Ham and Colin Metters. He is now in high demand as a recitalist with Andrew Ball, Vasilis Rakitzis, and Roy Stratford having recently performed at venues such as St.Martin-in-the-Fields and St James’s Piccadilly in London. As a soloist he has appeared with orchestras in this country and abroad including the Amaretti Ensemble, Dorset Chamber Orchestra, Dorking Philharmonia, Gorton Philharmonic, High Peaks Symphony Orchestra, Hertford Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Beethoven Orchestra, Unley Symphony Orchestra of Adelaide, Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra, Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra and the Winchester Symphony Orchestra. Oliver’s concerto performances have ranged from performing Bruch’s 1st Violin Concerto at both the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and Edinburgh Central Hall, the Tchaikovsky Concerto in Adelaide, Australia, and Mozart Concertos 3 and 5 with the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra in Muscat, Oman. With the latter orchestra, Oliver was invited to perform as soloist in a private performance in the palace of the Sultan of Oman.
Mikhail Lezdkan studied at the Leningrad Conservatoire and while still a student won second prize in the Belgrade International Cello Competition in 1984. After graduation he worked in the celebrated
chamber ensemble "Soloists of Saint Petersburg". In 1991 Mikhail moved to France where he led the cello section of the Lyon Opera Orchestra and became a member of a chamber music ensemble in Lille. With the violinist Vanessa Mae, Mikhail toured Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Europe in 1995 and 1996. He has performed as a soloist with various Russian orchestras, the Berlin Radio Orchestra, the Belgrade Radio Orchestra and several chamber orchestras in France and most recently played the Shostakovitch Concerto No 1 in E minor with the Southern Orchestral
Concert Society Orchestra in Petersfield, England. Mikhail played in the Contemporary Music Festival, St Petersburg in 1987, giving the first performance in Russia of Messagesquisse by Pierre Boulez, and in the Royal Festival, Stockholm in 2003, playing a Concerto by Gil Shohat. Mikhail has recorded several CDs, most recently Divertimento, music from the baroque period, with the pianist Irina Ryumina.
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