Vanbrugh Quartet Scholarship Fundraiser Concert
University College Cork
Sat 17 June 2017 - 8:00 pm
€25 (€20 for COS members and concessions)
The Vanbrugh Quartet annual Scholarship Gala Fundraiser is always a spectacular finish to our season. This year’s event will have a special significance as it will be the quartet’s final performance with the existing line up of musicians, as founding member Greg Ellis is set to retire. Pianist Kevin Jansson is the guest soloist. Not to be missed!
The concert is in aid of the National String Quartet Foundation.
Haydn: String Quartet in C major, Op.33 No.3, “The Bird”
Dvorak: Piano Quintet No.2 in A major, Op.81 (with Kevin Jansson, piano)
Beethoven: String Quartet in F major, Op.135
€25 (Standard) | €20 (COS members)
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The longevity of the Vanbrugh Quartet is due in no small part to the Irish people. As students of the 1980s in London the young Vanbrugh quartet responded to a newspaper advertisement for the position of a resident string quartet to the national broadcaster of Ireland (RTÉ). Beating off stiff competition they secured one of the most durable and creative positions in quartet history. The residency in Cork has existed since the 1950s, and in 1986 the Vanbrugh were the fourth quartet in succession to accept the honour.
The creative environment of county Cork, combined with the encouragement they received from the Irish musical establishment, and a loyal following, have all nurtured their progress from students, via international competition successes, to becoming established on the professional international classical music scene. Their appointment as artists-in-residence to the National University of Ireland at University College Cork since 1991 has helped secure their position as Ireland’s longest established professional chamber ensemble. For this they are eternally grateful.
Their landmark first prize in the Yehudi Menhuin London International String Quartet Competition in 1988 launched their international career. Numerous commercial recordings followed culminating in the complete cycle of Beethoven string quartets released in 1996. That same year they co-founded the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in Bantry, now frequented by the most bespoke musicians on the chamber music circuit. Situated on Ireland’s mystical south-west coast, the festival today is a beacon of excellence for top performers, music lovers, and young musicians alike.
In 2015 the Vanbrugh Quartet established the National String Quartet Foundation as their legacy. The foundation aspires to support string quartets, chamber musicians, and composers of the present and future generations.
In February 2016 he was the youngest participant and joint winner of the Pris Thierry Scherz at the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad Festival in Switzerland. As his prize he recently recorded his debut solo piano CD with the Swiss label Claves, which will be released in June 2017. In December Kevin went on to take his second international prize of the year being awarded first place in Category A at the 8th International Isidor Bajić Piano Memorial Competition in Serbia.
Over the years he has been the winner of numerous awards at competitions in both Cork and Dublin taking five first prizes at Feis Ceoil in 2015.
Kevin gave his first piano recital at the age of 12 and one year later he made his concerto debut during the Cork International Choral Festival performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D Minor with the CIT Cork School of Music Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Geoffrey Spratt. In 2014 he was one of 12 young pianists selected from around the world to participate in the Allianz Lang Lang Foundation Junior Music Camp in Barcelona culminating in a concert masterclass with Lang Lang.
Kevin has participated in the William Finlay Mentoring Programme for Gifted Pianists run by the Dublin International Piano Competition. He has played at numerous festivals throughout Ireland including the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, the Westport Festival of Chamber Music, Music for Galway and also at the launch of the New Ross Piano Festival. He has performed at the National Concert Hall on several occasions, most recently alongside his sister Ellen, playing Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland under Gearóid Grant. In August 2016 Kevin was a guest performer at the Dinard Music Festival in France.
Attending masterclasses in Ireland and throughout Europe Kevin has played for many eminent pianists and teachers including Martina Bauer, Alexei Grynyuk, Robert Kulek, Lang Lang, Joseph Moog, Pavel Nersessian, John O’Conor, Ewa Poblocka, Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy, Olga Solovieva and Andreas Weber.
Kevin is also a very accomplished violinist and chamber musician and is the current joint holder of the National Concert Hall of Ireland Young Musician’s Award for Strings. A student of Ruxandra Petcu Colan he has won many prizes in Feis Maitiu Cork and Feis Ceoil Dublin and performed in the Feis Ceoil Gala concert at the National Concert Hall in 2015. He has also performed as soloist with the RTÉ National Concert Orchestra, CIT CSM Chamber Orchestra and the Cork Youth Orchestra. In March 2017 he performed the Bruch violin concerto with the Dublin Symphony Orchestra under conductor Elaine Kelly. He has played in masterclasses in Ireland, Austria and Romania for renowned violinists including Paul Roczek, Constantin Serban, Maxim Vengerov and Nicolaj Znaider. He has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland since 2012.