THIS month sees the return of chamber music to Inverness Town House after the summer break with concert performances by international artists both in the evenings and at lunchtime.
Between them Inverness Chamber Music and At One With Music will be presenting a total of 19 concerts, starting with the return of Pianist Kristi Kapten and her trio playing Mozart and Brahms at 1pm on Thursday 20th September and going right through to May next year for a performance by the renowned percussion virtuosi, O Duo.
Kapten is the winner of the 2011 Tallinn International Piano Competition in her native Estonia and is a regular recital artist both in her homeland and across the UK, performing in solo and chamber music genres.
As a bonus, alongside the local music societies’ programme this year National Chamber Music Day will be celebrated in Inverness for the first time.
National Chamber Music Day is an annual event, organised by Enterprise Music Scotland, that sees groups of musicians go out to unexpected venues throughout the nation to allow the general public to find out what chamber music is all about. Last year saw performances in railway stations, airports, supermarkets, hospitals, shopping centres and public parks.
This year will have 75 musicians performing in unusual locations all over Scotland. In Inverness Simpsons Garden Centre at Inshes will be hosting Russian cellist Aleksei Kiseliov and his accompanist in the Coffee Shop between 1pm and 3pm on Saturday 15th September.
Kiseliov was recently appointed principal cello with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and performed in Inverness Town House last March as a member of the Greenwich Piano Trio. The music is free, and after the lunchtime music the audience will be able to chat to the musicians to find out why people flock to the over five hundred concerts put on each year by music clubs up and down the length and breadth of Scotland.
Following on from Kristi Kapten’s lunchtime concert, Inverness Chamber Music welcomes Oxana Shevchenko for the season’s first evening concert on Wednesday 26th September 26th at 8pm.
Shevchenko won the most recent Scottish International Piano Competition in 2010 and has gone on to gain more major prizes since then both in her native Kazakhstan and throughout Europe. She will be playing a programme of works by Mozart, Chopin, Stravinsky and Ravel.
Further information about these concerts and those during the rest of the season can be found at www.invernesschambermusic.com or at www.at1withmusic.co.uk where it is also possible to book tickets for the Inverness Chamber Music evening concerts. Alternatively contact James Munro on 01463 710363 or firstname.lastname@example.org