We are delighted to welcome pianist Matthew McCombie back to the Woolpit Festival. He has been described as ‘a musician of independent thought….depth, grandeur and virtuosity’ and playing with ‘passion, power and accuracy in equal measure…. subtle and insightful command’. Matthew is a graduate of the Royal College of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London.
Matthew has worked with a number of leading conductors including Barry Wordsworth, James Judd and Ronald Corp, performing works including the Grieg Piano Concerto, Stravinsky’s Petrushka and Saint-Saens’ Carnival of Animals.
Mathew has been awarded a number of prizes including the John Longmire Beethoven Competition, the Alfred Kitchen Chopin Competition, and the Trinity Laban Founders’ Prize for Accompaniment and the Il Circolo Music Award from the Italian Cultural Institute, London.
His interest in Jazz led to him sharing the piano residency at the Savoy Hotel, London, following its multi-million pound refurbishment.
He continues to promote the work of the British composer Billy Mayerl and collaborates with Suffolk based composer Peter Cresswell on projects including the oratorios ‘David’ and ‘Before Pilate’ and his new work ‘Cathedral’ for piano and narrator.
Tonight’s programme will include:
Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, S.244/2
Chopin Polonaise in A flat major, Op.53 and Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35
Peter Cresswell Three pieces from ‘’Cathedral’’