The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth is the venue for the final concert in this year’s North Cork Classical Music series on Thursday next (Aug 31) when some beautiful works by Mozart, Beethoven, Franck and Rachmaninov will be brought to us by The Belvedere Piano Trio, led by wenty-one-year old Cork pianist Ellen Jansson, German violinist Alexandra Pop and Swedish cellist, Henning Fredriksson.
Ellen began her studies at the Cork School of Music with Eleanor Malone and went on to study with Mary Beattie. She graduated from the prestigious Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester in 2014, where shte was the winner of the Chetham’s Yamaha Piano Competition as well as attaining an LRSM performance diploma with distinction. She currently studies on an Erasmus scholarship with Professor Martin Hughes at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
She has appeared as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine and the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland. A multiple prize winner at Feis Ceoil, she has had masterclasses and lessons with some of the world’s most respected pianists and teachers including Alexej Gorlatch, Alexei Grynyuk, Philip Martin, Pavel Nersessian, John O’Conor, Dina Parakhina, Kathryn Stott, Vladimir Tropp and Anton Voigt.
Alexandra Pop was a pre-college student in the class of Prof Susanne Stoodt at the HfMDK Frankfurt am Main before starting her regular studies in 2013 with Prof Dr Friedemann Eichhorn at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar. She has participated in masterclasses across Europe and America including with Nora Chastain, Jamie Laredo, Ingolf Turban and the Emerson String Quartet.
She was concertmaster of several German youth orchestras and has performed as soloist with the Sinforma Mainz and the Altsasbacher Orchestra. She was also the rehearsal soloist for Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Jenaer Philharmonie and Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 with the Gothaer Philharmonie.
Henning Fredriksson grew up in Gotland, Sweden and began to play the cello at the age of six. He began his professional studies at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music, Odense, Denmark, with Niels Ullner. After his bachelor degree he continued his master studies in Malmö, Sweden, with Thorleif Thedéen from where he graduates in autumn 2017. Since 2016 he has been a student of Robert Nagy and Maria Sellner at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
Henning has performed as soloist with the Haydn Symphony Orchestra Vienna under the baton of Jin Wang and was awarded scholarships from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in 2015 and 2016.
Tickets are €15 and are available from the usual outlets: The Avondhu office, Fermoy (025-32227), Cotter’s Bar, Kilworth (025-27109 after 5pm), Hyland’s Bookshop, Mitchelstown (025-24528) or call 087-6492514.