To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the night in 1979 when HM Queen Elizabeth II graciously declared us open, we welcome two international The Queen’s Hall favourites to our stage: multi-award-winning Scottish pianist Steven Osborne and one of the world's finest cellists, Alban Gerhardt.
Schumann: 5 Stücke im Volkston
Brahms: Cello Sonata in F Major Op.99
De falla: Siete Canciones populares (arr. M.Marechal)
Debussy: Estampes for piano solo
Ravel: Alborada del gracioso (arr. Castelnuovo-Tedesco); Habanera (arr. P.Bazelaire); Tzigane (arr. Laszlo Varga)
Steven is one of Britain’s most treasured musicians whose insightful and idiomatic interpretations of diverse repertoire show an immense musical depth. His numerous awards include The Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year (2013) and two Gramophone Awards. His residences at London’s Wigmore Hall, Antwerp’s deSingel, the Bath International Music Festival and most recently with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra are a testament to the breadth of his interests and the respect he commands. In 2017, Steven very generously agreed to become one of The Queen's Hall's Patrons.
“There was barely a fidget or a cough. Nothing disturbed the concentration. The whole experience was a kind of enchantment”
Alban has, for twenty-five years, made a unique impact on audiences worldwide with his intense musicality, compelling stage presence and insatiable artistic curiosity. His gift for shedding fresh light on familiar scores, along with his appetite for investigating new repertoire from centuries past and present, truly set him apart from his peers.
“One of the finest cellists around – expressive, unshowy and infinitely classy”