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powell piano trio


7.30pm Saturday, 10 May 2008



  Oliver Heath violin

  Christopher Murray cello

  Benjamin Powell piano


  Haydn Trio in E flat major, H.15/29

  Dvorak Trio no.4 in E minor Dumky, B.166, op.90

  Schubert Trio in B flat major, D.898, op.99

Oliver Heath is a highly respected soloist and chamber music player. He was awarded a scholarship to study at the Purcell School (where he was the leader of the Purcell School Symphony Orchestra) and subsequently went on to the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) to study with Yossi Zivoni. He undertook postgraduate studies at the RNCM with Jan Repko, and has participated in masterclasses with Lewis Kaplan and Eric Rosenblith. He is the leader of the Heath String Quartet, an exciting young ensemble which has gained many prestigious prizes and awards since its formation in 2002, and gave its London South Bank debut in November 2006.


Christopher Murray was the 2003 winner of the Barbirolli Prize, (the RNCM's highest award for cellists), and forms a duo with his father David Murray which regularly gives recitals across the North of England. In August 2005 he gave a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3 of solo cello pieces by Hans Abrahamsen, as part of the BBC Proms Composer Portrait series. Recent concerto appearances include the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra, RNCM Symphony Orchestra and New Tyneside Orchestra. He is a member of the Heath String Quartet.


Benjamin Powell studied with Anne Sheridan and Adrian West before entering the Royal Northern College of Music in 1999, where he studied with Carole Presland.  Thanks to a DAAD scholarship Benjamin spent year at the Hochshule für Musik in Cologne, in the class of Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Funding from the Musicians Benevolent Fund and the Lynn Foundation allowed Benjamin to return to the RNCM to study with Alexander Melnikov. He now lives and works in Manchester.