Sunday 30th September at 2.30pm

Michael Hill Violin Competition winner with Sydney International Piano Competition winner

Ioana Cristina Goicea Violin
Andrey Gugnin Piano


Schubert: Rondo in B minor, D 895 (“Rondo Brilliant”)
Enescu: Sonata No 3, Op 25 (“In Romanian Folk Style”)
Brahms: Sonata No 3 in D minor, Op 108
Brahms: Scherzo in C minor, from the “FAE” Sonata

“With her explosive temperament and a mastery that could defy today’s greatest violinists, Goicea revealed nothing short of ingenuity” (Badisches Tagblatt – Baden-Baden)
“His rhythmic acuity, lightness of touch and nuanced dynamics realised both the moments of witty caprice and wistful introspection.” (The Australian)

Two of the latest rising stars in the international music scene are Romanian violinist Ioana Cristina Goicea and Russian pianist Andrey Gugnin. As well as their recent southern hemisphere triumphs they have both won numerous awards and accolades throughout the world. Ioana has won the Brahms International and the Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competitions, while Andrey has taken both the Gold Medal and the Audience Award at the XVI International Gina Bachauer Piano Competition. To hear both of these stunning young musicians together in one concert is an absolute privilege.
Their programme is certainly not lacking in passion and fireworks. Schubert’s Rondo Brilliant lives up to its title – fiery and filled with virtuosic flair. George Enescu was one of the most brilliant musical figures of the 20th Century, and Romania’s most important composer. His Opus 25 Sonata is one of his finest works and is music that is sure to be close to the heart of our Romanian violinist, filled as it is with the atmospheric melancholy of its folk-like melodies. Two works by Brahms complete the programme – the dramatic and technically challenging third sonata and, to close, the driving brilliance of the brief one movement Scherzo.

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