Saturday 21st October 2017, 7.45 pm, St Wilfrids Church:


logo    Making Music Philip & Dorothy Green Young Concert Artist


Julia Pusker

Júlia Pusker was born into a family of musicians in Hungary, where she began her violin studies at the age of five. Two years later she was awarded the First Prize at the János Koncz National Violin Competition held in Szombathely.  Recently she has been a recipient of ‘Zoltán Kodály Prize’ and ‘Junior Prima Primissima Prize’ in her native Hungary. At the age of twelve, she made her concerto debut with Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra to critical acclaim, which led to an invitation to perform in the following season.
In 2005 she became a student at the Preparatory Section of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music for Children of Exceptional Talents in Budapest. At the age of seventeen, she made her first appearance with the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and has since been a regular guest soloist under its director János Rolla.

In 2011 she moved to London to further her studies under the guidance of György Pauk at the Royal Academy of Music where she graduated in 2016. During her studies she had been generously supported by The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Drake Calleja Trust, the Hattori Foundation, Leverhulme Trust Orchestral Mentorship Programme, Liszt Academy Network, Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, and the Oetker Scholarship. In 2013 she recorded the chamber version of Bruckner 2nd symphony with Trevor Pinnock and the Royal Academy Soloists Ensemble for the Royal Academy of Music’s second disc in their Chamber Symphony Series, which was released on Linn Records. In 2010 she was featured in a documentary called ‘Invisible Strings - The talented Pusker Sisters’ and was widely recognised all around the World.

The 2017-2018 season includes concerto appearances with Concerto Budapest, Sinfonia Varsovia, the MAV Symphony Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, as well as further concerts in Belgium, Italy, South America, Hungary, England and Germany. Since September 2016, she has been artist in residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels, under the direction of Augustin Dumay. In the same year she was selected as a 'St. John’s Smith Square Young Generation Artist' and a 'Making Music Philip & Dorothy Green Young Concert Artist'; tonight's concert is kindly supported by the Making Music scheme.

Renata Konyicska

After graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in July 2016,  Hungarian pianist Renata Kriszta Konyicska is now pursuing her Advanced Postgraduate Diploma at Birmingham Conservatoire where she was accepted with full scholarship. Her professor is Pascal Nemirovski.
She started studying music at the age of five with Adam Erna. At the age of ten, she was accepted at the Special School for Exceptional Young Talents of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, in the class of Zsuzsa Esztó. From 2010 to 2014 she continued her musical studies at the same institute under the guidance of László Baranyay, Márta Gulyás and Rita Wagner. She attained her Bachelors degree in Piano with highest honours.
She has won many prizes in various piano competitions, including first prize at the Zlatko Grgosevic Piano Competition in Croatia, first prize at the Cittá di Gorizia Competition in Italy, first prize at the Smetana Piano Competition in the Czech Republic, third prize at the International Piano Competition for Young Musicians in the Netherlands, and the Concerto Competition Prize at ISA festival in Austria. She was the winner of the inaugural European Union sponsored Talent Support Competition at Liszt Academy in Budapest.
She has performed recitals and chamber music concerts in UK, France, Spain, Poland, Austria and Hungary in festivals such as Prussia Cove, Nuits Classiques Megève, Festival de Piano Classique Biarritz, Encuentro de Musica y Academia de Santander, Internationale Sommerakademie der ISA Reichenau, and Liszt Week Esztergom where she is invited to play every year since the festival was initiated in 2008.

The programme will include:
Joachim Romance Op. 2 No. 1
Mozart Violin Sonata in A major KV. 526
Schubert Rondo Brillante

Franck Violin Sonata in A major
Bazzini Dance of the goblins