The Complete Beethoven Sonatas for Violin and Piano Part 1

To include Sonata no 1 in D major, no 4 in A minor and no 8 in G major

Sophie Rosa first garnered attention after winning the Second Prize and Audience Prize at the 2nd Manchester International Violin Competition 2011. She has performed across the UK as a recitalist in venues including the Royal Festival Hall, the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall and Bridgewater Hall and has appeared as soloist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Manchester Camerata. Sophie has broadcast for BBC Radio 3 and has released CDs on Champs Hill and EM Records labels to critical acclaim.

As part of a busy performing career, Sophie is regularly invited to perform recitals and chamber music at prestigious concerts and Festivals. Sophie is a member of Pixels Ensemble and also performs with Psappha ensemble as well as guest leading orchestras across the UK.

Sophie studied at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music with Wen Zhou Li where she was a recipient of the RNCM Gold Medal and the Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal. After completing her Masters Degree with Distinction, Sophie completed the RNCM International Artist Diploma in Solo Performance and furthered her studies in America with Midori Goto, Miriam Fried and Donald Weilerstein.

Sophie was kindly supported by several award foundations including the Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Music Scholarship, The Solti Foundation, The Hattori Foundation, The Stephen Bell Charitable Trust, The Lauriston School Trust and Help Musicians UK.

Sophie plays on a Joseph Gagliano violin dated 1795 and a Claude Fonclause bow made available through the generous support of the Stradivari Trust.

British concert pianist Duncan Glenday enjoys a busy and varied performing career as a recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Since completing his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, he has performed extensively throughout the UK and has appeared at venues such as St James’ Piccadilly, London, the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, and with the Northern Chamber Orchestra at the Lowry, Salford Quays.

For over 15 years he has given recitals for music societies around the country, and he has also made many concerto appearances including Beethoven’s second piano concerto with the Northern Chamber Orchestra, and works by Dohnanyi and Copland with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to his active solo career, Duncan is also in great demand as an accompanist and chamber musician, with collaborations recently taking him to the International Lake District Summer Music Festival and the Buxton and Ryedale Festivals. He has recorded for BBC Radios 2 and 3, and more recently has been privileged to partner numerous exceptional vocalists in recital, including David Kempster (at the Bridgewater Hall), Katherine Broderick (Cardiff Singer of the World, 2013 finalist and winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Prize in 2007), and Kathryn Rudge (the Sunday Times Rising Star of 2o12).

Duncan is currently a tutor of piano at Manchester University, Chetham’s School of Music and at the Royal Northern College of Music Junior Department. He is also the President of Leigh Music Society and Artistic Director of the Uppermill Coffee Concerts Series in Saddleworth.

Duncan has enjoyed success in various prizes and competitions, including first prize in the 1994 John Ireland Competition. He trained at the Royal Northern College of Music with Renna Kellaway and John Gough, where he followed the joint degree course with Manchester University, graduating with a first class honours degree, the RNCM graduate and postgraduate Diplomas, and the prestigious RNCM Diploma in professional performance. See his website