Festival 2009


Presented in association with Radio 3

30 January – 1 February 2009

Audience reaction to the weekend:

“Warmest congratulations… for an enormously successful weekend”

“Another enterprising weekend of world-class music making”

“It was a joy from start to finish…a who’s who of the present day Schubert performers”

“A wonderful three days of music which I am sure left all who were there uplifted”

QUB_smsaShowcase Recital

Friday 30 January 2009 – Harty Room, QUB Music Building, 1.10 pm
Admission free

Presented in association with Queen’s University School of Music and Sonic Arts, featuring final-year and
postgraduate performers.

trioTrio Wanderer

Friday 30 January 2009 – Great Hall, QUB, 8.00 pm
£15.00 (includes programme/free parking/interval refreshments)

Programme to include:
Schubert Notturno in Eb major D897
Mendelssohn Piano trio in C minor Op 66
Schubert Piano trio in Bb major D 898

The Trio Wanderer’s choice of name pays homage to Schubert and, more widely, to German Romanticism. Acclaimed for its extraordinarily sensitive style, for the almost telepathic understanding the musicians have for one another and for technical mastery, the Trio Wanderer is one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles.

Vincent Coq piano
Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabedian violin
Raphael Pidoux cello


mcgahon_cCoffee Concert: “Sing Schubert!”

Saturday 31 January 2009 – Harty Room, QUB
Coffee from 11.00 am. Concert starts 11.30 sharp. £5.00

The culmination of a short masterclass series with renowned mezzo Colette McGahon, in which promising young singers sing a selection of Schubert songs accompanied by Gail Evans and Daniel O’Neill.

Generously supported by the Esme Mitchell Trust.

To the young performers
“What a wealth of promising talent was displayed by the young performers”

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melvynMelvyn Tan piano

Saturday 31 January 2009 – Great Hall, QUB, 1.30 pm
£12.00 (includes programme/free parking)

Schubert G major Sonata D894
Debussy Suite Bergamasque

Born in Singapore and living in London since 1978, Melvyn Tan began his studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School, where his teachers included Vlado Perlemuter, Nadia Boulanger and Marcel Ciampi. At the Royal College of Music he studied both piano and harpsichord. Intrigued by the sound of early keyboards he soon focused his attention on the fortepiano, rapidly building a formidable international reputation for his groundbreaking performances.


wihanWihan String Quartet and Raphael Wallfisch (cello)

Saturday 31 January 2009 – Great Hall, QUB, 8.00 pm
£20.00 (includes programme/free parking/interval refreshments)

Leos Cepicky violin
Jan Schulmeister violin
Jiri Zigmund viola
Ales Kasprik cello


Sketch of Wihan players by Marcus Patton

Schubert Quartettsatz in C minor D 703
Mozart String Quartet K421
Smetana String Quartet no 2
Schubert String Quintet in C major for 2 violins, viola and 2 cellos D 956




raphaelRaphael Wallfisch Masterclass

Masterclass on Schubert’s ‘Arpeggione’ Sonata.
Sunday 1 February at 11.30 am – Harty Room, QUB Music Building. £5.00

Raphael Wallfisch is committed to and passionate about teaching, and devotes a significant amount of his time to this activity. He is professor of cello at the Zürich Winterthur Konservatorium in Switzerland, and at the Royal College of Music in London.


christianne_josephChristianne Stotijn (mezzo soprano)
Joseph Breinl (piano)

Sunday 1 February 2009 – Great Hall, QUB, 3.00 pm
£15.00 (includes programme/free parking/interval refreshments)

Schubert Songs on texts by Mayrhofer
Grieg 6 Lieder op. 48
Schubert Selected songs, including Nachtstück, Nacht und Träume, and Erlkönig