Saturday 3 October 2015
Andrew Leach - Piano
Works to include:
Our evenings (from On an Overgrown Path) - Janacek
Années de Pèlerinage: Première Année - Liszt
Six Dances from Mikrokosmos - Bartok
Humoreske Op.20 - Schumann
At the age of 17, placed first among music applicants at the University of Cambridge, Andrew was awarded a music scholarship at King’s College, where he completed undergraduate and postgraduate study and qualified as a teacher. During his time at King’s he played organ and harpsichord on the recording of Monteverdi's Vespers made by the choir of King’s College under Philip Ledger with the Early Music Consort of London directed by David Munrow. He composed a Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis which were performed by the choir of King’s College at Evensong.
Andrew studied with Dennis Murdoch and has given many solo recitals, including performances of Liszt’s B Minor Sonata and Prokofiev’s Sonatas no. 6, 7 and 9. He gave the British première of the piano sonata by the Czech composer Korte.
Andrew has performed as a recital accompanist with soloists including the clarinettist Jack Brymer, the soprano Emma Kirkby and the tenor Richard Edgar Wilson. With Neil MacKenzie of the BBC Singers and Nicholas Ward, leader of the City of London Sinfonia, he gave the first performance of a song cycle by Hugh Collins Rice. He has played chamber music and piano concertos, including Bartok’s 3rd piano concerto with the Wolsey Orchestra and Beethoven’s 3rd piano concerto with the Lavenham Sinfonia.
Andrew also studied conducting under George Hurst and has conducted countless acclaimed performances including Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem and Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, all at Snape Maltings.