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Chamber music: Aurea Quartet & Louko Trio

Monday 20 February 2017, 7pm
Hungarian Cultural Centre
10 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7NA


In association with the Royal Northern College of Music we are delighted to present 
The Aurea Quartet and the Louko Trio 
in a chamber music concert of Hungarian composers

Louko Trio: Liszt Tristia - La Vallée d'Obermann S.723 (12 mins)
Louko Trio: Sándor Veress, Tre Quadri for violin, cello and piano (14 mins)
Aurea Quartet: Béla Bartók, String Quartet No 1 (30 mins)

Aurea QuartetThe Aurea Quartet is a group of exciting young musicians living and working in Manchester.

During their first year performing together, they were finalists in the 1st Sándor Végh International String Quartet Competition in Budapest, where they were awarded a special prize for their outstanding performance of Lajtha String Quartet No.7. They were winners of the St Martin-in-the-Fields chamber music prize 2014, and after a series of successful auditions, were selected for the Enterprise Music Scotland Residency Project 2014-15, as St John's Smith Square Young Artists 2014-15, and as resident quartet for the 2015 Wye Valley Chamber Festival. They have subsequently enjoyed playing regularly for audiences throughout Britain and Europe. In 2015, the quartet was invited to perform in the Beethoven Plus series at King's Place, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Cottier Chamber Project, and the International Musicians Platform Festival. The quartet has performed live on BBC Radio 3 (both In Tune and Proms Plus) and on BBC Radio Scotland's Classics Unwrapped.  A busy couple of years have also included exciting collaborations with Daniel Tong, Susan Tomes, Anna Hashimoto and Krysia Ostostowicz.  The quartet was recently awarded a place as International Young Artist quartet at the Royal Northern College of Music, where they play regularly to Petr Prause, Catherine Yates, and Donald Grant.

The coming year will include collaborations with the Gildas Quartet and with the Hallé Orchestra's String Scheme students, with performances throughout the UK.

Luoko Trio
Louko Piano Trio
Erkki Louko, violin
Waynne Woo Seok Kwon, cello
Victor Lim, piano

The Louko Piano trio was formed in September 2015 by three young musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. They are primarily coached by Jeremy Young and Qian Wu (Sitkovetsky Piano Trio) and have also received further guidance from Alasdair Tait, Frans Helmerson, Kathryn Stott, Peter Frankl and Gábor Takacs-Nagy.

Since its formation, the trio has won the RNCM Hirsch Prize for outstanding performance of a work by Beethoven and also the RNCM Nossek Prize for the best performance of a piece from the Romantic period. They were also the winner of the RNCM Christopher Rowland Ensemble of the Year Award 2016.

This year, the Louko Trio was the first prize winner of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Chamber Music Competition in London in which their performance was praised for being 'uniquely involving'. They were recently chosen as one of the four ensembles to participate in Music Coll 2016 this summer.

Their performance has been broadcasted on BBC Radio 3 and as extremely active soloists individually, they have collectively performed at the Wigmore Hall, the Colston Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and the Sydney Opera House.

Erkki Louko was born in Espoo, Finland in 1994 and began learning the violin at the age of five. In 2007, he entered the Sibelius Academy as a student of Janne Malmivaara and Merit Palas, where he also studied for his Bachelors degree. Erkki was a finalist in the 2015 Kuopio National Violin Competition and won a special prize in the 2014 International Marteau Violin Competition. This year Erkki won the Norman George Violin Scholarship and the Concerto Auditions at the RNCM. He is currently studying at the RNCM with Professor Yair Kless.

Waynne Woo Seok Kwon was born in Seoul in 1995. He began playing the cello at the age of three, first learning from his mother, then soon moved to Australia where he studied with Susan Blake and Umberto Clerici. He was a prizewinner at the 2012 National Concerto Competition in Australia and also at the 2013 KPO Concerto Competition. Waynne currently studies at the RNCM under the tutelage of Hannah Roberts and has also participated in masterclasses with Josephine Knight, Natalie Clein and Heinrich Schiff. Waynne is grateful for the generous support of the Haworth Trust.

Victor Lim was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1994 but moved to the UK at the age of 12 to study at Wells Cathedral School with John Byrne and Richard Ormrod. During his time at Wells, he was a category finalist at the 2012 BBC Young Musician of the Year. Victor now studies at the RNCM with Murray McLachlan and Jeremy Young where he has won the Gordon Green Award, Piano Duo Prize, Beethoven and Schubert Prize. He has performed widely throughout the world in China, Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia and France. Victor is supported by the ABRSM and Help Musicians UK.

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