As a member of the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO), Müpa Budapest helps organise the Rising Stars series each year. The concerts in the series present young artists performing programmes of music that include premières of contemporary works commissioned by ECHO.On this evening, the audience will be able to share in a special experience. We are not used to the trombone being used as a solo instrument, and we usually think of it as a chamber music instrument only as part of a brass ensemble. The public generally hears the trombone as part of an orchestra, but - in contrast to the trumpet and horn - composers of symphonic scores do not write solos for it. As a result, the instrument's full, powerful tone only appeared as 'filler' in orchestral arrangements for centuries.
Its full potential, however, was unleashed in the 20th and 21st centuries. Today, a trombone virtuoso will perform solo pieces, chamber works, and sonatas - just like English trombonist Peter Moore, who became the youngest competitor of all time to win the BBC Young Musician competition at the age of 12 (!) in 2008. At 18, he continued his career as the solo trombonist for the illustrious London Symphony Orchestra.
Of course, the young performer's repertoire still needs to be developed and expanded. This will be illustrated by Moore's performance of Beethoven's Horn Sonata, Schumann's Fantasy Pieces and - his most exciting experiment - an interpretation on trombone of Brahms's cycle of Bible-inspired songs, Four Serious Songs. From there, he will take a bold leap into the realm of Gershwin's light-hearted songs. A British composer of Polish origin, Roxana Panufnik (daughter of pianist, composer, conductor and educator Sir Andrzej Panufnik) went one step further by composing her new work specifically for the trombone at the request of ECHO.
In Festival Square after the concert, visitors will be able to participate in a meet and greet moderated by Endre Tóth, where they can chat with the artists appearing in the concert and request autographs.
Nominated for the Rising Stars programme by: Barbican Centre London
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
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