On Tuesday, the 24th of September, we were honoured by playing an evening concert in the Austrian Culture Forum, which is located close to Knightsbridge. For me as an Austrian it felt like being at home, when we stepped into the beautiful building and got welcomed with the traditional and famous Austrian charm and politeness.
The Austrian Culture Forum promotes cultural contacts between the UK and Austria and our trio seemed perfect for it with our cultural mix for it.
In our preparation for the concert we thought a lot about finding an interesting program for the audience and we aimed to promote contemporary composers next to our standard repertoire.
We opened the concert with the gorgeous Divertimento Nr. 1 in B-flat Major written by one of the most famous Austrian composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It suited so well into the lovely performance space, which helped to create such a comfortable atmosphere and made it easy for us to connect with our audience. A contrast was our second piece, the Woodwind Trio by acclaimed Ivan Eroed, Hungarian born and now Austrian composer. I stumbled over him when I heard his Bassoon Sonata on a recording and was immediately impressed by his composition style. His trio was particular interesting as it is full of imitations and the second movement (theme with variations) is full of character. The middle piece in our program took the listeners to France into the world of Eugene Bozza. Bozza is known for his love for wind instruments and I particularly love his chamber music pieces. It was our first time to perform his Suite and we enjoyed it a lot. I like the changes of emotions we could live through with our listeners, the sacral 1st movement, the lively second movement, the lyrical and colourful 3rd movement and the virtuosic Finale. As we are currently in preparations for our first recording, which we’ll be working on in spring time next year, we are now playing a lot of chamber music written by British composers, as our recording will feature British compositions. Due to that, we chose the Trio by eminent composer Gordon Jacob as our final piece. This one highlights our instruments together really well. As a little surprise for our lovely, heart-warming and cheerful audience we presented an encore by well-established composer Timothy Salter, who is currently commissioning a piece for us. His piece will be premiered in our debut concert in St. Martin’s in the Field in February 2014 and will also be highlighted in our recording. He was kind enough to arrange his Oboe trio for us and we played one movement to the audience, which they acknowledge and were deeply impressed.
To connect the audience and the musicians and to help to share information and feedback, the Austrian Culture Forum had a little reception afterwards where we got introduce to the eminent and influential composer Joseph Horovitz, whose appearance in our audience honoured us deeply. We felt so blessed and had such a lovely time! Thank you very much for such an amazing concert, interest and hospitality we received from both the Austrian Culture Forum and the audience!