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London Mozart Players 
Leader - Simon Blendis

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Sunday, September 15th 2024 @ 7.30 pm

Programme

Elgar- Serenade                                              

Holst – St. Paul’s Suite    

Vivaldi – Concerto for 2 Violins in A minor (Aki and Simon Blendis – violin

Vaughan Williams – the Lark Ascending (Simon Blendis – violin) 

Grieg – Holberg Suite

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Leader - Simon Blendis   

Guest - Aki Blendis - violin

 

Founded in 1949 by Harry Blech to delight audiences with the works of Mozart and Haydn, London Mozart Players are one of the world’s finest chamber ensembles, dedicated to harnessing the passion and talent of our musicians so our audiences can revel in the joy of world-class live performance.​London Mozart Players have a unique musical pedigree; its rich history connects it to the greatest names in classical music, while its pioneering approach to music-making marks the orchestra as a leader in terms of outreach, education and diversity. They are a versatile chamber orchestra of the 21st century, dedicated to reaching new audiences with classical music.​

 

Simon Blendis joined the LMP as leader in 2014. He was a member of the Schubert Ensemble for twenty-three years, from 1995 until the group retired in 2018, leaving a legacy of over eighty commissions, twenty-five CD recordings and a large library of live performances on YouTube. Simon is in demand as a guest-leader and has appeared in this role with most of the UK's major orchestras. He has also appeared as a guest-director with orchestras such as the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Scottish Ensemble. Since 1999 he has shared the position of leader of Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa in Japan, with whom he has recorded Vivaldi's Four Seasons for the Warner label. As a soloist he has appeared with orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra, the RPO and the CBSO.

 

Aki Blendis, finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2022, started learning the violin at the age of four with Elisabeth Waterhouse. He was a pupil of Felicity Lipman for six years, and now studies with Ivo Stankov at the Junior Guildhall. He is a member of the National Youth Orchestra and is also an enthusiastic chamber musician, regularly participating in chamber music courses. 

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