Sunday, May 12th 2024 @ 7.30 pm
Schumann - Fantasiestücke, Op. 88
Weinberg - Trio Op. 24 in A minor
Beethoven - Trio in E flat major, Op. 38
Charles Lovell-Jones - violin
Yoanna Pradonova - cello
Ariel Lanyi - piano
Welsh Violinist Charlie Lovell-Jones (b.1999) has been recognised as one of the most promising international soloists of his generation. Since his sold-out Royal Festival Hall debut aged fifteen, Charlie has appeared as soloist with orchestras across the UK and beyond, including the English Chamber Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra and Yamagata Symphony Orchestra, as well as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Charlie has appeared live on radio in broadcasts of Waxman Carmen Fantasy (RTÉ Radio) Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending (BBC Radio 3), Karl Jenkins Violin Concerto (BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Wales) and his own composition, Cariad Cyntaf (2017), for which he was joined by soprano Rebecca Evans (BBC Radio Wales). He has worked with conductors such as John Wilson, Edward Gardner, Sir Mark Elder, Ken Takaseki, Moritz Gnann, Ben Gernon, Grant Llewellyn, Stephen Bell, and Jonathan Mann.
Cellist Yoanna Prodanova was born in 1992 in Varna, Bulgaria. She completed her studies in 2019 at the Royal Academy of Music in London where she was a Bicentenary Scholar on the prestigious Advanced Diploma course, already having obtained her Bachelor and Master’s degrees at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Previously she studied in Varna and in Montreal where her family immigrated in 2006.
Yoanna has performed concertos with the Royal Academy of Music Orchestra, the Amati Orchestra, the Surrey Philharmonic and the Guildford Symphony Orchestra among others. She regularly performs as a recitalist in the UK and Europe. In 2019 she gave her recital debut in Switzerland at the Studio Ernest Ansermet where she played the Swiss premiere of Valentin Gheorghiu’s sonata for cello and piano with her duo partner Mihai Ritivoiu. This recital was broadcast live on RTS Espace 2.
Yoanna’s debut album including works by Janacek, Fauré and Chopin with Mihai Ritiviu was released in 2020 on the Linn Records label. She has also recorded the Brahms clarinet trio with Joseph Shiner and Somi Kim for Orchid Records.
Yoanna has been invited to festivals such as OCM Prussia Cove, Rencontres de violoncelle de Bélaye in France, Siete Lagos Festival in Patagonia, St Magnus Festival in Orkney and the Lincolnshire Chamber Music Festival, and has collaborated with artists such as Andrew Marriner, Alissa Firsova, Ian Swensen, Matt Hunt and the Doric String Quartet.
Yoanna’s awards include The Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Artists (2016), the Sylva Gelber Award (2017, 2018), Tunnell Trust Award (2019) and the First prize at the International Joachim Competition in Weimar with her string quartet, the Barbican Quartet.
Yoanna’s most important cello mentors have been, in chronological order, Daniela Kirilova, Denis Brott, Louise Hopkins, Rebecca Gilliver, Richard Lester and Hannah Roberts. She is extremely grateful to the Canimex Group for the loan of a beautiful cello made by Giuseppe Gagliano in 1788.
Pianist, Ariel Lanyi was born in Jerusalem, in 1997. He studied piano at the Conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance with Lea Agmon and Yuval Cohen, as well as violin, composition, conducting, and jazz.
He started performing as a pianist at age 5, played with an orchestra for the first time at age 6, started regular appearances on live broadcasts on Israel Radio at age 8,and was featured in several documentaries, including the ITV documentary Superhuman Genius. He subsequently studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Hamish Milne and Ian Fountain. In addition, he received tuition from eminent artists such as Imogen Cooper, Richard Goode, Robert Levin, Murray Perahia, Leif Ove Andsnes, as well as the late Ivan Moravec and Leon Fleisher.
In 2021, Ariel won third prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition, and was a finalist at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition. In the same year, he was a prize winner at the inaugural Young Classical Artists Trust (London, and Concert Artists Guild (New York) International Auditions.
In addition to giving recitals in multiple countries, he has played with orchestras such as the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.