Celebrated specialists in this field, pianist Melvyn Tan and violinist Catherine Manson will guide young professional ensembles using period instruments: fortepiano instead of modern piano, stringed instruments with gut strings and shorter fingerboards, lighter classical bows, a different pitch…
Melvyn Tan has built a formidable international reputation as a versatile keyboard player. He travelled to the origins of his instrument to rediscover it, and in doing so he earned worldwide acclaim as a leading exponent of the fortepiano and the broader ‘early music movement’. Today, Melvyn Tan performs on both the fortepiano and modern piano. Chamber music and Lieder, from Haydn to Messiaen, hold an important place in Tan’s repertoire. Some of his current partners include cellist Guy Johnston, the Sacconi and Skampa quartets and pianist Ronald Brautigam.
Catherine Manson enjoys a versatile performing career specialising in period performance as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. As first violinist of the classical London Haydn Quartet she has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and London’s Wigmore Hall. She has also appeared frequently as a chamber musician together with such artists as Trevor Pinnock, Anner Bylsma, Malcolm Bilson and Steven Isserlis.
These masterclasses will offer a fascinating insight into the preparation that goes into performing chamber works on the instruments they were originally written for. Observers welcome. See our calendar for details.