The 2021/22 season concludes this weekend. No tickets are required – just come on the day.
Conductor Nicholas Simpson
Liana Storey piano
|Joseph Haydn||Symphony No. 101 in D major, Hob.I:101 ‘The Clock’|
|Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart||Concerto, for piano and orchestra in C minor, K.491|
Liana was born in Kansas City, USA in 2002 and began playing the piano at the age of four. She studied with Marina Sultanova at the International Center for Music at Park University, Missouri, where she was given regular opportunities to perform from a young age.
After moving to Glasgow in 2010 she studied at the Junior department of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where her teachers included Marika Slater, James Willshire, and Graeme McNaught.
Liana has won prizes in the Moray piano competition in Elgin, the Young Pianist of the North International Piano Competition, and in the Junior Intercollegiate Beethoven Piano Competition. In 2019 she gave performances of Beethoven’s first Piano Concerto with the Glasgow Chamber Orchestra and the Junior Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Orchestra.
In August 2019, she attended the Lake Como Summer Piano School in Italy, where she had lessons with Stanislav Ioudenitch and William Grant Nabore.
She is currently studying with Dina Parakhina at the RNCM, where she is in her 2nd year.
The Athenean Ensemble
The Ensemble first performed at the Didsbury Coffee Concerts in November 2010, since when it has become the series’ resident chamber orchestra, normally appearing twice each season. The group of experienced amateur players, led by Brigid Hemingway and under the direction of Nicholas Simpson, was formed to provide orchestral accompaniment for RNCM soloists but also performers from Chetham’s School of Music in concertos from the classical repertoire. Their programmes, which include well-known orchestral works as well as original compositions, are extremely popular and very well supported.
The performers meet shortly before each concert – usually on the previous Sunday and the Friday evening before the concert – and have become an impressive and greatly valued part of the Didsbury Coffee Concert series. This will be their twenty-second appearance.
Born in Manchester, Simpson read law at Nottingham University, and for ten years played guitar in rock bands before studying with John Tavener at Trinity College of Music in London, where he won the Chappell Prize for composition and the Ricordi Prize for conducting (twice).
In the 1990s he practised as a criminal lawyer in London, but quit to be a professional musician on moving back to Manchester in 1998. His music has been widely played in Europe and the USA. His output includes three symphonies, a piano concerto, chamber music, an oratorio and Quarantine, an opera based on Jim Crace’s 1995 Booker-shortlisted novel of the same name. Recent projects include Fastness, the Manchester Camerata’s CD of his chamber orchestra music, due for release later this year. In addition to his long collaboration with the Athenean Ensemble, Nicholas Simpson is Music Director of the Halifax Symphony Orchestra in West Yorkshire, and Associate Conductor of the Huddersfield Philharmonic.