Join us for the rare opportunity to hear one of the world’s most celebrated pianists perform in the intimacy of Loaningdale’s Recital Hall. ANGELA HEWITT, “one of the busiest pianists on earth” (Evening Standard), renowned for her performances of Bach, turns her dazzling talent to works by Mozart and Beethoven. With an opportunity to meet Angela after the recital when she will be signing CDs.
Make a day of it by taking a beautiful spring drive across the hills in time for lunch! Biggar’s Barony Restaurant will be offering a special pre-concert menu during the festival week.
Wednesday 26 April 2023, 3pm
MOZART: Fantasie for Piano No. 3 in D minor, K397
MOZART: Sonata for Piano No. 18 in D major, K576
BEETHOVEN: Sonata for Piano no. 7 in D major, Op. 10 No. 3
MOZART: Sonata for Piano No. 14 in C minor, K457
BEETHOVEN: Sonata for Piano no. 32 in C minor, Op. 111
TICKETS: £25, to include a festive refreshment
“One of the reliably mesmerising musicians of the day” (Sunday Times)
High on the list of the world’s leading concert pianists, Angela Hewitt appears in recital and as soloist with major orchestras throughout Europe, the Americas, Australia, and Asia. Her interpretations of the music of J.S. Bach have established her as one of the composer’s foremost interpreters of our time.
Born into a musical family in Canada, she began her piano studies age three, performed in public at four, and a year later won her first scholarship. From 1963–73 she studied at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music after which she completed her Bachelor of Music in Performance at the University of Ottawa, graduating at the age of eighteen. A prizewinner in numerous piano competitions in Europe, Canada, and the USA, it was her triumph in the 1985 Toronto International Bach Piano Competition, held in memory of Glenn Gould, that truly launched her international career.
Angela’s award-winning cycle for Hyperion Records of all the major keyboard works of Bach has been described as “one of the record glories of our age” (Sunday Times). Her extensive discography also includes solo recordings of the complete Beethoven Sonatas, praised by BBC Music Magazine for its ‘finger-work of nimble grace and steely strength; clarity of line; understated pedalling…..the hallmarks of Hewitt’s artistry”. She is now recording the complete Mozart Piano Sonatas; the first of three double-CD albums was released in November 2022, gaining a 5-star BBC Music Magazine review. A regular in the USA Billboard chart, her new album “Love Songs” hit the top of the specialist classical chart in the UK and stayed there for months after its release. The winner of four Juno Awards, in 2015, Angela was inducted into Gramophone magazine’s “Hall of Fame”, reflecting her popularity with music lovers around the world.
In 2006 Angela was awarded an OBE in Queen Elizabeth II’s 80th birthday honours, and last September she was invited to be the sole live performer in the two hours of classical music broadcast on BBC Radio 3 immediately following the funeral and committal of the late Queen. She was “Artist of the Year” at the 2006 Gramophone Awards, “Instrumentalist of the Year” at the 2010 MIDEM Classical Awards at Cannes, and in 2018 received the Governor General’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Ottawa, three years after being created a Companion of the Order of Canada—her country’s highest honour. In 2020 she was awarded two prestigious prizes: the City of Leipzig Bach Medal (being the first woman in its seventeen-year history to receive the award), and the Wigmore Hall Gold Medal in recognition of some 80 performances over the past 35 years in London’s most prestigious chamber music venue. She is a member of the Royal Society of Canada, has seven honorary doctorates, and is a Visiting Fellow of Peterhouse College, Cambridge.
For full biographical details visit www.angelahewitt.com