In this concert we pair an emotionally powerful and virtuosic violin concerto by Shostakovich, with Richard Strauss’s epic and richly detailed autobiographical tone poem.
Shostakovich – Violin Concerto No. 1 (soloist: Benjamin Baker)
Strauss – Ein Heldenleben
Saturday 21 March 2015, 7.30pm
Hammersmith Town Hall, London W6 9JU
Tickets £10 (8 concessions) available on the door.
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Born in New Zealand, Benjamin Baker studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music. In 2013 he won 1st Prize and the Audience Prize in the Windsor Festival International Competition.
During his studies Benjamin won numerous prizes and awards including 1st Prize and the Audience Prize in the 2013 Windsor Festival International String Competition, the Development Prize from the Michael Hill Violin Competition, 1st Prize in the string section of the 2012 Royal Over-Seas League Competition and 2nd Prize at the 2011 Postacchini International Violin Competition in Italy.
Over the last year Benjamin has made his debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Collon, performed the Britten Concerto with the Haydn Chamber Orchestra and Brahms Double Concerto with the Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra. He has given recitals at Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, the Lichfield, Newbury and Northern Chords Festivals, and recorded for Champs Hill Records.
(Photo: Kaupo Kikkas)