Programme (on occasion, the artists may make minor changes to the published programme)
Bach Solo Violin Sonata No 1 in G minor BWV 1001
César Franck Sonata in A major
Ysaÿe Unaccompanied Violin Sonata No 3 in D minor 'Ballade'
Wieniawski Polonaise in D Op. 4
Wieniawski Scherzo Tarantella Op. 16
Brahms Sonata No 3 in D minor Op. 108
Violinist, Iona Brown will be well known to local music audiences, having played with the Royal Northern Sinfonia since 1995. As well as her busy RSN role as principal first violin, Iona guests with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Hallé, and performs concertos and recitals as a soloist. She also teaches privately, is a principal tutor at the Centre for Advanced Training at the Sage Gateshead and teaches for Durham and Newcastle universities.
Iona's programme will start with unaccompanied Bach and continue with Franck’s virtuosic sonata for violin and piano, originally written for the Polish violinist, Eugène Ysaÿe. Fittingly, our programme will continue with Ysaÿe’s own Ballade from his own solo violin sonata No 3, followed by two works by his pupil Henryk Wieniawski before concluding with Brahms’ last sonata for violin and piano.
Iona's frequent recital partner, David Murray is another stalwart of the North East musical scene. He has worked as Head of Keyboard Studies at Newcastle University since 2002 where he enjoys developing the next generation of pianists.