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Musician-in-Residence’s recitals prove popular

During this uncertain period, music is more valuable than ever in its capacity to calm, inspire and uplift us. It brings us together, too…

In 2021 so far, many members of the University community and people across the world have tuned in to Clare Hall’s live-streamed recitals by pianist Patrick Hemmerlé, our Musician-in-Residence.

Schumann & Liszt

On Saturday 9th January, Patrick shared a recital of Robert Schumann: Fantasy in C major, followed by Franz Liszt: Sonata in B minor, and the performance has so far been viewed over 2,500 times.

If you missed the performance, you can catch up via the video below:

Godowsky, Albeniz & Ravel

Since then, on Saturday 23rd January we welcomed an enthusiastic audience to Patrick’s recital of 20th-century Triptychs, featuring pieces by Leopold Godowsky, Isaac Albeniz, and Maurice Ravel.

One listener commented, “Thoroughly enjoyable Patrick, and so great to bring this community together. Thank you!”

Enjoy this performance via the following video:

About the musician

Acclaimed for the originality of his programmes and the depth of his interpretations, Hemmerlé is a French pianist living in Cambridge. He can often be heard performing such works as the 24 Chopin Etudes, the 48 Bach Preludes and Fugues, or lesser-known composers such as Jean Roger-Ducasse and Maurice Emanuel, whose public reputation has yet to rise to their worth. Recent pre-pandemic engagements have taken him to New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, and Prague, as well as many festivals and music societies in England. He has published 3 CDs, which have been well received by the international press. His vast musicological knowledge, and his capacity to clarify complex musical concepts means that he is in demand as a lecturer.

Hemmerlé is laureate of the international competitions of Valencia, Toledo, Epinal, Grossetto, and more recently the CFRPM, in Paris, where his interpretation of Villa-Lobos’s Rudepoema, raised a great deal of interest. Patrick was trained in Paris at the Conservatoire (CNR), under the tuition of Billy Eidi. He has also had lessons with Ventsislav Yankoff, Eric Heidsieck and Joaquin Soriano.

You can listen to a series of talks by the pianist via YouTube — here’s the first, on Beethoven Sonata opus 109, part 1

Head to Clare Hall’s website for a full list of upcoming events

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