Friday lunchtime recitals by students from Manchester's internationally renowned Royal Northern College of Music.
Programme to include works by Beethoven, Messiaen, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev.
Brian Low Rhung Wei is a Malaysian-born pianist currently under the tutelage of Prof Helen Krizos at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Having taken formal piano lessons from the age of 7, Brian went on to further his music studies at Wells Cathedral School, Somerset, at age 10 with a full scholarship as a specialist musician, where he studied piano with Head of Keyboard, Prof. John Byrne.
At the RNCM Brian was awarded the Fund Prize in 2017, and both the Patricia Cunliffe and Marjorie Clementi Memorial Awards for Keyboard Studies in 2018 for achieving the highest mark in his end-of-year recitals in years 1 and 2. Brian was also awarded Runner-Up in the Pendle Young Musicians' Bursary 2018 and 'Best Beethoven Performance' and 3rd prize at the II Future Stars International Competition 2018. During his first year at the RNCM, Brian was a finalist in the college Chopin Prize competition in 2017. Brian had the opportunity of performing the Mendelssohn Concerto at Wells Cathedral, Somerset, in July 2016 alongside the Wells Cathedral School Symphony Orchestra with renowned Dutch conductor Jac van Steen, having won the school’s Concerto Competition the year before. The year 2015 saw Brian receiving two discretionary 'Most Outstanding Pianist' prizes, having won the top two categories of the Mid-Somerset Festival in Bath, and for being the youngest pianist selected for the semi-finals of the Bromsgrove International Competition in Worcestershire at the age of 17.
Brian Low appears by kind permission of the RNCM.
This Coffee Concert commemorates the legacy of David and Rowena Hammond whose generous gift enabled Buxton Opera House to purchase the Yamaha grand piano being used by Brian Low today.