Debussy Violin Sonata, L140
Franck Violin Sonata in A major
Buxton Artist-in-Residence for 2019, Peter Donohoe CBE, gave his first public recital in Buxton. He made waves by securing the joint first prize at the 1982 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. He has recorded extensively, winning the Gramophone Magazine Concerto Recording of the year in 1988 for his recording of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No 2, and the Grand Prix du Disque for his recording of Liszt's Sonata in B minor in 1993. He has worked extensively with the CBSO and Sir Simon Rattle, a link which led to his appearance at Rattle’s inaugural concert as chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been awarded honorary doctorates by no fewer than seven UK universities.
For his second concert he is joined by violinist Alissa Margulis for two masterpieces of the French romantic repertoire.
Alissa Margulis was born in Germany into a family of Russian musicians. She was a prize-winner at numerous international competitions and was awarded the Pro Europa Prize of the European Arts Foundation, which was presented to her by Daniel Barenboim.
Their programme includes César Franck’s ever popular Sonata in A Major was composed as a wedding gift to the 31-year-old violin virtuoso Eugen Ysaÿe in September 1886, when the first performance took place.