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Farley Music Festival : Carson Becke (Piano)

Wednesday 19 June 2013 at 19:00

Carson_Becke_2Handel: Keyboard Suite no. 8 in F minor, HWV433
Brahms: Theme and Variations in D minor, op. 18a

R. Schumann: from Noveletten, op. 21:
no. 1 in F
no. 4 in D
no. 8 in F# minor


R. Schumann: Piano Sonata no. 3 in F minor

The Farley Music Festival 2013 – a feast of classical music in the charming setting of All Saints’ Church, Farley

All Saints’ Church, Farley, Salisbury SP5 1AH

Tickets (£15) on sale now from Salisbury Playhouse box office
01722 320333  or on-line

Carson Becke (b. 1989) has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician, including performances in Canada (National Arts Centre, Four Seasons Centre), England (the Wigmore Hall, St. Martin in the Fields, St. Georges Bristol, Steinway Hall, Winchester Cathedral), Scotland, Ireland (Canadian Embassy), Germany, Switzerland (Verbier Festival Academy), Poland, Latvia (National Radio) and Trinidad and Tobago.  For the past three summers he has been artist in residence and then artistic director of  “Festival Pontiac Enchante” in Luskville, Quebec.

Carson was born in Ottawa, Canada, and began learning the piano at the age of five with his Great Grandmother, Mary Mackey.  In 2005, he moved to the UK in order to study at the Purcell School of Music, where he studied piano with Ilana Davids and composition with Jonathan Cole.  After graduating from the Purcell School, he studied on scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Tatiana Sarkissova.  He completed his Bachelors degree in June 2011.

Since moving to the UK, Carson has won a number of awards and prizes, including the top prize in the S.V. Rachmaninov International Piano Competition (2006, Russia), 1st Prize in the BBC young composers of the year competition (2007), and the Harold Craxton Chamber Music Competition, Francis Earle, and Dorothy Bryant awards at the Royal Academy of Music.  He was also the recipient of a BBC performing arts fund bursary scholarship in 2007.

As a composer, his composition “Three Nocturnes for Orchestra” has been performed by the Purcell Symphony Orchestra in the UK, and the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra in Canada, and has also been heard on BBC Radio Three.  A smaller composition, “John Keats: On Death” was recorded by members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and has been performed in the BBC Proms.

Currently, Carson is living in London, England.

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