Romantic & 20th Century Cello, Sunday 8 June, 7pm

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Romantic & 20th Century Cello, Sunday 8 June, 7pm

St John’s are pleased to welcome Zosia Jagodzinska and Leo Nicholson, who will be performing Hindemith’s Solo Sonata for Cello, OP.25, NO.3 and Rachmaninoff’s Sonata for Cello and Piano.

Doors open 6.30pm, Concert 7.00pm

Entry Free

After graduating from the University of Oxford with a 1st class degree in Music, Zosia Jagodzinska specialized in solo cello and composition studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, studying with Ursula Smith and Stefan Popov. She will complete her Masters degree in solo performance later this month. During her studies she has won various awards and prizes, including a Countess of Munster Award, Ruth Waddell Prize for String Players, Guildhall School of Music and Drama scholarship, Christ Church performance scholarship, North London Festival Silver Medal (concerto prize) and was a finalist in the prestigious Muriel Taylor Scholarship for Advanced Cellists. She has performed in masterclasses for world class cellists Gregor Horsch, Alban Gerhardt, Raphael Wallfisch and Alexander Baillie and last year won a scholarship to study on the solo course at the Lake District International Summer Music Academy.
She is currently enjoying a broad and varied performing and recording career, spanning contemporary classical, pop and folk musics. She has been newly appointed as the principal cellist of award winning composer Phil Meadow’s ‘Engine’s orchestra’, a groundbreaking new orchestra fusing jazz, improvisation and world musics.
As a composer and songwriter, her atmospheric and emotive songs for cello, piano and voice have been garnering international attention from record labels and increasing demand for a debut EP to be recorded and released this year, along with headline performing slots in venues across London and Europe. Her songs and original soundtracks were used in films by emerging British directors Tim Porter and Oliver Guy Watkins in 2013 and 2014.

Leo Nicholson studied at the Purcell School, the Junior Royal Northern College of Music, and with Douglas Finch and the late Yonty Solomon at Trinity Laban. At Trinity, Leo won the John Longmire Beethoven Competition, the Alfred Kitchen Chopin Competition, and represented Trinity in the BPSE Intercollegiate Beethoven Competition. He graduated with First Class Honours and achieved the highest mark ever awarded to a pianist in his final recital, along with a Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Leo maintains his childhood links with Sheffield – he performed the Grieg Piano Concerto with the City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra in 2009, and Bartok’s 2nd Concerto with the University of Sheffield Symphony Orchestra in May 2010.

Leo is also a much sought-after accompanist, and has returned to Trinity as a faculty member, primarily accompanying singers and wind players. With flautist Rosanna Ter-Berg, saxophonist Anthony Brown, and many others, Leo has performed at the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Kings Place and numerous music societies, under the auspices of Park Lane Group and Making Music. Leo frequently works as a soloist, choral accompanist and in musical theatre.