Intimate Engagements Concert: Alexander Karpeyev & Michael Foyle

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Saturday 13 November 2021, 7.30pm
Clare Hall Dining Room

Join us for Clare Hall's first Intimate Engagements concert of 2021/22, with a captivating evening of music featuring Alexander Karpeyev on piano and Michael Foyle on violin (the latter artist kindly standing in for Natalia Lomeiko).

This concert puts in perspective two major works of the violin and piano literature. Beethoven’s Kreutzer sonata needs little introduction, as it is one of the most famous works of the composer. Following this, Prokofiev's 2nd sonata will lift our spirits.

Nikolai Medtner, who died 70 years ago in London, and whose anniversary this concert celebrates, is gradually emerging as a major figure of twentieth-century music. Once recognised by Rachmaninoff as the greatest composer of his time, he then fell into neglect, defended only by a handful of musicians who dared to confront the status quo. The younger generation has now embraced his music, and it will be a pleasure to see Alexander Karpeyev tackling two of his pieces, in a concert that will be a fascinating opening to this year’s series.


-Beethoven: Kreutzer sonata

- Prokofiev's 2nd sonata

-Medtner: two short pieces

Tickets: £15 General Admission, £10 Clare Hall/CURS graduated members, £5 students and children.

Tickets have sold out. If you need to cancel, please do so via Eventbrite.

Why not arrive early and explore our beautiful exhibition by Mark Cazalet?

About the musicians

Alexander Karpeyev:

Featured as ‘One to watch’ in International Piano magazine, Alexander is a Russian pianist resident in the UK, who has performed throughout the UK and Europe and toured in the USA, Canada and Russia as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.

Karpeyev trained at the Moscow Conservatory with Vera Gornostayeva and Alexander Mndoyants and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama under Joan Havill. He is the winner of the Dudley International Piano Competition as well as the Norah Sande Award and the holder of a Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians. In 2014 he completed a performance practice doctoral degree at the City University, based on the Edna Iles Medtner Collection at the British Library. Karpeyev is often asked to give masterclasses and lectures on Russian performing practice.

‘Sasha’ is passionate about communicating his ideas on Romantic 19th and early 20th-century piano repertoire, and in particular exploring the works of virtuoso pianist-composers. A Medtner specialist, he became deeply immersed in Medtner’s music and approach to music-making while working on his doctoral degree, and his contact with unique performing practice evidence informs his own playing. In 2019 he gave the Algerian premiere of Chopin’s F minor Concerto with the Algerian National Opera Orchestra under Maestro Amine Kouider.

He devotes considerable time to promoting Russian music in London as the Music Curator of the Pushkin House Music Salon in Bloomsbury, where he appears both as a soloist and collaborator with guest artists. He also has a mission to devise and direct music festivals that imaginatively combine performance and scholarship.

Michael Foyle:

Praised for playing of ‘compelling conviction’ (The Daily Telegraph) and performances ‘full of sparkling detail, with tonal beauty and incisive rhythmic clarity, balancing wit and poetry’ (The Strad), Michael Foyle launched his career by winning The Netherlands Violin Competition 2016. His performance of Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No.1 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra led to an immediate invitation to give his debut recital in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.

His London debut followed with a recital at the Wigmore Hall (‘superlative’ – Seen and Heard International) and since then he has performed recitals in the UK’s most prestigious venues, including Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Buckingham Palace, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Bridgewater Hall and Usher Hall, regularly being broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Recent concerto appearances include with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Mozart), English Chamber Orchestra (Prokofiev), Polish Baltic Philharmonic in Gdansk (Elgar), Youth Symphony Orchestra of Russia (Brahms) and a return to the Rotterdam Philharmonic (Korngold). He gives recitals at festivals worldwide, including St Magnus International Festival, New York Chamber Music Festival, Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, Cervantino Festival (Mexico) and Evgeny Mravinsky Festival (St Petersburg).

In 2018-19 he released his debut CDs, ‘The Great War Centenary - Debussy, Janacek and Respighi Sonatas’ on Challenge Records and ‘Lutoslawski and Penderecki: Complete Violin and Piano Works’ on Delphian Records, both to critical acclaim (‘vividly and beautifully conceived and executed – BBC Music Magazine, ‘richly detailed and impassioned performances’ - The Daily Telegraph, ‘a dream debut, 10/10’ – Luister, ’an extraordinary release, played phenomenally’ – Stretto). In 2020-21, he is releasing the Complete Beethoven Sonatas with pianist Maksim Stsura to mark the composer's 250th anniversary.

Alongside his varied performance work, which includes Trio Balthasar and Guest-Concertmaster appearances at BBC Symphony and The Halle, Michael is Professor of Violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London (the youngest appointed in the institution's 200-year history) and at the Hochschule fur Musik und Tanz in Cologne.

He plays a Gennaro Gagliano violin (1750) on loan.

About Intimate Engagements

This much-loved series started in 2006 under the artistic direction of Abigail Dolan, and has earned a reputation in the musical life of Cambridge for its thoughtful programming, and for the high quality of performances, which have showcased internationally-known musicians including Emma Kirkby, Charles Owen and Alina Ibragimova.

Useful information for attendees

  • Accessibility details: full step-free access, accessible toilet, lift.
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For any queries ahead of the evening, please email Rashel Pakbaz, the Music Committee’s Administrator, via