4th April 2020 at 7.30pm

Linlithgow Academy Theatre

Viola and Piano

Tickets: Full £14, U26 £6


Ysaye: Poème Elégiaque

Vieuxtemps: Viola Sonata

Georges Hûe: Thème Varié

Franck: Violin Sonata


Lawrence Power is one of today’s foremost violists, in demand worldwide as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber music partner. His artistry and penetrating musicianship gains him constant plaudits around the world, reflected in turn in eloquent reviews: ‘no musician today better equipped to play than the minstrel-like Power’ (Financial Times), ‘Power seduces you permanently’ (Trouw), ‘Power is something more: a profound musical personality, his every phrase new and noteworthy’ (Sunday Times).

Over the past decade, he has become a regular guest performer with orchestras of the highest calibre, from the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Stockholm, Bergen and Warsaw Philharmonic orchestras to the Philharmonia, BBC Scottish Symphony and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras. In addition, as a guest soloist with the Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony orchestras, he has established a strong presence in Australia where he will return in 2018 to ‘play direct’ at the Australian National Academy of Music. Highlights in 2017-18 include his debut with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Staatsoper Kassel, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Daniel Hope at the Zurich Chamber Orchestra Season opening concert, as well as recitals in Dresden Music Festival, USA Savannah Festival and a concert series at London’s Kings Place.

Simon Crawford-Phillips has established an extraordinarily varied career as soloist, chamber musician and conductor.

Simon is a founding member of the Kungsbacka Piano Trio; most recently they have released two discs of Fauré chamber music for Naxos as well as performing throughout Europe. In 18/19 they begin a project to record all the Schumann piano trios for BIS. In 2014, his piano duo together with Philip Moore, also a long-standing partnership, premiered Steve Reich’s Quartet for two pianos and two vibraphones at the Southbank, Carnegie Hall NY (listed as one of “The Ten Best Classical Performances of 2014″ by New York Magazine), Kölner Philharmonie and Cité de la Musique Paris. Performances in 2015 included the Edinburgh International Festival, for which they received glowing five-star reviews.

In June 2010, Simon was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music. Previously he has held teaching positions at the Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and currently teaches at the Gothenburg Academy of Music and Drama.

Future plans as a pianist include regular performances at the Wigmore Hall and LSO St.Luke’s (both for BBC Radio 3) as well as festivals in Savannah, Santa Fe, Trondheim, Finland (RUSK), Verbier and tours of North America and Switzerland. In 2020 he will be embarking on a major European tour with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and Daniel Hope and from next season becomes a regular member of the Nash Ensemble.