Saturday 25th February 2023 at 19.30hrs

Venue: TBA


Tickets: £15, U26 £6 or included in Season Ticket 2022-23. Children free.



Mozart: Andante mit Variationen in G major, KV 501

Von Weber: Huit Pièces, Op 60

Schubert: Rondo in A major for piano four hands, D951

Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye

Dodgson: Tournament for twenty fingers

Emma Abbate and Julian Perkins have given keyboard duet recitals at many prestigious UK venues including the Royal Opera House, St George’s Bristol and the Russell Collection. They have recently released the second volume of Mozart's complete piano duets on period instruments for Resonus Classics. This album has been highly praised by BBC Music Magazine. Their latest release, for BIS Records, is “Tournament for Twenty Fingers” featuring piano duets.

Described as 'an amazingly talented pianist' by Musica, and the ‘Neapolitan pianist’, Emma Abbate enjoys a demanding career as a piano accompanist and chamber musician. She works with some of the finest singers and instrumentalists of her generation and has performed in duo recitals for international festivals and concert societies internationally. Based in London, Emma is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, a staff coach at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and has taught at the Verbier Festival Academy. Following her graduation from the S. Pietro a Majella Conservatoire in Naples and an Advanced Diploma from the S. Cecilia Conservatoire in Rome, Emma studied in London at the Royal Academy of Music, from where she graduated with distinction. She was also awarded an Italian Literature and Culture degree cum laude from the Federico II University in Naples, and has been elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in recognition of her ‘significant contribution’ thus far to the music profession.

Julian Perkins enjoys a busy and varied career as both conductor and keyboard player. Described as 'exuberantly stylish' by the Sunday Times, he loves bringing his experience as a leading performer on period instruments to his work with both period instrument ensembles and modern orchestras and to singers of varied performing backgrounds. He is Artistic Director of Cambridge Handel Opera and the Founder Director of Sounds Baroque. As a keyboard player he performs regularly at the Salzburg Festival, Edinburgh International Festival and BBC Proms, and has given concerto performances with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Florilegium and the Orchestra of The Sixteen.

 Julian read music at Cambridge University, before pursuing advanced studies at the Schola Cantorum, Basle, the Royal Academy of Music, London, and privately with conductor David Parry and harpsichordist Trevor Pinnock.