Convent Live presents: Benjamin Baker and Ian Munro
Winner of the New York Concert Artists Competition, UK based violinist Benjamin Baker has established himself as one of the next generation’s leading violinists. Having performed concertos with all the major orchestras throughout Europe and North America, including recitals at Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Washington Centre, Benjamin Baker will perform at the Convent for one night only.
In this one-off Melbourne recital, he is joined by esteemed colleague and Australian master pianist, Ian Munro. The program showcases some of the finest conversation between violin, piano and composer, with sonatas by Mozart, Brahms and Janacek. This is a concert truly not to be missed.
W.A. Mozart – Violin Sonata K.303
Janacek – Violin Sonata JW VII/7
Brahms – Violin Sonata No.3 D minor op.108
Benjamin Baker, Violin
Born in 1990 in New Zealand, Benjamin studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music where he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Rose Bowl. He was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust in 2013 and in the same year won 1st Prize at the Windsor International Competition. Over the last year Benjamin has won 1st Prize at the 2016 Young Concert Artists auditions in New York and 3rd Prize at the Michael Hill Competition in New Zealand, establishing a strong international presence.
Engagements this season include debut recitals at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Merkin Concert Hall in New York, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany and 3 Palaces Festival in Malta. He returns to Wigmore Hall and undertakes tours of the US, China, Argentina and Chile.
Benjamin has given recitals at festivals across Europe including the Parnu, Steirisches Kammermusik, Gstaad, Klosters, Salisbury, Bath, Cheltenham, Buxton, Northern Chords and East Neuk Festivals. He has appeared as soloist with the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company and toured throughout New Zealand. In 2015 he released his first CD for Champs Hill Records which immediately went to No.12 in the Classical Charts.
Ian Munro, Piano
Ian Munro has emerged over recent years as one of Australia's most distinguished and awarded musicians, with a career that has taken him to thirty countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Australasia. His award in 2003 of Premier Grand Prix at the Queen Elisabeth International Competition for composers (Belgium) is a unique achievement for an Australian and follows on from multiple prizes in international piano competitions in Spain (Maria Canals), Italy (Busoni), Portugal (Vianna da Motta) and the UK, where his second prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 1987 established his international profile. He has served as a jury member of international piano competitions in Sydney, Switzerland (Clara Haskil) and New Zealand, as well as the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.
About Convent Live
This concert is presented as part of Convent Live, a year-round performing arts series of concerts and performances presented in the Convent’s signature intimate and unique venues. Convent Live is a chance to enjoy a diverse range of performances up close and personal with talented local, national and international performers. The Abbotsford Convent Foundation works in collaboration with a range of curators, thinkers and programmers. This concert was developed in collaboration with Chris Howlett, Convent Live’s classical music curatorial consultant.
This event is generously supported by Kawai as Piano Partner. The artists would like to thank the John and Jennifer Brukner Foundation.