Julia Klimek (piano)
Sunday 4 September 2022:
5:30pm: St Michael and All Angels Church, Adbaston, ST20 0QE
Sonata in B minor, op.1, No.9, HWV367b (1730) Georg Frederick Handel
A tempo di minuet
Concertino in D major, op.107 (1905) Cécile Chaminade
Interval (25 mins)
Sonata No.24 in F, KV 376 (1770s) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sonatine for Flute and Piano (1943) by Henri Dutilleux
Iconic Women in Flute History
celebrates four female flautists of the 18th and 20th Centuries who became leading artists in the historically male-dominated field. Motivated to push boundaries, these women have profoundly shaped the flute world into what it is today. In 18th Century Europe, Marianne Davies was a prodigious British multi-instrumentalist and singer and in France, Johanne Sophie Mudrich was a pioneering professional flautist. In 20th Century America, Frances Blaisdell was the first female flute soloist to perform with the New York Philharmonic (1932) and compatriot Doriot Anthony Dwyer was Boston Symphony Orchestra’s solo flute 1952-1990; both were highly influential teachers for many years.
All opened doors and paved the way for many imaginative and outstanding contemporary female flute players, who continue to uncover and challenge the possibilities of the instrument, enchanting audiences, and inspiring leading composers. The works presented in this programme pay tribute to each of these iconic female pioneers and showcase the versatility of the instrument from the early 1800’s through the 20th Century.
The Flute Sonata in B minor, op.1, No.9, HWV367b is Handel’s most grandiose and complex work published for the flute. Originally written for recorder and keyboard in D minor, it was transposed to B minor for the flute in 1730, omitting two of the seven movements. The Sonata is performed today in its entirety and holds significance as one of the most remarkable baroque works composed for the flute. Marianne Davies’ concert programmes showed a clear affinity for the music of Handel, often including his harpsichord concertos in her public performances.
Cécile Chaminade’s Concertino was commissioned in 1902 for the Paris Conservatoire’s annual flute competition and, three years later, she arranged it for the London debut of American flute-player Marguerite de Forest Anderson. Leading flautists around the world have played and taught this work ever since. Blaisdell was an admirer of Chaminade’s work and performed this piece in her successful audition for the Juilliard School of Music.
Mozart composed his KV 376 Sonata No.24 in F major in the late 1770’s, at the time Mlle Mudrich was active as a performer. The composition was published in 1781 in a collection titled “Six Sonatas for piano with the accompaniment of a violin by the sufficiently well-known and famous Herr Wolfgang Amadee Mozart, Op 2.” Although the Sonata is not originally composed for the flute, it suits the character of the instrument and highlights vividly interpretations of Mozart works. Translating the work for the flute reflects the culture of transcription that was prevalent in the 18th Century and evokes the atmosphere of the late 18th and early 19th Century salons, bringing the listener into the musical world of Johanne Mudrich.
The Sonatine for Flute and Piano is an early Henri Dutilleux work (1943), commissioned as one of four test pieces for the Paris Conservatoire’s annual flute competition. It consists of three movements: Allegretto, followed by an Andante and a closing Animé section. The Sonatine became a central piece of Dwyer’s and others’ flute repertoire and is the most recorded of all Dutilleux’s compositions.
Dr Noemi Gyori is a London-based, Hungarian flautist who plays regularly as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician all over the world, also pursuing successful careers as an international recording artist and as a pedagogue. After graduating with honours from the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, she completed postgraduate studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, studying with Henrik Prőhle, Barbara Gisler-Haase and András Adorján. She is the first flautist to gain a PhD in Flute Performance from the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Amongst many awards, Noemi received the European Culture Prize for Young Artists (2011), the Career Prize of the Salon de Virtuosi Foundation New York (2012) and the Performers’ Prize of the Artisjus Music Foundation Hungary (2006, 2009). She has been principal flute of the Jewish Chamber Orchestra Munich for more than a decade and has played as a guest member in the BBC Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic (Vienna State Opera). Other current projects include the Octandre Ensemble in London, Noemi Studio Masterclasses in London and Budapest, and her debut with the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra.
Dr Gyori is Associate Tutor in flute at The Royal Northern College of Music, Tutor at the Junior RNCM and at The University of Manchester. She has given masterclasses in three continents and has recorded for broadcast with the ORF, Deutschlandfunk, BRF, BBC, WQXR New York, Hungarian Radio, Arte and Mezzo TV. Her recordings – Antonio Nava: Flute and Guitar Duos (2011), Glowing Sonorities (2016), Transforming Traditions (2019), Haydn and Mozart Quartets (2020), and Romantic & Virtuoso Music for two flutes and piano (Rubicon, 2022) – have received international critical acclaim.
Noemi is a Miyazawa Flutes Artist, performing on a LaFin headjoint and a 14K gold Boston flute, sponsored by the Solti and Philip Loubser Foundations.
Polish-British pianist Julia Klimek was recently described as ‘flamboyant’ by The Guardian after her debut at the world-renown Wigmore Hall, performing Clara Schumann’s Song Cycle. She marked the Weinberg Centenary at the University of Manchester and has performed alongside cellists Adrian Brendel, Mats Lindstrom and Alex Klein.
In 2020, Julia graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with Distinction, in addition to winning two institutional prizes - DipRAM for outstanding performance in a final recital and the Regency Award in recognition of a consistently exceptional level of achievement. While at the Academy, she initiated the Student Union Choir which she conducted in both classical and jazz repertoire.
She has appeared in masterclasses with Maxim Vengerov, Steven Isserlis, Helmut Deutsch, William Bennett and at the Penderecki European Music Centre, also being invited to give recitals in Warsaw, Lvov and in Calgary in Canada.
Aside from her concert career as an international chamber musician based in London, she is honoured to hold the Artistic Advisor and Head of Piano Adjudication position at the Rococo Elite Musicians Competition in Hong Kong. She is also the founder of “ISH Concerts” series in London.
A special sensitivity to music making is supported by her passion for painting, poetry, and ballet, which enriches her as a chamber musician, pianist and conductor. She is a passionate advocate of late 19th and 20th-century repertoire.