PETER DONOHOE

Peter Donohoe is a name familiar to concert-goers both locally and internationally. Peter won many competition prizes culminating in the 1982 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, since when he has built an extraordinary world-wide career. He is acclaimed as one of the foremost pianists of our time, for his musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding technique.


Peter appeared with the SSO in the early days of his career and was even once persuaded to fill a gap by playing off-stage bells in Symphonie Fantastique following a concerto performance! We are delighted and honoured to welcome him back to open the season.

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THERE’S A FANTASTIC MIX OF ESTABLISHED AND YOUNG, EMERGING SOLOISTS PERFORMING WITH THE SSO THIS COMING YEAR.  

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MAXIM CALVER

British cellist Maxim Calver made his concerto debut in Symphony Hall, Birmingham as part of the Grand Final of BBC Young Musician 2018. His performance of Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mark Wigglesworth was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and BBC4. Earlier in the competition he won the Strings Category Final performing works by Lutoslawski, Brahms and Stravinsky.

Maxim, from Gorleston-on-Sea, is a pupil at the Yehudi Menuhin School where he has been a student of Thomas Carroll for ten years. In September, Maxim takes up an RCM scholarship to continue his studies at the Royal College of Music with Melissa Phelps. He has participated in masterclasses with leading cellists including Steven Isserlis, Heinrich Schiff, Julian Lloyd Webber, Paul Katz and Guy Johnston.

Maxim plays an Alberto Aloysius cello, dated 1906.


SLAVA SIDORENKO

Ukrainian pianist, Slava Sidorenko joins us for the final concert of the season. With appearances in the Ukraine, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the UK, Slava has won first prize in numerous piano competitions. Slava met his future duet partner and wife, Russian cellist Svetlana Mochalova at the Royal Northern College of Music.  Together they have performed at venues including the Purcell Room, the Barbican, Wigmore Hall and Glastonbury. As part of their mission to engage with audiences in a more imaginative way, they’ve developed their own Sveta & Slava app, allowing concert-goers to see their Music a la Carte menu and vote for the pieces the duo will perform. Their debut CD, ‘Rachmaninoff’, was released in January 2018.

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JENNIFER PIKE

Stockport local, Jennifer Pike, is renowned for her "dazzling interpretative flair and exemplary technique”, and has taken the musical world by storm with her unique artistry and compelling insight into music from the Baroque to the present day. In demand all over the world, she is known as an artist of exceptional integrity and depth, with her ability to "hold an audience spellbound" .

Jennifer first gained international recognition in 2002, when she became the youngest-ever winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year and the youngest major prizewinner in the Menuhin International Violin Competition. At 15 she made her acclaimed débuts at the BBC Proms where she has since appeared many times. She was recently invited to become an ambassador for the Prince's Trust and Foundation for Children and the Arts, and patron of the Lord Mayor's City Music Foundation.

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HANNAH FOSTER

Edinburgh-born Hannah began the flute at the age of eight, making her concerto debut at sixteen, with the Nielsen Concerto as part of the Edinburgh Competition Festival.  In 2014 she won the Abingdon Concerto Competition 2014, and the British Flute Society School Performer Prize and was a Woodwind Category Finalist in BBC Young Musician that year. She performed at the British Flute Society’s 2014 Annual Convention.  In 2016, Hannah won the Edinburgh Concerto Competition with the Reinecke Flute Concerto and won second place in the British Flute Society's Young Artist Competition. She was a semi-finalist in the Stockport competition in 2017 and  is currently studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

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SIMON BEESLEY

Born in 1960 in Nuneaton, Simon started playing the oboe at the age of ten. He entered the Royal Northern College of Music to study with Richard Simpson in 1978. Whilst at the College he gave the world premier of the Oboe Concerto by Guy Woolfenden at the Edinburgh Festival.   The work was written for Simon and we are delighted to have him perform it again with us this year.

Simon enjoyed several years of playing with leading orchestras,opera and ballet companies, including the Halle, the RLPO, Manchester Camerata, Northern Ballet and Opera North before turning his talents to the world of IT.

Simon is co-principal oboe with both the Stockport Symphony Orchestra and the Cheshire Sinfonia.