• 11th Jan 2022
  • 1:00pm
  • £0.00

about this event

Join us for a lunchtime recital which sees James Chen (violin), recipient of the Philharmonia’s MMSF Instrumental Fellowship, and Rob Hao (piano) perform a series of a captivating duets. The romantic lyricism of Strauss' sonata for violin and piano, written when the composer was 24 years old, shines throughout the work while demanding a high level of technical proficiency from both performers. This is strongly juxtaposed with Debussy's sonata for violin and piano where the sensitive impressionist harmonies contrast sharply to the sounds of Strauss. To finish off the recital, Kreisler's salon work Berceuse Romantique reminds us of the early French impressionist sounds heard in Debussy's sonata previously, being written just one year apart. 

Rob Hao:

Currently based in London, pianist and composer Rob Hao has performed an extensive range of repertoire from Bach to Boulez in Australia and across Europe. Born in New Zealand, Rob was raised in Sydney and gave his first concerto performance in 2016. He currently studies at the Royal College of Music as a double major in composition and piano.

In 2022, Rob will give his inaugural solo tour of Australia, including a solo recital debut under the sails of the Sydney Opera House (postponed from 2021) and as an avid supporter of contemporary music, he will also give the Australian premiere of Nicholas Vines’s fifty minute suite, Indie Ditties.

James Chen:

Currently twenty two years old, Australian violinist James Chen is completing his fourth year of undergraduate studies. He has performed internationally with his most recent solo recital at the Talent Music Festival in Italy. He has appeared in MusicAlp Festival and Weimar Masterclasses recently and has also undertaken masterclasses with Augustin Hadelich, Yuzuko Horigome, Joel Smirnoff, Midori, Dong-Suk Kang, Gyorgy Pauk and Roman Simovic. He is an MMSF Fellow with the Philharmonia Orchestra from 2021-2023 and has been a part time violinist and a fellow for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2018. James attends the Royal Academy of Music on a full scholarship supported by the ‘Richard and Suresh MacMillan Scholarship’ and plays on a violin made by Giovanni Francesco Pressenda in1847 on loan from the Academy.


Strauss Violin Sonata in E Flat Major       28'

Debussy Violin Sonata                             12'

Kreisler Berceuse Romantique                 4'

The MMSF Instrumental Fellowship Programme is supported by the Eranda Rothschild Foundation, The Sidney Perry Foundation, The Oliver Green Memorial Trust, The Emanuel Hurwitz Charitable Trust.


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