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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.
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.
Strauss Violin Sonata in E Flat Major 28'
Debussy Violin Sonata 12'
Kreisler Berceuse Romantique 4'