MEGIDDO & THOMSON
Sunday 16 May 4 pm
Warkworth Town Hall
Inbal Megiddo - cello
Rachel Thomson - piano
Manuel de FALLA | Suite Populaire Espagnole
Salina FISHER | Mono no aware
Clara SCHUMANN | Three Romances, op 22
Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH | “Adagio” & “Springtime Waltz” from The Limpid Stream
Nadia BOULANGER | Three Pieces for Cello & Piano
Johannes BRAHMS | Sonata no 2 in F, op 99
Inbal Megiddo and Rachel Thomson offer a delightful programme demonstrating the breadth of expression and depth of emotion found in the cello-piano repertoire. Cello Romance presents music that comes from the heart. Full of contrasting emotions and moods, it explores the musical and personal relationships between five well-known composers.
Inbal Megiddo (cello) has performed as soloist with many of the great orchestras and in major concert halls around the world, including recitals at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Staatsoper in Berlin, and concerto performances with the Berlin Symphony at the Philharmonie. Maestro Zubin Mehta describes her as “an extremely talented, very musical musician.” At her New York debut at the Lincoln Center her playing was hailed by the press as having “magical expression and technical expertise.” She has a “warm lustrous communicative way... the performance was sincerity personified!”
Rachel Thomson (piano) was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, and grew up in Wellington where she began her piano studies with her mother. She went on to study with Judith Clark, graduating from Victoria University of Wellington before continuing her studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music in the United States, where she gained a doctorate in piano performance. Rachel is a member of various chamber ensembles including the Koru Trio and has worked as an orchestral pianist with the NZSO, Orchestra Wellington, and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. She has been a national recording artist for Concert FM and recorded for Trust Records with flautist Bridget Douglas, and she is active as a teacher, adjudicator and accompanist.