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Timothy & Emilia
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Violinist Timothy Chua and pianist Emilia De Geer present a rich programme of French and ‘French-adjacent’ duo works culminating with a performance of Claude Debussy’s mercurial violin sonata. 

The 1917 premiere of Debussy’s last completed work would also prove to be the composer’s last public performance before he ultimately succumbed to cancer at the age of 58. Despite his ill health and the backdrop of the First World War against which it was written, the piece teems with vitality and more than its fair share of Debussy’s enigmatic and quiet humour.  

This concert showcases the musical context of this work, featuring a range of pieces written for the violin in Paris. Chua and De Geer will guide the audience through chamber works written by Debussy’s friends and colleagues, as well as some more unexpected pairings, before rounding off the evening with the forward-looking Violin Sonata.
 

Performers

Emilia De Geer - Piano
 
Swedish-Scottish pianist Emilia De Geer is a doctoral student at the Royal College of Music working under the supervision of Prof. Richard Langham Smith and Dr. Christina Guillaumier. Her research focuses on the music of Claude Debussy and its role in the cultural and social landscape of the time. Emilia’s thesis will investigate the influence of British art and literature on the composer’s music and Franco-Belgian Symbolism.
 
Before embarking on her doctoral studies, Emilia studied piano performance with Prof. Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, also working closely with Prof. Paul Roberts. She holds a BMus and an MPerf in Classical Piano, graduating with First Class Honours in 2022, and has won scholarships from Help Musicians UK, the Craxton Memorial Trust, and Riddarhuset.
 
She has been fortunate to work in projects and masterclasses with Marin Alsop, Richard Goode, Dame Imogen Cooper, and Steven Osborne, among others. Aside from classical music, Emilia has ventured into both jazz and folk music, spending several years as the pianist for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland and performing in venues across the UK. 
 

Timothy Chua - Violin

Timothy began his musical journey with the piano at age 4, moving on to the violin at age 7. He gained a place at the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School and later furthered his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His teachers include Simon Fischer, Alexander Janiczek. He has also had the privilege of having masterclasses with world renowned violinists such as Christian Tetzlaff, Nikolaj Znaider and Gordan Nikolić. While at the Guildhall, he won scholarships from the Bratza Memorial Award and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.

Timothy has performed as soloist at the Wigmore Hall and in festivals such as the Menuhin Festival, Gstaad, Switzerland, Les Flaneries Musicale de Reims, France and Windsor Festival, UK, as well as many of the distinguished concert venues in the UK. He is an active chamber musician and has performed in many of the UK’s leading concert halls as well as in Europe and Asia. As an orchestral musician, he has worked with the LSO under Sir Simon Rattle, and performed live on BBC Radio 3. Timothy has won awards such as 1st Prize in the Ernest Bloch International Music Competition.
 

Programme

Mozart - Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 23 in D, K.306
- I.    Allegro con spirito 
- II.    Andantino cantabile
- III.    Allegretto 

Fauré - Andante in B flat, Op. 75

Ysaye - Rêve d'enfant, Op. 14

Chaminade - Capriccio, Op. 18

Manuel de Falla - Suite Populaire Espagnole 
- I.    El Pano moruno (Le drap mauresque)
- II.    Nana (Berceuse) 
- III.    Canción (Chanson)
- IV.    Polo
- V.    Asturiana (Asturienne)
- VI.    Jota 

Debussy - Violin Sonata in G Minor, L148
- I.    Allegro vivo
- II.    Intermède: Fantastique et léger
- III.    Finale: Très animé