Boustany|Szram Duo: Embracing The Evolving Moment | Sunday, 31 January | 5:00PM
SUNDAY, 31 JANUARY 2021 - 5:00PM
The Boustany | Szram Duo share some of their favourite repertoire in three concert programmes that embody their commitment to two pivotal defining aspects of their music-making: Memory and Improvisation. The second programme features works by Joseph Jongen and Edward Gregson.
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SUNDAY, 31 JANUARY 2021 at 5:00PM
JOSEPH JONGEN | Sonata
One of only a few flutists to have launched a successful career as an international soloist, Wissam Boustany is a performer who inspires audiences with his energetic and communicative music-making. His flute has taken him on numerous tours to Europe, the Middle-East, Far East, USA and Latin America, where he continues to present many concerts, master-classes and workshops.
Born in Lebanon, Wissam Boustany began his musical studies in Beirut with his stepfather. He moved to Britain in 1977 where he studied at Chetham's School of Music & the Royal Northern College of Music. He has received many awards, notably the Silver Medal in the 1982 Madeira International Flute Competition and (in the same year) the woodwind prize in the Royal Overseas League Competition. He was also the Silver Medallist in the Shell/LSO Competition and won the 2nd prize in the woodwind section of the first 'BBC Young Musician of the Year'.
Wissam’s experiences of the war in Lebanon have greatly influenced his outlook on both Life and Music. In 1995 he founded Towards Humanity, a multi-decade international initiative working with musicians and charities, helping communities who suffer from the tragedies of war. This project was inaugurated in February 1995 at the Royal Albert Hall, London. In 1997 he was awarded a knighthood by the Lebanese government (Chevalier de l’Ordre du Cedre) in recognition of his music and peace work. On 3rd February 1998 he was presented with the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Embracing a wide repertoire, Wissam has developed a keen interest in introducing the music of today within the context of imaginative program planning, combining the innovative with the traditional. Amongst the composers who have written for him: Beat Furrer, Alun Hoddinott, Simon Holt, Tarek Younis, Carl Witt, Houtaf Khoury, Bushra el-Turk, Sian Bracey, Pierre Thilloy and Boghos Gelalian. He has also given the world premieres of Paul Reade's Concerto, Hotaf Khoury’s Mirror of Eternity, Walid Howrani's Life Cycle, Peter Cowdrey's Land of the Prophets and Carl Witt’s This Invisible World. As an orchestral musician, Wissam Boustany was closely associated with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Claudio Abbado in the early 1980s, with whom he appeared as soloist on the award winning Deutsche Grammophone recording of 'Il Viaggio a Rheims'. Five solo CDs are currently also available: Wandering Winds, Sounds from Within, Vivaldi’s Children, Mirror of Eternity and This Invisible World.
In recent years Wissam has fused his teaching which has become known as his ‘Method Called Love’ with a keen interest in conducting, which resulted in two tours with the Pro Youth Philharmonia. Wissam continues to use his music as a powerful healing force to open the doors of inspiration between people and nations, and help us reflect on our common humanity.
Aleksander Szram specialises in performing music of the 20th and 21st Centuries, and has released several albums of contemporary repertoire on the Prima Facie record label, including the Piano Concerto by Daryl Runswick, Inner Landscapes (Douglas Finch), A Land so Luminous (Kenneth Hesketh), and the album Aztec Dances with the recorder player Jill Kemp. He has recorded for Nimbus with the flautist Wissam Boustany, and given premieres of works by Frederic Rzewski, Dai Fujikura, Haris Kittos, Edward Gregson and David Bedford, among others.
As pianist in the ensemble Gemini, he has recorded three albums with Métier, including works by Jonathan Harvey, Sadie Harrison, Huw Watkins, Philip Grange, and the first recording of Mandala 3 by David Lumsdaine. As well as Gemini, Aleks has worked with Lontano and the Continuum Ensemble. He has performed in more than forty countries over six continents, and teaches piano, chamber music and academic studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where he is BMus Programme Leader and a Senior Teaching Fellow. He has appeared on BBC Radio3, Classic FM, Channel 4, and also on Colombian and Lebanese television. He is one of the few pianists who regularly performs chamber music from memory.