L. van Beethoven: Violin Sonata No.8 in G major, Op.30 no.3
C. Debussy, arr. Jascha Heifetz: Beau soir
G. Enescu: Impressions d'Enfance Suite, Op. 28
Cost: free (donations accepted)
Preston Yeo is a British prize-winning violinist who has won audience acclaim as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. Recent solo appearances include Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Southampton University Symphony Orchestra and Penzance Orchestral Society; sold-out lunchtime recitals at St James’s Piccadilly, London; and a live broadcast at Peleș Castle for Romanian media. He has also performed in chamber ensembles in London (Wigmore Hall, LSO St Luke’s, St Martin-in-the-Fields) and Florence (Italy).
Preston was selected for advanced orchestral training under the 2019/20 LSO String Experience Scheme; other highlights include leading the Academy Symphony Orchestra side-by-side with the Czech Philharmonic, directed by Semyon Bychkov and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3; and performing for the opening of the Susie Sainsbury Theatre, attended by HRH The Princess Royal and The Duchess of Gloucester.
Currently a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music, Preston is supported by the Tillett and Colin Keer Trusts, and Help Musicians. He is also grateful for the Helen Worswick Scholarship, which has generously continued to support his artistic development over the past several years. Having recently attained First-Class Honours for his Bachelor of Music at the Academy, he was also awarded the Homi Kanga Memorial Prize, DM Lloyd Prize, and John Waterhouse Prize. Preston plays the Nicolò Gagliano c.1746 violin, kindly on loan from the Academy
Daniel King Smith has given concerts all over the world as both soloist and accompanist. He has been broadcast on both BBC TV/Radio in the UK (In Tune, Proms, Young Musician of the Year) and NHK TV/Radio in Japan, most recently in recital with Yuki Ito as part of NHK’s “Best of Classic” and “Classic Club” series. Daniel has recorded a number of CDs, including releases with Yuki Ito for Sony and with Anna Hashimoto on the Meridian label.
As soloist Daniel’s extensive concerto repertoire has lead to many concerts in the UK and around Europe and he has frequently been a featured Solo Classical Artist on many Cruise lines around the world. Accompaniment and chamber music are a major part of Daniel’s life, having held staff accompanist posts at both Royal College of Music and Royal Academy of Music Junior Departments and at the Purcell School. He regularly accompanies auditions, lessons, masterclasses and end of year recitals at the London conservatoires as well as being official accompanist for the Countess of Munster Trust. Daniel gives recitals every year with a number of people who have been accepted onto the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme as well as both the Tillett Trust and Making Music Recital Schemes. He is also official accompanist for the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists competition.
Daniel is often resident pianist on summer music courses including the British Isles Music Festival and Musicale. He has given recitals with Michael Collins, Carmel Kaine, Susan Milan, Robert Max, Yuki Ito and Anna Hashimoto, amongst many others and is a member of the Ridgeway Ensemble.