10th Series of Brilliant Young International Musicians: Harry Fox (piano) Alisa Liubarskaya (cello)
October 31 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm£9.00 – £13.00
Young Steinway Artist Harry Nowakowski-Fox is one of the most notable British Pianists of his generation. He has rapidly established an exciting career as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist, having performed internationally at concerts, competitions and chamber music festivals in Austria, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Spain, Switzerland the UK and the United States. Performances at prestigious London venues include St Martins in the Fields, St John Smiths Square, Victoria and Albert Museum, Fairfield Halls, and Wigmore Hall. In 2016 he gave his debut recital in Moscow performing works by Bach, Schumann & Chopin.
Of Polish and Finish descent Harry was born in the UK and started playing the piano at the age of 5. His progress was quickly noticed which led to being accepted to Chetham’s school of Music in Manchester at the age of 8 to study with the head of keyboard at the time, Nigel Pitceathly. Shortly afterwards he appeared on a television documentary about laying the technical foundations of piano playing for young students. When he was 13, he gave his concerto debut performing Grieg’s Piano concerto in A minor.
In 2003 Harry continued his studies with Ilana Davids at the Purcell School of Music and went on to gain a full scholarship at the Royal College of Music in London.
Major successes include a live broadcast from New York´s Manhattan School of music for the 2008 Singapore Digital Media Festival, special prize at the Jaques Samuel Intercollegiate Piano Competition & 1st Prize in the concerto class at the Marlow Music Festival. Whilst at Trinity College of Music Harry won the opportunity to perform Chopin´s 1st piano concerto in the United States and was also the 2010 winner of the Derek Butler London prize, held in London´s Wigmore Hall.
Harry graduated as a Kendall-Taylor Scholar of the Masters in Performance course at the Royal College of Music in 2013, where he was studying under Professor Dina Parakhina. Shortly afterwards he was named as a Young Steinway Artist and won the special prize at the Valletta International Piano competition. He was also the 2015 Grand Prize winner at the Windsor International Piano Competition. In 2016 Harry signed a recording contract with the label KNS Classical and released his first solo recording, an all Schumann disc.
A keen chamber musician and concerto performer Harry collaborates regularly with talented instrumentalists in a wide-ranging variety of ensembles. In 2017 he founded the Harry & Alisa Recital duo with his wife, the Cellist Alisa Liubarskaya. They have since performed a series of concerts in the UK, Greece, Valetta, Paris & Rome.
Their first recording as a duo, Sonatas by Schubert, Brahms and Schnittke, was released in Autumn 2019 on the label Grand Empirical.
Alisa is a guest cellist at venues including the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Birmingham Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Orchestra of the Scottish Opera, Southbank Sinfonia, Orchestra of Welsh National Opera and the Belarus State Music College in Minsk.
She started playing the cello at the age of seven and began giving public
performances soon after. Among her early successes were prizes at the Heran,
Beethoven and Chandos International Competitions as well as a solo Concerto
performance with the Belarus State Chamber Orchestra and a place in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Scheme.
Since 2007 Alisa has been studying in London under Natalia Pavlutskaya and Hélène Dautry, generously supported by the Royal College of Music, Trinity Laban Conservatoire and the Albert Cooper Trust. During 2012 Alisa became a member of the Southbank Sinfonia and most recently has been invited as a Guest Section Principal with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and a member of Covent Garden Soloists.
As well as multiple funding awards to support her Undergraduate and Masters
degrees, Alisa has received first prizes at the Vivian Joseph Concerto Competition, Vera Kantrovic, Leonard Smith and Felicity Young Competitions. She also won the John Thompson, Cavatina Chamber Music Prizes and the Barbirolli Memorial Prize for Cellists.
Her most recent performances including solo concerto performances with the
Southbank Sinfonia, Trinity Laban Sinfonia, Canterbury Symphony Orchestra as well as chamber music recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, St. Martins in the Fields, Warwick and Leeds University Halls, Jacqueline du Pre Music Building in Oxford and Adrian Boult Hall in Birmingham.
Alisa has taken part in masterclasses with Steven Isserlis, Torleif Thedeen,
Karine Georgian, Bernard Greenhouse, Aleksander Ivashkin, Roel Dieltiens,
Leonid Gorokhov and Patrick Demenga.
Tickets at £13 or £9 for members of St Peter’s Trust will be available from the White Horse Bookshop one month in advance of each recital.