A Yamaha Pianos & Chappell of Bond Street Promotional Recital
Please join us on Thursday 2nd February 2012 at 1pm at our Wardour Street store to hear the pianist João Bettencourt (GSMD) in recital.
Presented in association with Yamaha pianos, these recitals provide a wonderful opportunity for highly gifted young artists to perform at a superb venue as well as offering an insight into the extraordinary wealth of talent being nurtured in our conservatoires. And there are few better opportunities to hear Yamaha’s stunning handcrafted Premium Pianos played at concert level in the UK.
Liszt: Fantasia and Fugue on the theme B-A-C-H
Debussy: Images II
Beethoven: Sonata in Ab major, Opus 110
João Bettencourt da Câmara - (Piano): was born in Lisbon on February 24 1988. After beginning studying piano with his father at the age of three, he was admitted to the Lisbon National Conservatoire, where he finished his piano course with the maximum possible marks. During this period Joao had successfully taken part in many national piano competitions.
João gave his first recital at the age of seven, then performing on many occasions in the following years as both a recitalist and concerto soloist. He has also studied in masterclasses with a number of famous teachers including Artur Pizarro, Barry Douglas, Dmitri Bashkirov and Aldo Ciccolini. After hearing João’s playing for the first time, Ciccolini said: “Il est monstrueusemement doué”.
In 2005 he applied to three music colleges in London: the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (City University London), the Royal Academy of Music (University of London) and the Royal College of Music. He chose to continue his studies at the RCM with Ruth Nye (MBE), a former pupil of Claudio Arrau and one of the world's foremost piano teachers. He was a scholar of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Royal College of Music from 2006 to 2010. He graduated in 2010 as that year’s best student, obtaining 93 out of 100 (a historically high mark for the final recital of a piano degree). João currently studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Martin Roscoe, where he has also holds a scholarship awarded by The Noswad Charity.
João's first international tour took place in June 2007 in the United States of America. After hearing his performance in Washington, Stephen Neal Dennis, of the All Arts Review magazine, wrote: "History was made last night at the Portuguese Ambassador’s Residence in Washington when the concert by young Portuguese pianist João Bettencourt da Câmara ended. Having heard extraordinary performances of music by Bach, Brahms and Beethoven, the audience rose spontaneously for a standing ovation for a pianist few had ever heard of previously. (…) Only 19, Bettencourt da Câmara possesses a fearsome technique, something that has become so routine a component in concerts by younger pianists that audiences almost yawn when promised something spectacular. What is unexpected is the emotional depth of personal involvement that this pianist brings to each piece he plays. For a generation that never knew the young Sviatoslav Richter, one is forced to wonder how much more Richter himself could give at the age of 19”.
This performance is free of charge and will take place in the Recital Room of Yamaha Artist Services Europe (London), situated within the historic Piano Hall at Chappell of Bond Street’s West End store.
Final admittance to each recital is 12.55pm.