Saturday 18 August 2018
Since graduating first class from the Royal Academy of Music, British harpsichordist Nathaniel Mander has pursued an international career as one of the leading players of his generation. He began his studies with Richard Lester before moving to London in 2009 to train with Carole Cerasi at the Royal Academy of Music. He is winner of the 10th Broadwood solo harpsichord competition (2011) and the Early Keyboard Ensemble Competition at Fenton House (2010).
His most important musical influences have been from Elisabeth Joyé, Skip Sempe, Pierre Hantai and most profoundly, Carole Cerasi, who has deeply influenced his physical sound and approach to the instrument.
Nathaniel gave his debut London recital for the British Harpsichord Society at Handel House in 2011 and his Wigmore Hall concerto debut in 2012.
Nathaniel is much in demand as a recitalist, continuo player and chamber musician throughout Europe and the United States. He has performed for radio and television and given recitals at the Wigmore Hall, King’s Place, the Purcell Room, Hampton Court Palace, the Handel House Museum, Fenton House, Finchcocks, the Cobbe Collection of Early Keyboards at Hatchlands, the Russell Collection in Edinburgh, St. Martin in the Fields, the Tudeley Festival, the International Handel Festival in Göttingen, the London Handel Festival, the Spitalfields Winter Festival, Raynham Hall, Restoration House, the Bach Steinitz festival, the London Festival of Baroque Music, the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, the Stadspodia in Leiden, St.John's Smith Square, and the Royal Festival Hall. In 2014-16 Nathaniel held the Linda Hill Junior Fellowship in Harpsichord at the Royal College of Music.
Nathaniel released his debut CD, The 18th century French salon, to considerable acclaim in 2015. He presently plays a Goujon 1749 replica harpsichord made by Andrew Garlick.
Sam Brown is a renaissance lutenist and classical guitarist. He presently lives in Bath, UK, where he pursues a busy performing career.
Sam was first mentored by Sasha Levtov at the Regis School of Music, who influenced him profoundly.
Sam has performed across the UK, and in Spain, France, Germany, Czechia, Switzerland, China and Kenya - where he was privileged to give the debut performance of Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez with Nairobi Orchestra. He has played in such venues as the House of Lords, the Barbican centre, Bolivar Hall, St Martin in the Fields, Shakespeare's Globe, and St James' Piccadilly, and in festivals including the Chichester Festival, the European Lute Festival, and Seville International Guitar Festival.
Sam is most active as a renaissance lutenist and focuses on the music of the 16th and 17th centuries. He is particuarly sought after as an accompanist for his sensitive knowledge of the lute-song repertory, which he performs frequently with Emma Kirkby's group Dowland Works.
Sam was made an Honorary Member of the West Sussex Guitar Club in 2012. He plays a spruce and ziricote guitar made in 2012 by Daniele Chiesa, and a spruce and yew 7-course lute by Michael Lowe, formerly owned by Antony Rooley.
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