Press Release

16 February 2011

One of the greatest musicians of his generation, Vladimir Ashkenazy, will perform in Kent as a guest of Canterbury Christ Church University.

Vladimir Ashkenazy
Vladimir Ashkenazy

The exclusive visit to the city, the first for many years, will see Ashkenazy conduct Southbank Sinfonia, of which he is patron, as well as guest artists cellist Raphael Wallfisch and the Sacconi Quartet for a programme that combines his love of English music with Schuman’s popular cello concerto.

The concert will take place within the magnificent surroundings of Canterbury Cathedral on Wednesday, 30 March (7.45pm). It is being given in celebration of the new relationship between Southbank Sinfonia and Canterbury Christ Church, developed as part of the University’s St Gregory’s project, a new vision for music in Kent.

Professor Roderick Watkins, recently appointed Dean of Arts and Humanities at the University, said: “We are delighted to be hosting Vladimir Ashkenazy’s first concert in Kent for many years. He is a renowned and revered musician, who is widely respected for his work with young artists around the world.

“To be able to welcome such an outstanding figure, as well as Southbank Sinfonia, Raphael Wallfisch and the Sacconi Quartet, is testament to the hard work and commitment of many people associated with music at Canterbury Christ Church, and especially Professor Grenville Hancox, our Director of Music.”

Tickets for the concert, which is supported by Classic FM, are on sale priced at £10.50 and £5.25. Tickets can be bought from Canterbury Christ Church University on 01227 782995, or the Marlowe Box Office, by calling 01227 787787.

The programme for the evening is as follows:

Edward Elgar Introduction and Allegro

Robert Schumann Cello Concerto in A Minor

Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphony No.5 in D 


Notes to Editor

Vladimir Ashkenazy

  • Vladimir Ashkenazy was born in the Soviet Union and studied piano at the Conservatory of Moscow. He came to prominence in the 1955 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. Still revered for his pianistic skill, for the last 20 years conducting has formed the largest part of his activities.
  • Ashkenazy maintains strong links with all of the orchestras he has worked with. He is currently Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the European Youth Orchestra and Conductor Laureate for the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, and formerly held the position of Chief Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic.
  • He has won numerous Grammy awards, including Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with orchestra), Best Chamber Music Performance and Best Instrumental Soloist Performance.

 Southbank Sinfonia

  • Southbank Sinfonia is Britain’s leading orchestral academy. Now in its ninth year, the orchestra’s work encompasses an unrivalled range of activity and music, working with leading orchestras ranging from the Royal Opera House and Academy of St Martin in the Fields to the BBC Concert Orchestra and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
  • Our players play alongside and are coached by the likes of Vladimir Ashkenazy, Oliver Knussen and Matthew Barley, performing a broad repertoire from Baroque, contemporary, symphony, chamber orchestra and light music to opera and ballet.
  • Each year, SbS selects 32 players for an 8-month programme which comprises concerts for promoters and festivals across the UK; workshops and performances alongside leading UK orchestras; chamber music; education workshops and management training; and sessions spanning subjects from improvisation to public speaking.

 Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 18,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • As a leading provider of teaching and health care courses we have produced nearly 3,500 health and social care professionals and 7,000 teachers in the last five years.
  • Over 90 per cent of our graduates gain employment in the first six months after graduating.
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.




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