our 72      season of presenting world class chamber music

Next Concert Daniel Ciobanu

Sean Shibe

Daniel ciobanu - Piano - Friday 5 October 2018 - 7:30 pm

Young pianist Daniel Ciobanu was born in Romania and started to play the piano at the age of 9.  During his school years, he was awarded a scholarship to study abroad and he spent a year at Stewarts Melville College in Edinburgh under the tutelage of Professor Graeme McNaught.  In 2010, Daniel enrolled at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and immediately established himself as a promising pianist, winning a number of competitions and being selected by Chinese pianist Lang Lang  to perform a solo at the Royal Festival Hall in May 2011.


Since then, Daniel’s career has developed rapidly, with performances in  prestigious venues around the world and with many orchestras including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic. In 2017 he was second in the renowned international Arthur Rubinstein competition in Tel Aviv and was awarded the prize voted for by the public.


In recent months he has been invited to the Carnegie Hall in New York and to give a recital at the Konzerthaus, Berlin.  He is already well known in Scotland and we are delighted that he is including Dumfries in his short tour in October 2018.


George Enescu

Modest Mussorgsky
Sergei Prokofiev
Alexander Scriabin
Igor Stravinsky/Guido Agosti  


Carillon Nocturne

Pictures at an Exhibition
Sonata no.2
3 Preludes op.11  nos. 9 , 10 , 11
The Firebird

Leonore piano trio - Friday 16 november 2018 - 7:30 pm

Formed in 2012, the Leonore Trio brings together three internationally acclaimed artists whose piano trio performances as part of Ensemble 360 were met with such enthusiastic responses that they decided to form a piano trio in its own right.  The trio has since given concerts throughout the UK, Italy and in New Zealand and their debut recording, for Hyperion, of the piano trios of Anton Arensky received both national and international critical acclaim.


The members of the trio have distinguished individual careers.  Benjamin is a regular guest with the Nash Ensemble and his concerto engagements have included works by Mendelssohn, Mozart and Brahms;  Gemma made her concerto debut at the age of sixteen and has performed with the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam and the BBC Symphony Orchestra on Radio 3; and Tim is much sort after as a chamber musician and accompanist as well as piano soloist.


Josef Haydn

Hans Gal

Ludwig van Beethoven


Piano Trio in E flat major Hob XV:29
Piano Trio

Piano Trio in B flat Op 97 (Archduke Trio)

As winners of the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Young British String Players and Young Concert Artists Trust (YCAT) finalists, the Ruisi Quartet has quickly established a reputation as one of the leading British quartets of its generation.   Founded in 2012 by brothers Alessandro and Max, the quartet performs regularly throughout the UK and Europe, including such prestigious venues as Wigmore Hall and Kings Place and a residency at the Royal College of Music in London in 2014/15.





Igor Stravinsky
Bela Bartok

Ludwig van Beethoven



Folk Synthesis, 3 Pieces

String Quartet No.2 Sz.67

String Quartet Op.59 No.2 in E minor


Ruisi Spring quartet - Friday 7 December 2018 - 7:30 pm

The quartet has toured in Portugal and the Canary Islands. In 2015 they won the Royal Philharmonic Society award for Young British String Players.  In March 2016 they performed live on BBC Radio 3 and also received a Tunnell Trust award, leading to a tour of Scotland. For 2017, they were selected as Making Music's CPG Young Artists scheme.  The quartet is grateful for the long term loan of a specially made set of matching instruments by Harris & Sheldon of London.

A season ticket admits to all six concerts with a significant saving.


All concerts at St. John's Church, Lovers Walk, Dumfries


Born in Baku, Azerbaijan in 1993, Jamal studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and at the Royal College of Music, where he is currently completing his Masters degree. In summer 2017, Jamal made his debut at the BBC Proms and he and Jams Coleman featured on the BBC Proms Extra! Programme. Also in 2017, Jamal  won the Arts Club Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award.

Engagements in 2017/18   include appearances as soloist at the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra and performances of two concertos at the George Enescu Festival at the Atheneum, broadcast live on Medici television. Jamal is a selected YCAT artist and he records with Classic FM and Warner Classics.


Jamal will be accompanied by Jams Coleman, a pianist who enjoys a rich and varied musical life performing as a soloist, chamber musician and vocal accompanist. Jams read music at Girton College , Cambridge, where he was also a choral scholar and in 2016 completed his Masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music.


Ludwig van Beethoven

Ernest Bloch

Gyorgy Ligeti

Frank Bridge


Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.5 No.2

Prayer(From Jewish Life) for cello and piano

Sonata for solo cello

Sonata for cello and piano

Jamal aliyev (accompanist Jåms coleman - Friday 18 january 2019 - 7:30 pm

Sean was born in Edinburgh in 1992 and studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and with Paolo Pegoraro in Italy.  At the age of 20, he became the first guitarist to be selected for the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme and the only solo guitarist to be awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship.  He was a YCAT artist between 2015-2017.


Sean’s  approach to the traditional classical guitar canon challenges all preconceptions and he has rapidly achieved recognition as one of the foremost guitarists of his generation.  He has performed at internationally renowned venues, including Aldeburgh Festival, Bath International Festival and, at the invitation of Mitsuko Uchida, returned to the Marlboro Summer Music Festival.  He has toured extensively in China and appeared with the BBC Scottish Symphony and Scottish Chamber orchestras, as well as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.


In 2018 Sean was selected by the Royal Philharmonic Society as Young Concert Artist of the year.


He will appear as soloist with the Scottish Ensemble in Dumfries in December 2018, returning for this recital for Music in Dumfries in February 2019.



Heitor Villa Lobos

Johann Sebastian Bach

Various composers

Johann Sebastian Bach


Etude 8, Preludes 3 and 4
BWV 997

Scottish Lute Suites

BWV998 Prelude, Fugue, Allegro

Sean shibe - Friday 15 February 2019 7:30 pm

Sarah Beth Briggs - Friday 15 march 2019 - 7:30 pm

Pianist Sarah Beth Briggs is a leading recitalist, concert soloist and chamber musician.  Her professional career was launched at the age of eleven, when she became the then youngest-ever finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition and a recipient of a Dame Myra Hess Award.


Four years later she gained international recognition as joint winner of the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg.  Since then, her classical concerto interpretations have led to appearances in many countries, with high profile orchestras. As well as her solo career, she enjoys collaborating with other musicians in chamber music ensembles. She is also a sought after teacher, giving regular master classes and chamber music tuition.


Always a popular visitor, Sarah has given solo, duet and chamber ensemble recitals for Music in Dumfries. She returns with a concert to celebrate the centenary of the birth of her long-term teacher, the late Denis Matthews.



Johann Sebastian Bach

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Ludwig van Beethoven

Hans Gál

Maurice Ravel

Johannes Brahms


Italian Concerto

Sonata in F, K332

Sonata in E minor, op 90

2nd Sonatina


Four Pieces op 119


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