Jean Johnson & Danny Driver

19th February 2022, 7.30 pm – Bollington Arts Centre

Jean Johnson, clarinet
Danny Driver, piano

Isakogorka Charles Villiers Stanford  Sonata Op 129 Arthur Bliss  Pastorale John Ireland Fantasy Sonata in E flat
extensionally Colin Riley Shenanigans
Brahms Sonata in E flat Op 120 no 2

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Gramophone Award nominated pianist Danny Driver is recognised internationally as an artist and teacher of sophistication, insight and musical depth.  His studies at Cambridge University and the Royal College of Music inspired his uniquely holistic approach to performance and have enabled him to cultivate an enviably broad solo and chamber repertoire.

Danny has performed with orchestras throughout the world including BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Minnesota Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Hong Kong Pro Arte and Uppsala Chamber Orchestra.  He has appeared twice as soloist at the BBC Proms.  Recent recital highlights include the Wigmore Hall, London Southbank Centre’s International Piano Series, Music Toronto, Salle Bourgie in Montreal, Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris, and several performances of Ligeti’s Piano Études across the United States and in Japan.

His passion for chamber music sees him regularly invited to festivals such as Oxford May Music, O/Modernt, Eilat, Bard Music Festival, Carducci Festival, and the Australian Chamber Music Festival.  Long-standing musical partnerships with violinist Chloë Hanslip and baritone Christian Immler have produced a complete Beethoven Piano & Violin Sonatas cycle at Turner Sims Concert Hall (recorded live for Rubicon Classics), a recording of Bernstein’s Arias & Barcarolles (Avi Records) and concert performances across Europe and North America.

His decade-long relationship with Hyperion Records has spawned recordings of CPE Bach, Handel, York Bowen, Balakirev, Schumann, and Erik Chisholm.  His most recent release, Volume 70 of Hyperion’s Romantic Piano Concerto series, featured piano concertos by Amy Beach, Dorothy Howell, and Cécile Chaminade, while future studio projects are to include Ligeti’s complete Piano Études. His recordings have won him numerous awards including Limelight Magazine’s Instrumental Recording of the Year 2014, and his recent inclusion in the New York Times’ list of 2017’s Best Classical Recordings.

Jean Johnson is making a return trip to Bollington, this time to perform with Danny Driver. We are very privileged (see her biographical note in Metamorphoses).

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