St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Robert Bridge – piano

Tuesday, 20 November at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Robert Bridge – piano

J S Bach

French Suite no. 5 BWV816

Allemande

Courante

Sarabande

Gavotte

Bourrée

Gigue

M Ravel

Le Tombeau de Couperin

Prelude

Fugue

Forlane

Riguadon

Menuet

Toccata

Robert Bridge was a foundation scholar at the Royal College of Music where he won the RCM Chopin prize and was awarded first-class honours in the London BMus degree. He continued his studies in London and Germany with assistance from the Countess of Munster and Leverhulme trusts and gave a highly-acclaimed début South Bank recital at the Purcell Room for the Park Lane Group, where he was described in The Times as 'that most gifted of young British pianists'. An invitation followed to join the Koenig Ensemble with whom he gave concerts at Wigmore Hall, the BBC Lunchtime Concerts and at various festivals in Italy. A subsequent recital for the Park Lane Group of two-piano music with the pianist Jonathan Higgins received outstanding reviews and led to the first of two solo appearances at the BBC Promenade Concerts at the Albert Hall.

Robert Bridge has accompanied masterclasses for Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Ruggiero Ricci, Steven Isserlis and Gerard Souzay and has made numerous recordings for BBC Radio 3. He has performed concertos with the Milton Keynes Chamber Orchestra, the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra and the Channel Islands Youth Orchestra and has recently given performances of Chopin's 2nd, Rachmaninoff's 3rd and Beethoven's 4th and both Brahms concertos with the North London Symphony Orchestra. Recent solo recitals have included performances of all the Chopin Preludes and the four Ballades, Ravel's Miroirs and Bach's Goldberg Variations.

He teaches piano to enthusiastic kids and rusty adults, is an Associated Board examiner and organises an annual series of Knitting Concerts in Putney, aka Purls before Wine, where he subjects unwitting audiences to Webern, Tippett, Janacek and Ligeti whilst they read, sew, finish their crosswords and sometimes even listen.

Robert Bridge studied at the Royal College of Music and in Germany, and made his South Bank début at the Purcell Room for the Park Lane Group. A subsequent concert for the PLG led to two solo appearances at the BBC Proms where he played works by Bartok and Stravinsky. He has recorded and broadcast live for Radio 3 as a solo pianist and chamber musician, and has played at Wigmore Hall and St John's Smith Square as well as extensively throughout the UK and Europe. He has accompanied masterclasses at Aldeburgh and given regular concerto performances with orchestras in London and Hampshire. For the last 15 years he has organised an annual series of Knitting Concerts in Putney, aka Purls before Wine, where he subjects unwitting audiences to Webern, Tippett, Janacek and Ligeti whilst they read, sew, finish their crosswords and sometimes even listen.