BRITISH HARPSICHORD SOCIETY RECITAL
J.S Bach – Goldberg Variations BWV 988
The Goldberg Variations were first published in 1742 under the unassuming title of ‘Keyboard Practice…Prepared for the enjoyment of music lovers by Johann Sebastian Bach’. In reality this masterwork not only challenges the player to reach new technical heights but on the emotional level encompasses all that it means to be human.
Nathaniel Mander is a British harpsichordist and fortepianist. Known for his expressive and virtuosic performances, he pursues an international career as one of the leading players of his generation. At a young age Nathaniel was entranced by the unique sound of the harpsichord and was inspired to take up the instrument. He began his education with Richard Lester in Cirencester, moving in 2007 to London to train at the Royal Academy of Music with Carole Cerasi. He later took lessons in Paris and Italy with Elisabeth Joyé, Skip Sempe and Pierre Hantai. Along with Carole, who deeply influenced his sound and approach to the instrument, these remain his most important musical influences. After graduating with first class honours, Nathaniel embarked on a performing career that has taken him to major venues and festivals both in the UK and worldwide, most recently playing at Yale University, CT, USA. with a recital exploring the influence of Flamenco in the music of Domenico Scarlatti.
He is also a prizewinner of some significant awards, including: 1st prize at the 2010 Early Keyboard Ensemble Competition at Fenton House, 1st prize at the 10th Broadwood Harpsichord Competition, 2nd prize at the Gianni Gambi Harpsichord competition in Pesaro (Italy), the accompanist’s prize for the John Kerr Award at Finchcocks, and the Harold Samuel Bach Solo Keyboard Prize. He was awarded the RAM Early Music Prize four years consecutively during his studies there. Nathaniel is devoted to authentic harpsichord touch and artistic creativity and is particularly noted as an interpreter of Mozart and the 18th century French harpsichordists. His debut CD, The 18th Century French Salon, was highly praised at its release in 2015. He has recently filmed a series of music videos in collaboration with award-winning director, David Percy. This October Nathaniel will be recording Bach’s Variations for ICSM Records. A respected teacher, Nathaniel held the Linda Hill Junior Fellows at the Royal College of Music for two years running. He gives masterclasses throughout the UK and is passionate about inspiring the next generation.
Handel & Hendrix in London, 25 Brook Street, London W1K 4HB
Tickets: £15, Information: http://handelhendrix.org/ Tel: 0207 399 1953