We are happy to announce the latest of our monthly 'Musical Moments'. These concerts take place on the first Monday of every month and are followed by a buffet with wine. This month we welcome Thibault Blanchard-Dubois playing cello and Kyle Nash-Baker playing piano.
The ‘Musical Moments’ concerts have been made possible by the very kind cooperation of The Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. We are very privileged in being able to present these young, highly talented musicians who are already making their mark in the music world.
Piece en forme de Habanera
Fantaisiestücke Op 73
Cello Sonata in C major, Op 119
I. Andante grave
III. Allegro, ma non troppo
Thibault Blanchard-Dubois is a French cellist currently based in London. As well as playing standard cello repertoire, he enjoys mixing classical music and experimental-contemporary music through world premiere performances and composition. He completed his bachelor’s degree in June 2018 at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music with internationally renowned cellist David Cohen, with whom he is currently studying for his master’s degree.
Thibault has been a recipient of prizes, and won awards in many competitions: among them Barbirolli Memorial Prize for Cello 2017, first prize at the Vivian Joseph Classical Concerto Competition Concerto in 2016, finalist ‘’Highly Commended’’ at The Leonard Smith & Felicity Young Duo Competition 2017, finalist at the Vera Kantrovitch Solo Strings 2016 and 2017, finalist at the Baert International Competition in 2016 and 2017 in Brussels, and Vatelot-Rampal Competition in Paris (2013).
Thibault is particularly interested in chamber music and performs with the English violinist Ben Richardson with whom he founded Ziran Duo (ziranviolincelloduo.com). He has been invited to perform in various chamber music festivals in Belgium (Les Sons Intensifs), Switzerland (Seeklang Concert Serie) and France. He is very grateful for being generously supported for his study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance by The George and Rosina Monk Scholarship And the Helen Roll Scholarship.
Kyle Nash-Baker is a pianist and composer from Birmingham, based in London. He first started to teach himself to play piano aged 12 and began to write compositions after the colours he saw while playing - a condition known as Synaesthesia. At the age of 15 Kyle’s composition ‘Red’ reached number 1 in the classical Itunes download charts and held this position for over 3 weeks. After hearing his music he was invited to write for people and play all over the country, including Vivienne Westwood who asked him to write a suite of works to perform at her Fashion show at Paris fashion week. During 2013 Kyle toured Budapest, Switzerland and was featured in the Cartagena festival in Colombia with the violinist Geza Hosszu-Legocky and his string ensemble sharing concerts with such artists as Sergei Babayan and the Borodin Quartet.
Being self-taught until receiving a place at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, he now studies with Gabriele Baldocci and Mikhail Kazakevich. Taking a great interest in a wide range of repertoire, particularly in the works of Beethoven, Schubert and Liszt. He has since taken part in masterclasses with Martino Tirimo, Philip Fowke, Pascal Roge, Antti Siirala and Olivier Gardon among others.
Most recently Kyle was awarded 2nd prize in the Christopher Duke international piano competition and was a semi-finalist in the piano section of the Tunbridge Wells Young Artists Competition. He has been a finalist in the Alfred Kitchin Schumann competition and twice in the John Longmire Beethoven competition.
Also an active chamber musician taking a keen interest in accompanying lieder, Kyle won the Lillian Ash Duo Competition with his duo partner Michael Lafferty in 2015. This year he took part in a masterclass in Wigmore hall alongside Michael with Thomas Quasthoff. Upcoming performances including a series of concerts around the Kent/Surrey area and participation in the Trinity Laban Debussy series.