Savitri Grier & Yundu Wang

Tue 16 July 2019

Savitri Grier, violin; Yundu Wang, piano

Ravel Violin Sonata No 2 in G
Fauré Violin Sonata No 1 in A, Op 13

Savitri Grier read music at Christ Church, Oxford and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with David Takeno. She has given recitals at festivals and venues across Europe including IMS Prussia Cove, the East Neuk Festival retreat and the Holland International Music Sessions. American pianist Yundu Wang studied at the New England Conservatory and is currently finishing a doctorate at the Guildhall School of Music.

In 1895, Maurice Ravel was expelled from the Paris Conservatoire for neglecting his academic duties. He returned in 1898 and began to study composition with the well-known French composer Gabriel Fauré. Later in his career, Ravel was increasingly influenced by jazz – the second movement of his sonata is entitled ‘Blues’. Fauré’s Violin sonata No 1 in A major, completed in 1876, is dedicated to the violinist Paul Viardot – the violinist who premiered the sonata with Fauré himself at the piano.

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