The Rowland Kudritskaya partnership brings together two of the most exciting, adventurous and colourful artists performing today.
Since meeting at the Kuhmo Festival in 2011 the duo has played at festivals all over the world and recorded two CDs. Their first CD, Les Années Folles, was released in 2015 to great acclaim. The recording, on the Dutch label Gutman Records, presents a programme of works rooted in Paris during that most imaginative, daring period knows as ‘Les années folles’. It comprises three sonatas – including the ‘American in Paris’ by George Antheil, which was the personification of the roaring twenties – interspersed with smaller vignettes. The Rowland Kudritskaya duo’s latest CD is a recording of Enescu’s second and third Sonata and Impressions d’enfance for Champs Hill. It has again received exceptional praise from the critics, including a five-star review from BBC Music Magazine. Richard Bratby noted in Gramophone Magazine that “Daniel Rowland has a powerful, glamorous tone, gleaming at the top and throaty and rugged down at the bottom, and Natacha Kudritskaya matches him every bar of the way for passion, fantasy and precision.” Their most recent recording, “A French connection”, dedicated to David Bowerman, was made at Champs Hill in late 2018 and will be released in February 2021.
Dutch/English Violinist Daniel Rowland’s playing has been acclaimed as “wonderful, ravishing in its finesse” by The Guardian, as “both naked and highly virtuosic” by NRC Handelsblad, while The Herald praised his “astonishing sound and uniquely single-minded intensity”. Daniel has established himself on the international scene as a highly versatile, communicative, charismatic and adventurous performer, with a broad repertoire from Biber to Berio and Vivaldi to Ferneyhough. In recent seasons he has performed with orchestras from Tromso in the north of Norway to Cape Town, in concertos from Beethoven and Brahms to Elgar, Berg, Korngold, Weinberg, Prokofiev and Schnittke and has worked with many preeminent conductors. He is a frequent guest at international chamber music festivals all over the world and is the founder and artistic director of the Stift International Music Festival, which saw its sixteenth edition in August 2020.
Pianist Natacha Kudritskaya was born in Perm in the Urals. Her parents, both musicians, encouraged her to play the piano. Natacha studied in Kiev at the Lysenko School and the Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music. She was awarded the Grand Prix by the Safran Foundation for Music and won first prize at the Vibrarté International Music Competition and the Robert Casadesus Prize for her performance of French music, with which she has a great affinity. Rameau’s work marked a turning point in her approach to pianistic technique and she dedicated two albums to his work: first in 2009, in association with Luciano Berio and then in 2012, with the label 1001 Notes, winning great critical acclaim. Natacha has emerged as one of the most strikingly original pianists of her generation and is frequently invited to perform at leading festivals and concert halls in France and across Europe. In 2014 she signed an exclusive contract with Universal Music Classics. Her first solo album on the Deutsche Gramophone label, ‘Nocturnes’, was released in 2015, a meditation on French music at the beginning of the 20th century, with works by Debussy, Fauré, Satie, Ravel and the superb and little known ‘Clairs de Lune’ by Abel Decaux.