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.”
Dutch/English Violinist Daniel Rowland has established himself on the international scene as a highly versatile, charismatic and adventurous performer. He has performed in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, most notably the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Glinka Hall in St. Petersburg and the Gulbenkian in Lisbon, and has collaborated with many preeminent conductors. Concerto performances in recent seasons have included Philip Glass with Orchestre de Picardie, Bernstein with the Princeton and Columbus Symphony Orchestras, Schnittke in Finland and Vivaldi/Piazzolla Seasons with the Ulster Orchestra. This season, he has performed the world premiere of Rogowsky’s Violin Concerto with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, and appeared with the Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra in Mexico to give the very first performance of the Michel van der Aa Violin Concerto in that region. He also looks forward to returning to the USA to work with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra again in 2020. 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 fifteenth edition in August 2019.
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. Her recording of works by Rameau in 2012 won great critical acclaim. Natacha has emerged as one of the most strikingly original pianists of her generation and in November 2014 she signed an exclusive contract with Universal Music Classics. Her first album on the Deutsche Gramophone label, ‘Nocturnes’, was released in 2015.