Violist Rachel Roberts is now offering a selection of programmes in collaboration with pianist Tim Horton. The duo’s repertoire includes a diverse range of works for viola and piano by composers including Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Shostakovich, Hindemith, Clarke and Enescu.
The programme proposals place cornerstones of the repertoire (such as Robert Schumann’s Märchenbilder, Rebecca Clarke’s Viola Sonata and Johannes Brahms’s two sonatas op. 120) alongside slightly lesser-known works including Henri Vieuxtemps’s Sonata in B flat op. 36, George Enescu’s Concertstück for Viola and Piano, and Eduard Pütz’s ‘Blues for Benni’.
Several of these works also appeared on Rachel’s two solo discs with pianist Lars Vogt. The first CD, released in 2011, featured the two Brahms sonatas op. 120 and Schumann’s Märchenbilder op. 113. The second, with Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata, Britten’s Lachrymae and Shostakovich’s Viola Sonata op. 147, came out in 2015 and was named FonoForum Magazine’s CD of the month April 2016.
Rachel frequently performs as soloist and chamber musician in many of the world’s leading venues such as Carnegie Hall New York, Toppan Hall Japan, Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein Vienna and the Philharmonie in Berlin. She also plays regularly at international festivals such as Heimbach, Schubertiade, Wiener Festwochen and the Salzburg Music Festival. She has appeared as violist with the Tetzlaff String Quartet, Dante String Quartet, Fitzwilliam String Quartet and the Nash Ensemble, and has previously collaborated with Timothy Horton when augmenting the Leonore Piano Trio to perform repertoire for piano quartet.
Tim Horton is a founder member of both the Leonore Piano Trio and Ensemble 360 and has been a regular guest pianist with the Nash Ensemble. In recent years he has also been gaining a reputation as a solo pianist. He presented a complete Beethoven Sonata cycle at the Crucible Studio, Sheffield for Music in the Round between 2011 and 2015, where he is currently engaged in a cycle of Schubert Sonatas, and was invited to make his solo debut at Wigmore Hall in 2016 where he will be giving further solo recitals in the coming seasons.
Please see a full list of Rachel and Tim’s programme proposals, which can be viewed on this page.
Rachel’s two solo discs, featuring several of these works, can also be heard via the following Spotify links: