Ludlow Arts: Classical

Ludlow Arts: Classical

Ulrich Heinen, cello and John Humphreys, piano

Saturday 19 September at 1:00pm


St Laurence, Ludlow

Bach: Gamba Sonata No.3 in G minor
Brahms: Sonata in E minor
Schumann: 5 Stücke im Volkston

Ulrich Heinen: was born in Ittenbach near Bonn in Germany. He studied at the Cologne Conservatoire under Siegfried Palm and at the Juilliard School of Music in New York with Leonard Rose. He won several national and international competitions, most notably the prestigious Rostropovich Competition in La Rochelle (France).

After graduating from Juilliard he took up the position of principal cello with the Radio Orchestra Saarbrücken in Germany. In 1984 Ulrich Heinen settled in England, at Sir Simon Rattle's invitation, to become principal cellist and section leader of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

As a soloist he has performed many concertos with the CBSO and other orchestras including the Schumann, Elgar, Haydn and Colin Mathews. His many recordings have received excellent reviews. They include Mark Anthony Turnage's Kai for cello and orchestra, 3 separate recordings of the Bach cello suites and a collection of contemporary solo repertoire. In 1987 he co-founded the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG). It has subsequently become one of Britain's most important ensembles for contemporary music.

He has always been in demand as a teacher. He has given lecture-recitals on Bach Cello Suites at the Royal Northern College of Music, Birmingham University and the Royal Academy in London and more recently the Academy of performing Arts in Hong Kong and the Central Conservatory in Beijing, China and teaches at Birmingham Conservatoire.

John Humphreys was born in Liverpool and studied with Henryk Mierowski and later with Harold Rubens at the Royal Academy of Music.

In 1967 he was awarded one of four scholarships by the Austrian Government to study in Vienna and on his return to this country made his Wigmore Hall debut in 1972 with Busoni's rarely heard ‘Fantasia Contrappuntistica’. Since then he has appeared throughout the country as soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. In 1975 he performed the cycle of Mozart piano sonatas in London and elsewhere and has given many performances of Bach's ‘Goldberg Variations’.

John was Assistant Head of Keyboard Studies at Birmingham Conservatoire until 2009.  He is also Chairman and Artistic Advisor to the Dudley International Piano Competition. In 1998 he was awarded the ARAM for ‘his distinguished contribution to music’.

Unreserved seating
Free: retiring collection

Ulrich Heinen
John Humphreys