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Eleanor Corr and Aleksandra Meslyk

Programme 6 October 2023

Tchaikovsky                 White Swan (from Swan Lake)

Mozart (1756-1791) Sonata K 304 in E minor
                                   Tempo di Menuetto

De Falla (1876-1946) Canciones Populares Espanoles

Elgar (1857-1934)      Sospiri op 70

Fanny Mendelssohn  Andante


Regine Poldowski     Largo

Grieg (1843-1907)  Sonata No 2 in G major Op 13
                                   Lento Doloroso
                                 Allegretto tranquillo
                                 Allegretto animato

Eleanor Corr is winner of the Royal Overseas League Annual Music Competition 2020, leader of English Touring Opera and their associate period instrument orchestra, Old Street Band, and a Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist. She has recorded Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat for Linn Records alongside chamber miniatures by Birtwistle, Stravinsky and Maxwell Davies, conducted by Oliver Knussen. As a soloist, she has performed at Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Oslo Chamber Music Festival and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Sky Arts and WDR.

Much in demand as guest concertmaster, she is leading several concerts with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Nova London, London Concertante, Paraorchestra and Orkester Innlandet this season

Eleanor has worked as an orchestral mentor at the Royal Academy of Music, working closely with the string principals as a mentor, and taking first violin sectionals. She has since been awarded Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, an award for Academy alumni “who have distinguished themselves in the music profession and made a significant contribution to their field.”

Recent solo highlights include recording Schnittke’s Concerto Grosso no. 3 for Sky Arts at Abbey Road with Charles Hazlewood and Paraorchestra, performing concertos by Mendelssohn, Bruch, Kabalevsky, Mozart, Ravel and Sibelius with orchestras across the UK, performing Schnittke’s double violin concerto Moz-art à la Haydn with Harald Aadland, Øyvind Gimse and Orkester Innlandet, and Vivaldi The Four Seasons with MinEnsemble at Northern Lights Festival.

Eleanor is passionate about Historically Informed Performance and recently made her German concert and broadcast debut with Pocket Sinfonia, her award winning flute, cello, violin and piano/fortepiano quartet who have performed at REMA European Early Music Summit, Brighton Early Music Festival and National Centre for Early Music. As Continuo Foundation award recipients, they will be recording their debut CD this summer. She performs with John Eliot Gardiner’s renowned Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, with performances at Berlin Philharmonie, BBC Proms, Chateau de Versailles, Festival Berlioz, Wratislav Cantans and Salzburg Festspiele.

Her violin is generously loaned to her by the Harrison Frank Foundation, and her classical and baroque violins and bows are generously loaned by the Royal Academy of Music.

Aleksandra Meslyk is a prize-winning collaborative pianist, coach and a teacher.

At the age of nine, she received a special prize from the National Fryderyk Chopin Society, and a few years later, she was already a prize-winner of national and international competitions, including the R. Schumann International Competition in Poland and F. Chopin International Competition in Hungary. Her achievements were then recognized by the Polish Ministry of Arts and Culture, which awarded her a scholarship for outstanding musical accomplishments.

Subsequently, Aleksandra was invited to perform in Hungary and France, as well as in prestigious venues in Poland, such as the Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Polish Radio, where she performed the 4th Beethoven Piano Concerto.

Aleksandra was a scholarship holder for both her undergraduate and masters degrees at the Royal Academy of Music. Aleksandra represented the Academy on many occasions, as well as worked independently and performed and collaborated internationally. As she continued to gain recognition as a chamber musician, she was also invited to perform solo recitals as well as concerti. She curated a substantial part of the Royal Academy Piano Festival in 2016.

Having won two of the chamber music prizes at the Royal Academy, Aleksandra established herself as a sought-after chamber musician and now cooperates with both instrumentalists and singers. In 2019, alongside her duo partner Rosie Bowker, Aleksandra won a Tunnel Trust Award and in 2020 she accompanied the winning performance of Eleanor Corr at the Royal Over-Seas League Competition.

Aleksandra was a Junior Fellow in Piano Accompaniment at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance from 2019 till 2021 and then joined the institution as a staff pianist. She is also a proud member of Live Music Now community with her duo partners Rosie Bowker and Patrycja Mynarska.