Photography by Robert Carpenter Turner

Kosova Albanian pianist Yllka Istrefi will perform at the Guildford United Reformed Church. Details and address Yllka Istrefi – Piano, Friday 20 Nov 2009, 8pm, £12. Guildford United Reformed Church. Guildford. Surrey. GU2 4BS.

The programme: Sonata in E op.109 Beethoven, Klavierstücke op.119 Brahms, Improvisations on two Norwegian folk songs Grieg, Excursions op.20 Barber, Arbereshe Bells Rudi, Sonata no.3 Prokofiev.

Yllka Istrefi is a pianist from Kosovo currently living and performing in London, UK.

She has finished Masters Degree in Advanced Piano Performance at the Royal College of Music in London, where she studied with Vanessa Latarche. In addition she has studied at the Institute of Arts in Tirana, Albania; Faculty of Arts in Pristina, Kosovo, and was awarded the Performer’s Diploma from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Her teachers include Benjamin Kaplan, Katherina Wolpe.

She is a recipient of a scholarship by the Albanian Foundation of Scholarships in Macedonia, and of the Kathleen & Margery Eliot award.

She has appeared in numerous recitals, chamber music and concerto performances in Kosovo, England, Japan, Denmark, Norway, Italy, Israel and the USA.

Recently she has performed with Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra in Macedonia, Crowndale Orchestra and Helios Chamber Orchestra in London.

Her growing reputation as an exciting pianist has led to her being invited at many major festivals, and has already performed at Chelsea Schubert Festival in London; Mozart Piano Sonata Festival, London; Transcendent festival at the Royal College of Music in London; the Ohrid Summer Festival in Macedonia, and regularly performs at the Music Festival of the Nations by the Cultural Association Tempietto, in Rome, Italy.

In 2006 she has debuted in the USA giving a solo recital at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. which was broadcast live on the Internet.

She also performs regularly with her piano duo partner Masa Tayama. Since winning First Prize at the North London Piano Duo Competition in 2004, they are in constant demand and are renowned for their unique programming and thrilling presentations.

Her first CD is going to be released during this year in Japan on the Accustika label.

Her future performances include solo and piano duo recitals in the UK as well as the CD promotion concerts in Europe and Japan.

About Guildford URC Music Society

The Guildford United Reformed Church Music Society was formed in 1992 to present music of a high standard and to make it more widely available.

Besides engaging well-established artists, we take much pleasure in encouraging the many talented young musicians of today. We also wish to foster the love of, and interest in, music among children. With this aim, we offer workshops for children between six and eleven years.

For Further Information and booking contact: Peter Holt: 01483 573705, Jean Burge: 01483 416964
Henry Friend: 01483 828727
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