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BBC Young Musician 2018 Grand Finalist-Rob Burton on Thursday 28th March 2019
Performing music ranging from beautiful Baroque to exciting jazz/flamenco fusion. It's a concert for not only classical music lovers but lovers of any type of music and especially anyone intrigued as to what classical saxophone sounds like!
Hailing from a farming family in Cambridgeshire, 19-year-old saxophonist Rob Burton won the Woodwind Category Final of BBC Young Musician 2018. He went on to secure a place in the Grand Final at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, where he performed with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mark Wigglesworth.
Rob is in his second year studying Classical Saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music under Huw Wiggin. He was a pupil at Hinchingbrooke School in Huntingdon alongside studies with Paul Stevens (saxophone) and Derek Hannigan (clarinet) at Junior Guildhall, where he was a Sax.co.uk Scholarship holder. Rob has also achieved Grade 8 Distinction in Saxophone, Clarinet, Piano and Recorder.
A keen chamber musician, Rob also enjoys playing with his saxophone quartet 'Kumori Quartet', his reed quintet and sax/violin/piano trio, 'Kavinsky Trio'. He was Principal Saxophone with the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain, and has played with the Junior Guildhall Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra.
London based Maltese pianist Christine Zerafa has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in various concert series and festivals around the UK and overseas. Performances have taken her to venues in Italy, Malta, England, France, Poland, and the United States, including the Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Royal Albert Hall (Elgar Room), St John Smith Square, St Martin in the Fields, St James Piccadilly, the Malta Arts Festival and Victoria Arts Festival, amongst others. She has been described as “a natural musician” and “a musician with a warm and very communicative personality” (The Times of Malta, 2012), and has been recipient of various awards including first prize in the Malta National Bice Mizzi Competition, the RNCM Clifton Helliwell Memorial Prize, the RAM Scott Huxley prize and Eric Brough Memorial Prize. She has also been selected as a Park Lane Group Artist and a Tunnell Trust Artist for the 2016/17 season.
Music Genres: Classical
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