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Feargus Hetherington/ Geoffrey Tanti

Feargus Hetherington/ Geoffrey Tanti

... With a heated intensity which was spirited and wild yet graceful and dignified, this hugely accomplished duo complemented each other marvellously as together they illustrated the light and shade and huge range of emotion in both these works. [Brahms: Viola Sonatas – Feargus Hetherington/Benjamin Powell]

Miranda Heggie (The Herald, Scotland)

... The next item were the Three Pictures from Chassidic Life – Baal Shem by Ernest Bloch. Hetherington rose magnificently to the considerable technical challenges of these pieces, and in the central improvisatory Nigun he conjured a strong and persuasive tone from his fine modern violin. Both musicians [Gorelik/Hetherington] contributed to a powerful reading of these evocative and intense pieces.

(Nairnshire Telegraph)

Duo - Instrumental

Instrumentation

  • Feargus Hetherington - violin (viola)
  • Geoffrey Tanti - piano

Repertoire

Programme may consist of a selection from the following sets of sonatas and other works, by arrangement:

Handel: 7 Sonatas op.1

Mozart: Sonatas K 301 - 306 (Mannheim and Paris)

Mozart: Sonatas K 378, K 379 (Vienna)

Schubert: 3 Sonatinas op.137

Beethoven: Sonatas (selected)

Bloch: Baal Shem: Three Pictures of Hassidic Life

Britten: Lachrymae: Reflections on a song of Dowland op.48

Encore selection:

Dvořák: Song to the Moon (Rusalka) tr. Hetherington

Tchaikovsky: Lensky's Aria (Eugene Onegin) tr. Auer

Korngold: Marietta's Lied (Die tote Stadt)

McGuire: Reflection

Biography

Violinist Feargus Hetherington trained in Scotland and the USA. He works regularly with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and is an established concert artist. Composers with whom he has worked include Stuart MacRae, Iain Matheson, Gareth Williams, Oliver Searle and Eddie McGuire. He can be seen performing a wide repertoire on YouTube including sonatas by Handel, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Brahms. Recital collaborations have taken him to Germany, Poland and New York City, performing with pianists including Geoffrey Tanti, Julia Lynch, Olga Gorelik and Benjamin Powell. A recording artist, he is currently working on a disc of Mozart and Schubert Sonatas. He has been a guest performer with Red Note and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and has studied both violin and conducting with Joseph Swensen. Recently turning to composition, Feargus is passionate about continuing to expand his musical boundaries.

Maltese pianist Geoffrey Tanti studied with Cynthia Turner before moving to Glasgow to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He studied with Jonathan Plowright and Julia Lynch, graduating with a Masters in piano performance with distinction and a Masters in repetiteur studies. He also worked for a year as a Junior Fellow accompanist at the RCS. Geoffrey has performed the Poulenc Piano Concerto with the RSNO and Glasgow Orchestral Society, and the Jolivet Concertino for trumpet, piano and strings with the BBC SSO. He leads a busy freelance career in the UK performing as soloist, accompanist, repetiteur and chamber musician. Geoffrey is a passionate teacher in addition to coaching singers. He runs his own private practice, and teaches for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

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