Saturday 29 June 2019

Summer Nights

Come and join the Banbury Symphony Orchestra for our Summer concert in St Mary’s Church.

William Walton’s comedy overture Scapino received its premiere in 1941, performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra who had commissioned the work for its 50th anniversary. The overture depicts a character somewhere in nature between Leporello and Till Eulenspiegel, a meddling fixer of amorous adventures!

Next we welcome back the wonderful Maria Kouznetsova as our soloist in the evergreen Bruch Violin Concerto No 1. It was a rare privilege to hear Maria play the Sibelius violin concerto with us last Summer – don’t miss this treat!

After the interval we will play Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic suite Scheherazade, that wonderful and dazzlingly-written evocation of the Arabian Nights story.


Tickets are £10 and 18s and under remain FREE!

Maria Kouznetsova

We’re delighted to welcome back Maria, who performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto so passionately with us last summer.

Maria was born in 1991 in Russia into a musical family. She started studying the violin aged four with Vladimir Bobylev, and completed her Master degree in the Amsterdam Conservatory, under the guidance of prof. Ilya Grubert. A former artist in residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium under Augustin Dumay, she has studied with Pavel Vernikov and Oleksandr Semchuk in Fiesole, Italy, Igor Volochine and Boris Garlitsky, as well as Miroslav Roussine in France. Currently, Maria is pursuing her Artist Diploma at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under prof. David Takeno. 

Among her many prizes, Maria is the prizewinner of international competitions that include the China Guang Ya Chengdu (1st prize 2014), David Oistrakh (2nd prize 2007, 1st not awarded) and Adriatico Music Competition (1st prize 2007) where she was also awarded the EMCY Art for Music prize. 

A passionate recitalist and chamber musician, she has performed extensively accross Europe, Russia and Israel, appearing in such venues as the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov Halls in Moscow, Flagey concert halls in Brussels, St John’s Smith Square in London. 

Maria is the recipient of numerous grants and scholarships that include awards from the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, the Guildhall School Trust, the Stephen Bell Charitable Trust, the Albert and Eugenie Frost Music Trust and, most recenly, the Hattori Foundation. She has been selected to participate to a number of prestigious programs, such as the IMS Prussia Cove, The International Holland Music Sessions, and the Rome Chamber Music Festival.

Maria plays on a 1671 Rogeri violin on loan from an anonymous donor.