One of the most rewarding parts of being involved in the music world is watching talented young musicians flourish – and be able to stand on their own feet.
At the Aston Lark and Brewin Dolphin recital at Waterloo Place, off Pall Mall, London, it was pleasure to watch and listen to Italian accordionist Samuele Telari playing two complicated pieces with such elegance.
It’s also rare to have the chance to sit so close-up and be able watch an accordionist’s keyboard skills so our guests were completely spellbound by Samuele’s dexterity and the soulful sound of his beautiful accordion, a Mengascini Bayan, as he played Old Castle by M Mussorgkiy (1839-1881) and Danse Macabre Op. 40 by C Saint-Saens (1835-1921).
It was enthralling to watch Samuele and the accordion become one!
Samuele, from Spoleto, near Rome, said he also found it unusual to play in such an intimate venue. He said: “It was a very different experience from a concert, feeling all eyes so close on me! But actually, it was very nice!”
The 27-year-old began playing the piano at the age of six and transferred to the accordian a few years later. He has won many major awards and is now accordion professor at the Conservatorio B.Maderna, in Cesena, Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa in Potenza and at the “Liceo S.Rosa da Viterbo”.
Samuele is passionate about developing new music and also plays in a contemporary music ensemble at the Accademia Filarmonica Romana which is devoted to the performance of 20th and 21st century repertoire.
Earlier this year, our friends at the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT), selected Samuele as an exceptional musician and they are giving him a platform for more international exposure.
YCAT’s CEO Alasdair Tate told the audience his charity will support Samuele for up to five years to help identify opportunities and nurture his career. Through YCAT Samuele is expected to enjoy about 30 or more international dates in what is an increasingly competitive market.
Alasdair added: “We at YCAT have the same passion for music and share the same values as Lark Music – to support young musicians.”
It is always a pleasure to catch up with Lark Scholar Vera Beumer, 18, who also joined us at the recital. The Dutch violinist is now in her second year at the Royal College of Music and she is growing in both confidence and technique, clearly enjoying such excellent tuition at the RCM.
Vera played three linked pieces and showed maturity beyond her years. Sonate no 3 Ballad by Ysaye, Bach’s Partita no 3 and Impressions of d’Enfance by Menetrier all went down very well with music-loving guests as she played on a 1760 Carlo Ferdinanado Landolfi violin, on loan from the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation.
I would also like to thank Anthony Rawlinson, Wealth Director at Brewin Dolphin, and his team who hosted the evening with such warmth and charm. The venue was perfect, in the centre of London, and yet so quiet!
Brewin Dolphin has been established since 1762 but Anthony revealed it was the first time he had known the company to become involved in such a special evening of music. He said: “We have really enjoyed this unique experience and now we are keen to hear more ideas for hosting music, literary and arts events.”
Now that’s music to my ears.
Header Photo: Kaupo Kikkas