Saturday 15th February 2020
St Andrew's Church
Amaretti Chamber Orchestra returns to St Andrews Church, Cheadle Hulme in February 2020 with a concert featuring new music by local composer Fred Naftel, Schumann's intimate Cello Concerto and Beethoven's monumental Symphony No. 3 'Eroica'.
Violoncello: Julius Jonusas / Conductor: Alex Robinson
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Overture to ‘Armida’, Hob. XXVIII/12
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Concerto for Violoncello & Orchestra, op. 129
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Symphony No. 3 ‘Eroica’, op. 55
Julius started his musical studies at the age of six in his birthplace Vilnius, Lithuania. Immediate success of his playing was marked by two consecutive 3rd prizes in international competitions in Tallinn (2009) and Vilnius (2010). Following this, Julius appeared as a soloist playing with the national and chamber orchestras in Vilnius.
In 2015 Julius was offered a place at the Chetham's school of music in Manchester to study with Anna Menzies. The two years period brought about many performances as a soloist, leading the Chetham's symphony orchestra, and performing in UK and abroad with his string quartet. At his graduation Julius was awarded a prize for outstanding progress in cello playing.
In 2017 Julius auditioned and was offered a place at the Royal Northern College of Music to learn with Nicholas Jones. Since then Julius continues to perform regularly with his newly founded Levare string quartet, leading the RNCM symphony orchestra, as a soloist - reaching the finals of the prestigious Barbirolli prize for cello, participating in masterclasses with renowned cellists Daniel Müller-Schott, Alban Gerhardt and Leonard Elschenbroich.
Alex Robinson graduated from the University of Manchester with a first class degree in Music (MusB) and the Royal Northern College of Music with an MMus in Performance (Conducting) at Distinction level.
He studied under the student conductor program at Manchester University with Mark Heron & Justin Doyle (RIAS Kammerchor) and later with Clark Rundell at the RNCM. He has also taken part in masterclasses with Sir Mark Elder, Johannes Schlaefli & James Lowe.
Alex has recently worked with the BBC Philharmonic, North West Contemporary Music Ensemble ‘Psappha’, Haffner Orchestra, Allegra Festival Orchestra (featuring members of the Sofia Philharmonic), Sheffield Philharmonic, Rotherham Symphony Orchestra, Stockport Symphony Orchestra, Mayson Orchestra and members of the Manchester Camerata. He is the principal conductor of the Amaretti Chamber Orchestra and works regularly with Nottingham Youth Orchestra.
He has been assistant conductor to Sir Mark Elder (Hallé Orchestra), Sir Andrew Davies (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic), Nicholas Collon & Juanjo Mena (BBC Philharmonic). Alex was also the Assistant conductor for Heritage Opera and the BBC Philharmonic’s premiere of Alan William’s ‘The Arsonists’.
He has worked intimately with renowned composer Harrison Birtwistle for the NewMusicNorthWest Festival in 2016, performing his ‘Silbury Air’ at the University of Manchester. Alex was Assistant conductor for Heritage Opera & the BBC Philharmonic’s premiere of Alan Williams’ ‘The Arsonists’ in 2017. In the same year he worked with Samson Young on his five part radio drama series ‘One of Two Stories or Both’ for Manchester International Festival (MIF2017) which was broadcast live on Unity Radio 22.1fm and subsequently appeared on BBC iPlayer.