Acclaimed duo Lotte Betts-Dean (mezzo-soprano) and Andrey Lebedev (guitar) give the first recital of our 2018-19 Lunchtime Recital Series at St Bartholomew the Less. Alongside flourishing solo careers, Lotte and Andrey perform
Acclaimed duo Lotte Betts-Dean (mezzo-soprano) and Andrey Lebedev (guitar) give the first recital of our 2018-19 Lunchtime Recital Series at St Bartholomew the Less.
Alongside flourishing solo careers, Lotte and Andrey perform together regularly around the UK and beyond. After performing at the 2017 Buxton International Festival the duo were hailed by The Guardian as, “an unexpected highlight”, and praised for their “irrepressible sense of drama and extraordinary self-assurance”. In recent seasons they have also performed at Gower Festival, Lewes Festival of Song, Brickwall Music Society, and toured their native Australia taking in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra, and Mildura Summer Festival.
Their programme will include songs by Dowland, Britten, Brett Dean, Manuel de Falla, as well as some toe-tapping ‘bossa nova’ tunes.
Lotte and Andrey joined the CMF Artist Programme in 2017 and 2015 respectively.
Lotte Betts-Dean, mezzo-soprano
Praised for her “urgent musicality” (The Guardian), Australian mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Dean enjoys a career encompassing opera, oratorio, contemporary music, art song, early music, and non-classical collaborations. After graduating from the Conservatorium of Music at Melbourne University and the Australian National Academy of Music, Lotte moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music. She is the recipient of the 2017 Peter Hulsen Orchestral Song Award and is an Associate Aritst of Southbank Sinfonia. Recent concert appearances include Wigmore Hall and St John’s Smith Square, as well as Cheltenham and Buxton Festivals. Lotte is also a member of Ensemble x.y.
Andrey Lebedev, guitar
Andrey Lebedev is an acclaimed Australian classical guitarist with an insatiable curiosity to explore new avenues of music making. He is the laureate of top international competitions including the 2017 ARD Competition and the 2018 Guitar Foundation of America. In 2014, he was the first young guitarist invited by Julian Bream to perform for the Julian Bream Trust, premiering Trust commissions by Harrison Birtwistle and Leo Brouwer at St John’s Smith Square. Andrey has performed at the Hong Kong Altamira International Guitar Symposium, Cultura Artistica Serie de Violao (Brazil), and Buxton International Festival.
(Wednesday) 1:00 pm
St Bartholomew the Less
57A West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS
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