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Romantic Violin by Candlelight

About the Event

Experience an exceptional classical violin recital featuring the renowned virtuoso, Anthony Poon, accompanied by the outstanding pianist, Galin Ganchev. This captivating performance takes place in the beautiful candlelit setting of St Mary Le Strand, providing an enchanting atmosphere to begin your weekend in style. Enhancing the evening, there are numerous restaurants and bars located nearby, offering a perfect opportunity to complete your night out.

Anthony Poon pursued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music, earning his Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts degrees in 2021. With a major in violin and under the guidance of Jack Liebeck, he excelled in his studies and was the recipient of an entrance scholarship. Additionally, he received training from Alex Laing during his time at Uppingham School.

As a highly accomplished soloist, Anthony Poon has showcased his talent in prestigious settings. His notable performances include a charity concert in March 2017, where he played the first movement of Lalo's 'Symphonie Espagnole' with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. In June 2019, he was invited as a soloist to perform Brahms' Violin Concerto with the Stamford Chamber Orchestra. Demonstrating his exceptional skill, Anthony also secured the second prize in the Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition earlier this year.

Anthony Poon's incredible talent has been acknowledged through multiple honors. He received an Honorable Mention in the Musicus Society's 2021 Young Artist Audition and was recognized as the Winner of the Tunnell Trust's Music Club Award Scheme. As part of these accolades, Anthony will be performing a series of concerts in Hong Kong and Scotland respectively, showcasing his remarkable musicianship.

Galin Ganchev's musical journey began when he was accepted as a full music scholar at Shrewsbury School in the United Kingdom in 2010. Currently, he holds the Grover Bennett scholarship in the Royal Academy of Music, where he is studying under the esteemed guidance of Professor Ian Fountain. Galin has achieved notable success and received several major prizes, including the title of 'Young Musician of the Year' from BBC Shropshire in 2012 and the 'Piano Recital Award' from the Oxford Music Festival in 2018, among others.

Known for his captivating performances, Galin Ganchev has graced the stage in over 100 concerts across the UK, Bulgaria, Germany, Belgium, and Italy. He has had the privilege of collaborating with esteemed conductors including Martin Georgiev, Francesco Lanzillotta, Robert Wysome, John Moore, and many more. His expansive repertoire consists of over 140 solo works, as well as numerous chamber and concerto pieces. Galin has also honed his skills through masterclasses with renowned musicians such as Yevgeny Sudbin, Jack Liebeck, Adrian Brendel, Imogen Cooper, and others.

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