Thursday 11 May 2023, 8pm
- Saviet/Houston: Lines, Spaces for violin and piano
- Catherine Lamb: as two...three...or four (violin)
- Saviet/Houston: Unfoldings for violin and piano with e-bows
- Catherine Lamb: Prisma Interius VII for violin and secondary rainbow synthesizer
Joseph Houston is a British pianist whose wide-ranging curiosity has led to activity in a variety of fields, particularly contemporary and experimental music. He is based in Berlin, and his playing has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 6 Music, Radio Cemat Rome, and Albanian national television. Collaboration with composers makes up a large part of Joseph’s work, and he has given first performances of works by, among others, Christian Wolff, Simon Holt, Colin Matthews, Michael Zev Gordon, Antonia Barnett-McIntosh, Louis D’Heudieres, Martin Suckling, Charlotte Bray, Catherine Lamb, Stephen Crowe, Nomi Epstein, and Christian Mason.
In recent years Joseph has performed all over Europe and in China at venues and festivals such as the Berlin Biennale, Lille Piano(s) Festival, Ухо Festival (Kiev, Ukraine), the BBC Proms, Suture Soven Festival, Wigmore Hall, Cheltenham Music Festival, Kammer Klang (Cafe Oto), Pharos Contemporary Music Festival (Cyprus), Unerhörte Music (Berlin), Ryedale Festival, Occupy the Pianos Festival (London), Music Week Festival (Beijing Normal University), Piano Salon Christophori (Berlin), Pianodrom Festival (Albania), KM28 (Berlin), Pirelli HangarBiccoca (Milan), and Summartonar Festival (Faroe Islands). He is also the pianist for the Octandre Ensemble, a London-based ensemble focusing on music written since 1945.
Sarah Saviet is a violinist based in Berlin. She is a member of the Saviet/Houston Duo, Ensemble Mosaik, and the Harmonic Space Orchestra.
Sarah is an active commissioner of new repertoire and has worked closely with composers Catherine Lamb, Lawrence Dunn, Jack Sheen, Evan Johnson, Rebecca Saunders, and Liza Lim. Recent festival highlights include Märzmusik, Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, Ultraschall (Berlin), and Gaudeamus.
Sarah has held visiting artist positions and given workshops on contemporary violin technique at the University of the Arts Berlin, Huddersfield University, Goldsmith University London, Glasgow Conservatory, Harvard University, Manhattan School of Music, and Hannover University of Music. She has held residencies at Aldeburgh Music with composers Lawrence Dunn, Jack Sheen, and artist Rowland Hill.
Recent and upcoming releases include Bryn Harrison’s 50 minute solo ‘a coiled form’ on another timbre, music by Soosan Lolavar for detuned violin on All That Dust, and a solo album on Coviello Contemporary.