13th January 2010, 11:23am
Classical stars ensure bright start to 2010 at LPAC
Martin Roscoe Leading lights from the world of classical music will ensure a bright start to 2010 for audiences at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre with a string of illustrious concerts over the coming month.

The LPAC's International Concert Series picks up the baton again with a great line-up of world class musicians ready to get the 2010 programme underway in style.

On Sunday 17 January, Martin Roscoe, one of Britain's most versatile and admired pianists, will be on stage for the International Piano Series' first date of the New Year.

Roscoe, who performs as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician all over the world, has mastered a huge repertoire spanning every style from Bach to contemporary. He has recorded the complete piano music of Nielsen and Szymanowski and is now recording the Beethoven Sonatas.

He will perform works by Beethoven, Schumann, Debussy and Chopin in his performance at the LPAC, which promises to be a fitting way to launch the 2010 series of concerts.

Roscoe's performance is quickly followed by an appearance by the acclaimed Canadian ensemble, Trio Hochelaga, on Sunday 31 January.

One of Canada's leading ensembles, the Trio has appeared in many of the world's leading music festivals, and is delighted to be touring the home country of its cellist, Paul Marleyn. With Graham Oppenheimer providing accompaniment on the viola, the Trio's LPAC performance will feature works by Haydn, Theodore Dubois and Mendelssohn.

Then on Sunday 14 February, Valentine's Day, young British piano prodigy Benjamin Grosvenor will woo audiences with his talents.

Benjamin shot to fame as the piano finalist at the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2004, where aged only 12, he gave an exciting account of the Ravel Piano Concerto. Now widely regarded as the shining hope of the future of British piano-playing, in this programme he tackles two of the most difficult towering masterpieces of the piano repertoire - the Liszt Sonata in B minor and Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit.

Victoria Simpson, Events and Programme Manager at the LPAC, said: "At the end of January LPAC will be entering its third year of hosting the International Concert Series. With greats such as Martin Roscoe and Trio Hochelaga this is a magnificent way to launch 2010.  Last year's performance by Nicola Benedetti, a previous BBC Young Musician of the Year winner, was a great success and we continue to be a champion of emerging talent with the performance by Benjamin Grosvenor, who is sure to inspire the young at heart."

The International Concert Series is now a well-established feature of Lincolnshire's cultural calendar, bringing some of the world's finest classical musicians to the county.

The 2009/10 programme, which this year includes the inaugural International Piano Series, has already featured John Lill (piano), Matthew Barley (cello) and Julian Joseph (jazz piano) and the Carducci String Quartet. Luminaries including Paul Barritt (violin), Jin Ju (piano) and Dame Felicity Lott are scheduled to perform later this year.

Tickets for the International Concert Series cost 15 (12 concessions) for Martin Roscoe and Trio Hochelaga and 12 (10 concessions) for Benjamin Grosvenor. They are available from the Engine Shed and LPAC Box Office, open Monday to Friday from 10am - 4pm, Brayford Wharf East, Lincoln. They are also available by phoning 0844 888 4414 or visiting www.lpac.co.uk.
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