Sullen Earth - Ian Wilson (RVRCD80)

Ian Wilson

Ian Wilson was born in Belfast in 1964 and obtained the first D.Phil in composition to be awarded by the University of Ulster, which in 1993 commissioned his orchestral work Rise in celebration of the tenth anniversary of its foundation. His music has been performed and broadcast on six continents by artists such as the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Ulster, Belgrade Philharmonic and Norwegian Radio Orchestras, the London Mozart Players and the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Artis, Vogler and Vanbrugh Quartets, Lontano, Avanti! and Camerata Pacifica ensembles, Catherine Leonard and Hugh Tinney. Works have been performed at many festivals including the BBC Proms, Venice Biennale, ISCM World Music Days, Brighton, Cheltenham and the Ultima Festival in Oslo, where Running, Thinking, Finding for orchestra received the composition prize in 1991.

He has written over ninety pieces including chamber operas, concertos, orchestral works, string quartets, multi-media pieces and many other chamber and vocal works.

In 1992 Ian Wilson was awarded the Macaulay Fellowship administered by the Arts Council of Ireland, and in 1998 he was elected to Aosdána, Ireland's State-sponsored body of creative artists. From 2000 to 2003 Ian Wilson was AHRB Research Fellow in Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Ulster and from 2009 to 2010 is An Foras Feasa post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Dundalk Institute of Technology. His music is published by Ricordi London and Universal Edition.


Hugh Tinney

Since winning first prize at both the 1983 Pozzoli and 1984 Paloma O’Shea piano competitions, Hugh Tinney has performed in more than 30 countries throughout Europe, the USA, South America and the Far East.  Festival engagements have taken him across the globe and he has broadcast in more than 15 countries.

A prize in the 1987 Leeds Piano Competition earned him a busy career in the UK, performing with major orchestras there including the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales.  Highlights in Ireland include regular solo appearances with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Ulster Orchestra.  Chamber music partners have included the Borodin, Tokyo, RTÉ Vanbrugh and Vogler Quartets, Ensemble Wien, Steven Isserlis, Bernadette Greevy and Catherine Leonard.  He has previously recorded solo, chamber and concerto repertoire for Decca, Meridian, Naxos, Marco Polo, Black Box, RTÉ Lyric fm and Riverrun.

From 2000 to 2006 Hugh Tinney was Artistic Director of the Music in Great Irish Houses festival.  He teaches at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and has been a jury member at several international piano competitions.  He was awarded a two-year bursary in 2006 by the Arts Council of Ireland to work on contemporary music and he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music by the National University of Ireland in 2007.

Gordana Matijević-Nedeljković

gained her BA and MA degrees at Belgrade Faculty of Music, where she now holds the position of docent professor in the Department of Stringed Instruments. She has won several domestic competitions and scholarships, was awarded the prize for best interpretation at the Music in Serbia Festival (1988) and also won the Second Prize for interpretation of chamber music at the International Review of Composers (1992).
Gordana Matijević-Nedeljković has been a member of the Belgrade Strings since 1984, holding the position of leader from 1987. With this orchestra she has also performed as soloist at numerous concerts and all the music festivals in Serbia, as well as at the International Music Festival of Santorini in Greece, Saint Petersburg in Russia, Ohrid Summer Festival in Macedonia and Sofia Music Weeks in Bulgaria. As a soloist she has played with Nigel Kennedy, Vladimir Chernushenko, Christian Gansh, Claudio Vandelli and Ronald Zollman.
She is a keen exponent of contemporary music, having given numerous premieres with the Belgrade Strings, and in 2005 she was the soloist in the first performance of Ian Wilson's Sullen earth, a concerto for violin and string orchestra written specially for her.


Belgrade Strings

The BELGRADE STRINGS is the most famous and widely traveled string orchestra in former Yugoslavia, highly acclaimed by both public and press in the course of their international tours. The orchestra has given over 400 concerts abroad, in Great Britain, France, Belgium, Denmark, Poland, Russia, Hungary, Greece, Turkey, USA, China, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, former Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria and Macedonia.

The ensemble, known in Serbia as the “Duafter his death in 1975. Since 2003 the Music Director of the ensemble has been Obrad Nedeljkovi

In addition to an extensive repertoire ranging from pre-classical through to 21st-century music, the Belgrade Strings has premiered over 70 works written specially for them by Yugoslav composers.

The ensemble has performed at many festivals including the City of London Festival, Prague Spring Festival, Cheltenham Festival, Santorini International Music Festival, Istanbul International Music Festival, Music Festival Pablo Ruiz Picasso, Bilbao Music Festival and Dubrovnik Summer Festival, among others.

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