Duo with Ben Smith - piano
Improvisation, despite being an integral part of performance practice throughout the history of Western Art music, has all but disappeared from the classical concert stage. This is a shame because all of the great classical composers were great improvisers. Bach was known to be able to improvise a 4-part fugue, Brahms used to go and hang out with Gypsies, Chopin and Liszt were both great improvisers, and one can certainly see that sensibility in many of their compositions.
Fortunately, there is now more interest in reviving it, and this duo project combines some of the great masterworks of the cello and piano repertoire with improvisation, and original compositions.
Watch this space for a recording soon!