• 8 th of September / 19.00


    The Crescendo programme begins with the childhood theme illustrated by the thirteen miniature masterpieces that form Robert Schumann’s Kinderszenen(“Scenes from Childhood”) for solo piano. Works by the young Johannes Brahms and likewise youthful Sergei Rachmaninov will take us through the stringed fusion on duet and trio territory towards a fresh, newly commissioned quartet composed by our resident artist Pierre Audiger, in its premiere. The programme culminates with a resounding performance of Cesar Franck’s passionate and uncompromisingly mature Piano Quintet in F minor.

    Robert Schumann – Kinderszenen op.15
    Von fremden Ländern und Menschen (Of Foreign Lands and Peoples)
    Curiose Geschichte (A Curious Story)
    Hasche-Mann (Blind Man’s Buff)
    Bittendes Kind (Pleading Child)
    Glückes genug (Quite Happy)
    Wichtige Bebebenheit (An Important Event)
    Träumerei (Dreaming)
    Am Camin (At the Fireside)
    Ritter vom Steckenpferd (Knight of the Hobby-Horse)
    Fast zu ernst (Almost too Serious)
    Fürchtenmachen (Frightening)
    Kind im Einschlummern (Child Falling Asleep)
    Der Dichter spricht (The Poet Speaks)
    Artist: Graeme McNaught

    Johannes Brahms – Scherzo in C minor opus posthume
    Artists: Graeme McNaught & Kristine Balanas

    Sergey Rachmaninoff – Trio élégiaque no.1 in G minor
    One Movement (più vivo – con anima – appassionato – tempo rubato – risoluto)
    Artists: McNaught, Kristine Balanas & Alberto Cassadei

    Comissioned Piece for Premiere in the Festival
    Artists: Pietro Bonfilio, Bogdan Ciobanu, Pierre Audiger, Alberto Cassadei

    Cesar Franck– Piano quintet in F minor opus 14

    Moltomoderato quasi lento – Allegro
    Lentocon molto sentimento
    Allegronon troppo ma con fuoco

    Artists: Graeme McNaught, Kristine Balaans, Michelle Dierx, Catalina Toma, Alberto Cassadei


Described by The Times as a musician of ‘eye-popping virtuosity’, Latvian violinist Kristīne is one of the fastest rising talents on the international scene and was recently recognised as Young Artist of the Year in the prestigious Grand Music Awards of her home country, Latvia.

The 2017-18 season sees her make debuts with Das Sinfonie Orchester Berlin in the Berliner Philharmonie, the Camerata Jerusalem Israel, the Sichuan Symphony Orchestra and the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra on a nationwide tour; return to the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra; and appear in recitals across Germany, Italy, Israel, Latvia, Greece, France and the UK.

Kristīne has appeared as a soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris (conducting from the violin), RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, European Union Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Soloists under Yuri Bashmet, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Polish Chamber Philharmonic, Sinfonietta Riga, Cardiff Sinfonietta and the Sendai Philharmonic, amongst others, under conductors including Ainars Rubikis, Rory MacDonald and Gad Kadosh.

A regular guest soloist on Latvian National Radio Recitals, Kristīne has also performed on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and BBC One’s The One Show and given recitals at the Purcell Room, St. John’s Smith Square and Kings Place.

A tireless advocate of contemporary and lesser-known repertoire, Kristīne premiered David Coonan’s Violin Concerto with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and gave the UK premiere of Weinberg’s Violin Concerto and Romanian premiere of Pēteris Vasks’ Violin Concerto ‘Distant Light’ at the European Season Festival in Craiova.

As a chamber musician, Kristīne has collaborated with Maxim Vengerov, Vadim Gluzman, Boris Garlitsky, Roland Krueger and Rudiger Lotter.

Kristīne is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied under György Pauk, and Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, under Kolja Blacher, and she continues to be mentored by Leonidas Kavakos.

Kristīne performs on a 1787 Antonio Gragnani violin, kindly loaned to her by The Little Butterfly Foundation through the Beare’s International Violin Society.