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22nd Season 2006-7
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Mark Bebbington

Tuesday 6th March 2007: Piano Recital by Mark Bebbington


Gurney: “Sehnsucht”,The Sea and Prelude No 4 in D Flat Major
Leighton: Sonatina No 2
Ferguson: Sonata in F Minor
Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Neapolitan Rhapsody “Piedigrotta”
Liszt/Wagner: Isolde's Liebestod
Liszt/Verdi: Paraphrase de Concert

Artist Information:

The critical acclaim which has greeted Mark Bebbington's recent performances and recordings has singled him out as a young British pianist of rare refinement and maturity.  His distinctive artistry has led to his inclusion in numerous international concert and festival series and recitals and concertos at major venues including London's Barbican and Royal Festival Halls and Birmingham's Symphony Hall.

Recognised as a champion of British music, Mark's CD on the SOMM ''New Horizons'' label of  works by Ivor Gurney and Howard Ferguson was released last year, and was greeted by The Evening Standard as ''interpreted … with exemplary style and sensitivity''.  His current British Piano Sonata series at St. John's, Smith Square, is dedicated exclusively to twentieth-century British music and mines a seam of pianistic riches, including neglected sonatas by Bridge, Hurlstone, Benjamin Dale and York Bowen.

No less a passionate advocate of the Viennese classics, Mark is also establishing a reputation as a refined and elegant exponent of French music and has given critically acclaimed Kirckman Concert Society South Bank recitals with special emphasis on French nineteenth- and twentieth-century pianistic traditions. His Erik Satie concert, featuring the U.K. première of ''Sports et divertissements'', toured festivals during 2002 before sold-out performances at 'le chat blanc' cabaret club in Paris.

Mark's programmes also demonstrate an interest in contemporary music and he has played works by Judith Bingham, David Matthews, John McCabe, Toru Takemitsu and Julian Anderson, among others. His commitment to unjustly neglected composers was reflected in a major European recital tour during 2001, featuring premières of major works by Sir Malcolm Arnold and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.  For SOMM he has recorded the piano works of Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and he will record works by Arnold and Lambert at Symphony Hall Birmingham in August 2005.

Over recent seasons Mark has toured extensively throughout Central and Northern Europe (both as recitalist and as concerto soloist with many of the world's leading orchestras), as well as the Far East and North Africa.

He has appeared with the London Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras at major concert halls, working with leading conductors, including Sir Georg Solti, Marco Zambelli, William Boughton, Norman del Mar and Grant Llewellyn and has appeared both as concerto soloist and recitalist on BBC Television and Radio and also on Radio France.

Born in Coventry, Mark studied at the Royal College of Music with Phyllis Sellick and Kendall Taylor and later in Italy with Aldo Ciccolini.




"One of this recital's two most astonishing revelations...It would be hard to imagine better performances than Bebbington's of these...Krystian Zimerman would have patted him on the back...” The Independent , February 2005

From review of CD of Castelnuovo-Tedesco piano works on the Somm label: Artistic Quality 10/10

“I can't speak too highly about Bebbington's strong, big-boned playing and unerring ear for how these pieces should go. He takes the composer's orchestral sonorities in comfortable stride, while at the same time enlivening the most delicate runs and softest chords with alluring nuance and color…I hope Bebbington's authoritative advocacy will inspire other pianists to investigate this unjustly neglected repertoire. Highly recommended.” -- Jed Distler
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