2015 Retreat

To read about the 2017 Retreat, please click here.

To read about the 2016 Retreat, please click here.

Thank you to everyone who made the Retreat’s first year such a great success. The public saw two wonderful concerts but that represented just a fraction of the amazing music making and learning that went on behind closed doors all week. We were inspired and delighted – and we’re looking forwards to 2016 and Retreat II.

The Retreat is supported by The Misses Barrie Trust

Jointly led by violinist Alexander Janiczek and ENF director Svend Brown, The Retreat is an exciting development for the Festival that will both enrich the core programme and enable it to ‘give something back’ to chamber music by investing in outstanding young talents.

The Retreat seeks to encourage, support and inspire exceptional young musicians who are already demonstrating a gift for chamber music by offering a matchless opportunity to spend time with outstanding world-class players, to learn both specific repertoire and also more general aspects of musical wisdom that will influence their work for years to come.

In 2015, ten incredible young musicians spent an intense week together playing music, learning and rehearsing. By coming to the peaceful and quiet East Neuk of Fife, they were freed to give themselves over to a transformational and concentrated musical experience, which was celebrated and shared in at two special hour-long Retreat Concerts as part of the East Neuk Festival programme.

Retreat Concert 1 – Thursday 2 July 2015

MOZART Piano Quartet in Gm, K478 – with Amarins Wierdsma, Krzysztof Chorzelski, Simon Thompson & Fiachra Garvey

MOZART String Quintet in C, K515 – with Alexander Janiczek, Benjamin Baker, Louisa Tatlow, Krzysztof Chorzelski & Vera Dickbauer

Retreat Concert 2 – Friday 3 July 2015

BRAHMS String Sextet in B-flat Op 18 – with Helena Satué, Bernat Prat, Carlota Amargós, Louisa Tatlow, Oriol Prat & Vera Dickbauer

MENDELSSOHN Octet in E-flat, Op 20 – with Benjamin Baker, Helena Satué, Bernat Prat, Alexander Janiczek, Louisa Tatlow, Carlota Amargós, Vera Dickbauer & Oriol Prat

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Meet The Players

Amarins Wierdsma violin
Amarins’ participation is supported by Donald & Louise MacDonald

Benjamin Baker violin
Benjamin’s participation is supported by a bursary from the Fenton Arts Trust

Cosmos Quartet
Helena Satué, violin  |  Bernat Prat, violin  |  Carlota Amargós, viola  |  Oriol Prat, cello
Cosmos Quartet’s participation is supported by Svend Brown & Roy McEwan

Fiachra Garvey piano
Fiachra’s participation is supported by Frank Hitchman

Louisa Tatlow viola
Louisa’s participation is supported by a Solti Foundation Scholarship

Simon Thompson cello
Simon Thompson’s participation is supported by Geoff & Mary Ball and David McLellan

Vera Dickbauer cello
Vera’s participation is supported by Kate & Gavin Gemmell

2015 Retreat Group Portrait, Elie Bay, 30/06/2015 Photo by Colin Hattersley

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View photos from the 2015 Retreat

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Read violinist Benjamin Baker’s blog about The Retreat on the Gramophone Music website – published 3 July

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Read The Herald article in which Alexander Janiczek is interviewed about The Retreat – published 27 May

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Read Svend Brown’s blog about The Retreat

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Alexander Janiczek Musical Director

Svend Brown Co-Director

Ruth Davie Retreat Producer

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2015 Retreat Leaders

Alexander Lonquich piano

David Watkin cello

Krzysztof Chorzelski viola

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Support The Retreat

If you would like to support The Retreat, please get in touch with ian@eastneukfestival.com