Fairy Tale: Evva Mizerska, cello, Emma Abbate, piano
A programme including works by Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev and Pohádka by Janáček. This fairy-tale like music is based on an epic poem by the Russian author Vasily Zhukovsky entitled The Tale of Tsar Berendyey.
Named the “Rising Star” by prestigious The Strad magazine, cellist Evva Mizerska is a recitalist, chamber musician and teacher.
Born in Poland, she graduated with high distinction from the cello class of Andrzej Zieliński and Piotr Hausenplas at the Frédéric Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. Later she completed the PGDip and MMus courses at Trinity College of Music in London, where she studied with Richard Markson. Evva has attended masterclasses with Erling Blöndal Bengtsson, Raphael Sommer, Geneviève Teulières, Raphael Wallfisch, Gerald Robbins, George Hadjinikos. Bernard Greenhouse and Yonty Solomon. The latter two, together with her teacher Richard Markson she considers the most influential for her playing and musicianship.
Evva has been awarded numerous prizes including: the first prize at the Seventh International Leoš Janáček Competition in Brno together with pianist Katarzyna Glensk (2000), the Vivian Joseph Cello Prize and the Leonard Smith Duo Prize in London (2002), again with Katarzyna Glensk. She also received scholarships from the Dartington Summer Music School (UK), Kronberg Academy (Germany), the Third World Cello Congress in Baltimore (USA). In London, Evva was awarded: the Trinity College of Music full scholarship (2001–4), the Joan Greenfield scholarship (2002 and 2007), the Solti Foundation grant (2005) and the Trinity College of Music Junior Fellowship (2006–7).
Evva currently lives in London where she is a cello lecturer at Morley College.
She regularly gives recitals with pianist Emma Abbate. She is highly sought after as a chamber musician and has performed in various prestigious London venues including the Purcell Room (Queen Elizabeth Hall), the Conway Hall, the Fairfield Halls, the Blackheath Halls as well as various other festivals and concert halls across the UK, such as St Georges in Bristol, Cheltenham, Plymouth, Hexham Abbey and Chester Festivals. Abroad, she has appeared in recitals in Austria (the Nola-Salzburg Festival), Brazil, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and Poland. Evva has particular interest in Polish and contemporary music. She has commissioned works by contemporary Polish composers and performed them as part of her Junior Fellowship concert series at Trinity College of Music. She also premiered together with her pianist Emma Abbate works by English composers Graham Coatman and Stephen Dodgson and Canadian Piotr Grella Mozejko.
Evva's first two discs, with music by Krzysztof Meyer (recorded with Emma Abbate and Katarzyna Glensk) and Algernon Ashton (with Emma Abbate) received outstanding reviews in magazines such as The Strad, The International Record Review, Fanfare and German Fonoforum. The Meyer's CD has been chosen in the Fanfare one of the five best CDs of the year 2009. Evva's most recent disc with Emma Abbate was also released by Toccata Classics. It features complete cello and piano music by Stephen Dodgson.
Described as 'an amazingly talented pianist' by Musica, Emma Abbate performs with many of the leading singers and instrumentalists of her generation.
Emma has recently released the first of two volumes of Mozart's complete piano duets on original fortepianos with Julian Perkins for Resonus Classics, and two discs devoted to works by Stephen Dodgson for Toccata Classics: world-première recordings of his cello and piano music with Evva Mizerska, and his piano quintets with the Tippett Quartet.
Emma is also releasing a series of recordings devoted to 20th century Italian vocal chamber music, the latest of which is the world-première disc of Shakespeare Sonnets by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco with the BBC New Generation Artist Ashley Riches for Resonus Classics. Future plans include the world-première recording of songs by Ildebrando Pizzetti with the mezzo-soprano Hanna Hipp for Resonus Classics.
Based in London, Emma is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and a coach for the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.