Kowalski – Reyes Duo: Cello and Piano
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The Kowalski – Reyes Duo are talented young musicians. Originally from the USA and Colombia respectively, Madelyn Kowalski (cello) & Maurizio Arroyo Reyes (piano) met at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2018 and are now studying for their Masters degrees there.
Please come and support the PCAA and these young musicians – a wonderful way to spend an hour on a Sunday afternoon!
*Beethoven Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 4 in C Major, Op. 102, No. 1
*Debussy Sonata for Cello and Piano
*A solo piano piece by Albeniz
*Saariaho Sept Papillons for solo cello – Papillon 1-4
*Britten sonata for Cello and Piano
*Martinu Variations on a Theme of Rossini
Award-winning musicians Madelyn Kowalski and Maurizio Arroyo Reyes approach their art through joyful collaboration, commitment, and discovery. Madelyn, who came to Scotland from the United States, and Maurizio, from Colombia, met in 2018 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) where they are now both pursuing masters degrees, studying with Alison Wells and Fali Pavi, respectively. They have performed numerous concerts as a duo, including streamed concerts for BBC Radio 3 and Chamber Music Scotland. In 2019 they were awarded the Louis Carus Duo Ensemble Prize for their performance of the Poulenc sonata. Madelyn and Maurizio also collaborate with other instrumentalists. Their piano trio was awarded 2nd place at the 2019 Cavatina Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition in London and received the Mary D Adams Prize. The duo has received coaching from Steven Isserlis, Joseph Swensen, Graeme McNaught, Fali Pavri, Alison Wells, David Dolan, Judy Stillman, and Gyorgy Deri, and has performed in masterclasses with Antônio Meneses and Simon James.
Individually, each of the award-winning musicians has performed in concerts as a soloist and attended festivals and seminars internationally. Maurizio is a recipient of the Governors Recital Prize for Keyboard and the William Leslie Meikle Piano prize at the RCS. He received 2nd place at the International Piano Competition of Sigüenza and was a finalist in the Concurso Internacional de Piano Ciudad de Leganés. Maurizio has attended festivals and piano seminars in Wales, Spain, France, Italy, and Switzerland. Madelyn won 2nd prize in the Concours International de Violoncelle ‘Tremplin’ in Paris in 2018. She has also won prizes at the RCS and is the recipient of an ABRSM International Postgraduate Scholarship, and awards from the William Syson and Hattori foundations and Help Musicians. Madelyn has attended festivals and masterclass programs at IMS Prussia Cove and Hellensmusic in the UK, and Yellow Barn, Kneisel Hall, and Sitka in the USA, and has collaborated in chamber music projects with members of the Brodsky Quartet and the Hebrides Ensemble.
Madelyn and Mauricio are delighted to be playing this afternoon’s concert and hope it brings joy and inspiration to listeners.