Simon Blendis – violin
Sally Pendlebury – ‘cello
Andrew West – piano
JANUARY 6th 2:30PM
Sally Pendlebury is already a friend of Artists ‘n Residents, having brought her ensemble, The Fitzwilliam Quartet to us in October. As well as her extensive chamber music career, Sally is a regular guest principal cello with London Sinfonietta, Philharmonia, RPO, Royal Northern Sinfonia, ECO and BBC Philharmonic.
Simon Blendis has been a champion, friend and supporter of Artists ’n Residents from day one. Not only did he give us the second concert in the series with pianist, Saoko Blendis, but he has brought to us many of the superb artists whose concerts we have so much enjoyed. It is a delight to welcome him for this piano trio concert.
Simon enjoys an international career as a chamber musician, soloist and orchestra leader. He was the violinist with the world renowned Schubert Ensemble from 1995-2018, performing in over thirty different countries and recording over twenty CDs of music.
Currently, Simon is the Concertmaster of the London Mozart Players, often directing from the violin and performing as a soloist.
As a guest concertmaster, he has appeared with most of the UK’s major orchestras, including all of the London orchestras, and enjoys an extensive solo career, performing and recording with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and many others.
Simon is a Professor of Violin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Andrew West is known internationally as a song-accompanist and chamber musician. He is one of the Artistic Directors of the Nuremberg Chamber Music Festival. His longstanding partnership with flautist Emily Beynon has led to CD and radio recordings, and performances at the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, and Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
Andrew regularly accompanies singers including Emma Bell, Florian Boesch, Lesley Garrett, Robert Murray, Mark Padmore, Christopher Purves and Roderick Williams at festivals around the country and has given recitals in many major venues including Wigmore Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus and Brussels Theatre de la Monnai.
As a soloist Andrew won second prize in the Geneva International Piano Competition, and has played as concerto soloist and recitalist in South Africa, Venezuela and the USA. He is a Professor at the Royal Academy of Music.