'It is a great pleasure to be launching Thomas Kelly's debut recording with Ulysses Arts on Friday 21 August, of Liszt's Rhapsodie espagnole. I first met Thomas when judging the The Purcell School's Senior Concerto Competition a few years back. He played Brahms' Second Piano Concerto. Beforehand I was sceptical about the likelihood of a 17-year old pianist being ready musically to interpret this work, however technically impressive or promising they were. I was wrong: Thomas' performance was utterly convincing and he won the first prize amongst a field of excellent finalists crowded with talent.
Since then I have had the pleasure of performing Rachmaninov PIano Concerto No. 1 with Thomas, and of hearing him continue to develop as a musician - it is therefore hugely exciting now to be releasing his work.'
Thomas is currently studying at the Royal College of Music in London with Andrew Ball. His three single releases will be followed by a full album in 2021, including music by Sibelius, Prokofiev, Reubke and Tippett.
Liszt, Rhapsodie espagnole
Chopin, Nocturne in D-flat Op. 27 No. 2
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Schumann, Toccata Op. 27
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