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DANIEL BARENBOIM:

‘His playing, of a very high technical standard, shows beauty, sensitivity and imagination. He is rhythmically very strong and is capable of great intensity...

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WITOLD LUTOSLAWSKI:

‘A beautiful performance of my work’

(Double Concerto)

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BBC RADIO 3:

‘A thoroughly accomplished recital, technically secure, with a wide dynamic range.....’

‘Some wonderfully delicate passages only made the forte passages work more effectively, when sudden bursts of power were unleashed...’

‘A very accomplished musician indeed, technically completely on top and he really did project the different musical characters of the pieces. He used a very wide dynamic and colour range....everything was beautifully phrased and finished...’

(Solo recital)

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DAGENS NYHETER, STOCKHOLM:

‘Debussy’s glittering sonata for harp, flute and viola started off a striking program which included Heinz Holliger’s Boulez-inspired Sequenzen über Johannes I,32 for solo harp, Toru Takemitsu’s And then I knew’twas wind - which has truly superb harp writing. There was also a ‘swedish’ work in the programme, the world premiere of Axle Asimetrica by the Gothenburg based Venezuelan composer, Victor Varela. With his original instrumentation for harp, vibraphone and marimba, he created beautiful and sensitive sounds based both on mathematical principles and sensual Latin rhythms.

Perhaps it is time again to talk about the ‘Power of the Harp?’

(20th century music for solo harp and harp with chamber ensemble)

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CARROL McLAUGHLIN:

‘An exceptional harpist...He has a natural ease at the harp and a brilliant technique which allows him a great communication with his audiences....’

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Stephen Fitzpatrick after initial lessons in his native North Wales, he was accepted as a student at the Royal College of Music in London with Marisa Robles. Further studies at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague with Edward Witsenburg culminated with a performance diploma in addition to the degree and teaching diploma already attained in London.

   

 

   

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