Piano concert

PUBLISHED: 13:33 06 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:49 15 June 2010

A young pianist, recently returned from a concert tour of France, will be giving the next recital in the Concerts for Colyton series. Robert Scamardella appears at St Andrews Church at 7.30pm, on Saturday, January 17.

A young pianist, recently returned from a concert tour of France, will be giving the next recital in the Concerts for Colyton series. Robert Scamardella appears at St Andrews Church at 7.30pm, on Saturday, January 17.

Although only 26, he has considerable experience behind him, having started to play the piano and improvise at the tender age of four. He was awarded scholarships to study with the celebrated British concert pianist Lucy Parham at the Guildhall School of Music. While there, he was a winner of a number of major prizes and he made his concerto debut at the age of 16 and his recital debut a year later.

In 2002 he came to national attention when he was chosen as a finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. In 2005 he was selected for the much coveted Countess of Munster Musical Trust's Recital Scheme, enabling him to take engagements throughout Britain. More recent studies have included working with such leading pianists as Stephen Kovacevich, Paul Lewis and Imogen Cooper and he now has a full schedule of concerto and recital appearances.

Robert Scamardella has a wide repertoire extending from Beethoven, through the romantics such as Chopin and Liszt, to contemporary composers Huw Watkins and Ned Rorem.

Tickets for the Colyton recital are available from Brainwave, Colyton, by telephoning

(01297) 553238, or at the door.

John Dalton


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