Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Sonata for cello and piano op.40
Allegro non troppo ~ Allegro ~ Largo ~ Allegro
Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998)
Sonata for cello and piano n.1 (1978)
Largo ~ Presto ~ Largo
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Sonata for cello and piano op.119
Andante grave ~ Moderato ~ Allegro ma non troppo
Born in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1991 into a family of musicians, Constantin Macherel began studying the cello in his hometown, and later studied with renowned cellists Ivan Monighetti and Raphael Wallfisch, receiving a Soloist Diploma in 2016 from the Zurich University of the Arts.
He has won many prizes and in 2013, he was awarded a grant from the Leenaards Foundation encouraging young artists, In 2019, he won a special prize at the Klaipeda International Cello Competition. He is also supported by numerous foundations. He regularly performs as soloist and in recital in Switzerland, Belgium, the UK, France, Italy, Austria, Holland, Czech Republic and Germany. He has as a soloist performed with the London Mozart Players, Geringas Chamber Orchestra, Sonoro Quartet, St. Petersburg Taurida State Orchestra, and many other ensembles.
Constantin plays an English cello made by Joseph Hill I which dates from around 1765.
Frederic Bager has performed across the world, both as soloist and chamber musician. Recent engagements include residencies at the Davos Festival (2018, 2019 and 2020), as well as recitals at Festival Puplinge Classique (Geneva), St James’ Piccadilly (London), and many other venues across the UK and Europe.
Frederic studied with Andrew Ball at the Royal College of Music and with Ian Fountain at the Royal Academy of Music. He was a scholar and prizewinner at both institutions. At the Royal Academy of Music, he was awarded a DipRAM for an outstanding final recital and held the Hodgson Fellowship. Frederic pursues an interest in song and regularly studies the Lieder repertoire with the celebrated accompanist Roger Vignoles.
Born in London in 1991, Frederic grew up in Switzerland and began playing the piano at an early age, studying at the Lausanne and Geneva conservatories. He subsequently studied with John Byrne at Wells Cathedral School (UK), and during that time toured China and Hong Kong as soloist. He was Keyboard Finalist in the BBC Young Musician 2010 competition.