Listen and learn: Erdem Misirlioglu

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In the fourth of a series of articles, David Bird discusses the work of the Redbridge Music Society and introduces us to young concert pianist Erdem Misirlioglu, who will be performing at the library this month.

Two main aims of Redbridge Music Society, now in its 68th season, are to bring high-quality live chamber recitals to the people of Redbridge and to support and promote young talented musicians via its current 'Wigmore to Wanstead' initiative. On 21 March, up-and-coming young pianist Erdem Misirlioglu opens the society's 2017 series of events with a chamber recital in the Churchill Room at Wanstead Library. Erdem will be performing works by, among others, Chopin and Schumann.

Erdem was born in Ipswich in 1989 and started keyboard lessons at the age of six. From the age of 13, he attended a Saturday conservatoire and studied for five years under pianist Mark Fielding at the junior department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD). It was during these years that Erdem's interest in music intensified and at the age of 16, he realised he wanted to become a professional musician. Later, he won a full scholarship to study with international concert pianist Martin Roscoe at GSMD.

In 2006 he was a prizewinner at the International Rachmaninov Competition for Young Pianists and in the same year won the Keyboard Instrument Prize at GSMD. In the 2008 BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, he was piano section winner and concerto finalist, playing Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Erdem has performed at many events in the UK and abroad and has appeared at many prestigious venues, such as the Wigmore Hall, Snape Maltings, the Cardiff Millennium Centre and St Martin-in-the-Fields. His Wigmore Hall recital was broadcast on Radio 3.

Erdem has gained much by performing in masterclasses given by famous pianists, such as Ronan O'Hara, Bernard Roberts, Peter Donohoe and Lang Lang, Lang Lang remarking that Erdem's playing was "quite stunning".

Erdem is not only active as concert pianist and recitalist but is also a keen chamber musician, regularly playing in a piano trio and with the Arnold Camerata, an ensemble of string and wind players from GSMD and the Royal Academy of Music, with whom he has performed works including the Schubert Trout Quintet and Poulenc's Wind Sextet.

Many critics have commented on his confident playing and mature musicianship and Erdem will certainly be a name to watch out for in the future.

Erdem will perform at Wanstead Library on 21 March from 8pm (tickets available on the door; visitors: £10; Redbridge Music Society members: £7). For more information, call 07511 888 520 or visit redbridgemusicsociety.org.uk


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