Pianist Martin Jones returns to Radford

  • Concert - Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Pre-concert talk: Meet the Composers 6:30 p.m.

Highly acclaimed British pianist Martin Jones will present a concert of new music by Claude Debussy, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and New England composers Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Covington Center for the Performing Arts at Radford University. Composers will speak about their works on the program in a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m.

Jones has been one of Britain's most highly regarded solo pianists since first coming to international attention in 1968 when he received the Myra Hess Award, the same year he made his London debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and his New York debut at Carnegie Hall. Ever since Jones has been in demand for recitals and concerto performances worldwide.  A retrospective of his works, on the occasion of his 75th birthday, was released this spring on the Nimbus Recordings label.

Jones is a prolific recording artist and his many discs for Nimbus Records include the complete solo piano works of Mendelssohn, Brahms, Debussy, Grainger, Szymanowski (voted Best Instrumental Recording of 1996 by the Spanish magazine CD Compact, Stravinsky, Korngold and the sonatas of Alan Hoddinott. He has recorded several Spanish piano masters and Volume 2 of this series received the 2000 Classical Indie Award from the Association for Independent Music in the USA. The soundtrack of the film “Howards End” features Martin Jones performing Grainger’s “Bridal Lullaby” and “Mock Morris.” His performance repertoire as well as encompassing most of the standard works for piano, also includes unusual concertos such as the “Busoni Concerto,” which he performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Norman Del Mar. He has also championed the music of British composers and has performed concertos by Britten, Benjamin, Mathias, McCabe and Lambert.

Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity and the Radford University Club Programming Committee are sponsoring this event. For more information please contact Jamee Jordan.


Courtesy of Dr. Bruce Mahin

Nov 2, 2016