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Tuesday June 29th – Zsuzsanna Szilagyi (Harp)

Hanako Dickinson (viola) and Epsie Thompson(flute)

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Zsuzsanna Szilágyi is a multi-instrumentalist and a choral singer since early childhood. She plays the piano, harpsichord and the harp at professional level and is currently completing her BMus(Hons) degree at the Royal Academy of Music.

Born in Hungary to a musical family, Zsuzsanna began studying the piano and harp at a young age and went to a specialist music school in Budapest where she continued to her studies before she came to London.

Zsuzsanna gave her debut solo piano performance with the Symphony Orchestra of Gödöllő in the Royal Castle of Gödöllő at the age of 12. As a singer and an instrumentalist, she has appeared in venues such as the Franz Liszt Music Academy, the Palace of Arts, St Stephan’s Basilica, The Italian Institute and on Hungarian Radio in Budapest. She has performed in many different countries such as Austria, Slovakia, Romania, Serbia, Italy and the UK.

Hanako Dickinson, born 1999, is a British violist. Hanako began learning the viola at the age of six with the Guernsey Music Service, before accepting a scholarship place to study with Matthew Souter and later Catherine Lord at Wells Cathedral School. Since 2018, she has been studying at the Royal Academy of Music with Paul Silverthorne. Hanako is a keen orchestral and chamber musician, and was a member of the BBC Proms Youth Ensemble for their performance at the Last night of the Proms 2016, was invited to lead the viola section of the Mainzer Virtuosi at the Casalmaggiore Festival in 2017, and was a participant at the Hawaii Chamber Music Festival

Epsie Thompson is a flautist from Llanelli in South Wales. She began learning the flute aged seven and at the age of fourteen was accepted to study at Chetham’s School of Music with Linda Verrier. Continuing her training at the Royal Academy of Music where she was a student of Sam Coles and June Scott, she completed her Masters graduating with Distinction. Over the years, Epsie has had many competition successes winning the prestigious Bryn Terfel Scholarship, a televised arts competition in Wales. In 2018, she won both the under 30s International Young Musician of the Year Competition at the Llangollen Eisteddfod and the instrumental solo under 25 Competition at the Urdd National Eisteddfod.

This talented Flute, Viola and Harp trio will play us music which includes the trios by Ravel and Debussy as well as music by Bach.

More About the Artists

Born in Budapest, Hungary to a musical family, Zsuzsanna started playing the piano at the age of 5 and then also started to play the harp at the age of 9. As she was passionate about music, she went to a specialist music school in Budapest where she studied both the piano and the harpsichord and continued to study the harp privately. Since 2017 she is studying to obtain her bachelor’s degree in the harp department at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Catherine White.

She first played solo piano with the Symphony Orchestra of Gödöllő in the Royal Castle of Gödöllő at the age of 12. Two years later she played solo harp with the Soli Deo Gloria Symphony Orchestra at the Italian Institute in Budapest. During the last decade, Zsuzsanna has won multiple competitions as well as achieving several prizes at both national and international levels with her instruments and choral performances. In terms of instrumental competitions, her first success was at age 10 when after learning the harp for half a year only she won the third prize on the I. International Harp Competition in Hungary in 2007. In the same year she was a finalist on the XI. National Piano Competition, Hungary. In 2010, she got “The student of the year” prize with the piano in the Frederic Chopin Music School, Gödöllő, Hungary. With the harp she won the 1st prize on the XIV. International Harp Competition in Belgrade, Serbia, and in 2009, 2012, 2015 on the III.-IV.-V. National harp competitions in Budapest she was awarded with the 1st prizes. In 2017 she participated on the V. National Harpsichord Competition in Budapest where she won the 1st prize and recently she won the Skaila Kanga Harp prize in London in 2020.

She has performed in the main venues in Budapest such as the Palace of Arts and on the Hungarian Radio and her performance opportunities extended to Austria, Slovakia, Romania, Serbia, Italy and the United Kingdom. She had the chance to do several recordings with choirs and orchestras such as the Hungarian Central Military Orchestra, Savaria Symphony Orchestra as well as with some professional chamber groups. She has been participating occasionally in professional orchestras since her high-school years and through these opportunities she had the chance to work with noted conductors such as György Vashegyi, Balázs Kocsár, Tamás Gál and Ryan Wigglesworth. She participated in several masterclasses with wellknown harpists such as Skaila Kanga, Catrin Finch, Sylvan Blassel, Isabelle Moretti, Isabelle Perrin, Lavinia Meijer, Anne-Sophie Bertrand, Sasha Boldachev and Masumi Nagasawa. She also played on harpsichord and piano masterclasses for Menno van Delft, Miklós Spányi and Gergely Bogányi. Since she has a broad interest in music, she performed and recorded many different pieces by the contemporary composers Pál Rózsa, Attila Reményi, Paul Patterson, Gareth Wood, Christopher Mayo and Hans Abrahamsen.

Zsuzsanna is an experienced teacher of the piano, harp and music theory both individually and in groups. As a member of a youth choir, she was often given the opportunities to help younger children gain musical knowledge and choral skills. As a child who has been trained through the famous Kodály music education approach to a high standard, Zsuzsanna is able to apply these music teaching techniques to educate her pupils according to their individual needs and abilities.

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Epsie Thompson is a flautist from Llanelli in South Wales. She began learning theflute aged seven and at the age of fourteen was accepted to study at Chethams

School of Music with Linda Verrier. Continuing her training at the Royal Academy of

Music where she was a student of Sam Coles and June Scott, she completed her Masters graduating with Distinction. Over the years, Epsie has had many competition successes winning the prestigious Bryn Terfel Scholarship, a televised arts competition in Wales. In 2018, she won both the under 30s International Young Musician of the Year Competition at the Llangollen

Eisteddfod and the instrumental solo under 25 Competition at the Urdd NationalEisteddfod.

Epsie is an active freelance musician and enjoys performing all kinds of music. She plays with Sinfonia Cymru with whom  in February 2019, she had the opportunity to travel to Abu Dhabi for a performance of ‘Tosca’ with Bryn Terfel, Kristine Opolais and Vittorio Grigolo. As a soloist, Epsie has performed at many festivals and events throughout the UK. She has been seen playing jazz on S4C and also recorded solo flute works ‘Where the Waves Rise’ and ‘Elegy’ on the album ‘The Courting Rites of Cranes’ by Michael Parkin. Epsie is a keen chamber music player and was a founding member of the experimental music group 4/12 Collective, ‘Abingdon Quintet’ and the ‘Hiraeth Trio’ with whom she has performed in venues across the UK, including Londons Wigmore Hall.

 Epsie is thankful for the support she has had from Countess of Munster musical trust, Split Infinitive trust and Loan Fund for Musical Instruments. She aspires to be an orchestral flautist while continuing to develop her solo and chamber playing.


Hanako Dickinson, born 1999, is a British violist. Hanako began learning the viola at the age of six with the Guernsey Music Service, before accepting a scholarship place to study with Matthew Souter and later Catherine Lord at Wells Cathedral School. Since 2018, she has been studying at the Royal Academy of Music with Paul Silverthorne. Hanako is a keen orchestral and chamber musician, and was a member of the BBC Proms Youth Ensemble for their performance at the Last night of the Proms 2016, was invited to lead the viola section of the Mainzer Virtuosi at the Casalmaggiore Festival in 2017, and was a participant at the Hawaii Chamber Music Festival.

This Concert is generously sponsored by James Hay;

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tickets £15 from Salisbury Playhouse (01722 320333), to include an interval drink and parking. Tickets on sale 25 May 21.
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