University of Leicester eBulletin

Young Stars to Shine at University

November 2002
No 250


Two young guitarists whose worldwide performances have included the Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall, London, the Carnegie Hall, New York, and the Alte Oper, Frankfurt, will be appearing at the University of Leicester Richard Attenborough Centre on 23 November 2002.

Identical Hungarian-born twins Peter and Zoltan Katona are international prizewinners, both individually and together, and have studied in Budapest, Frankfurt and London, including with the world famous guitarists Julian Bream and John Williams.

Acclaimed by The Times for their virtuoso technique and “eerie powers of ensemble”, their recital at the Richard Attenborough Centre will feature some of the best-loved music in the guitar repertoire, including works by Vivaldi, Rossini, Albeniz and Rodrigo.

The Katona Twins are the first in a series of young musicians to be featured at the Richard Attenborough Centre over the next three years. They will be followed on Saturday 8 February 2003 by Hakan Vramsmo (Baritone), winner of the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition in 1999 and the Stuttgart International Lieder Competition in 2001;  on Saturday 15 March 2003 by Elizabeth Couling (Oboe), concerto finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2000;  and on Thursday 22 May 2003 by Alison Balsom (Trumpet), brass finalist of the BBC Young Musician of the Year 1998 and prizewinner at the Maurice André International Competition, Paris.

Organising Tutor for Music at the Richard Attenborough Centre Philip Herbert said:  “These young and gifted artists have something very special to offer an audience, through their ability to communicate and make music of the highest possible order. This series seeks to celebrate their achievements in their youth and offers Leicester audiences a chance to hear them as they continue to further develop their skills as musicians.

“Many of these artists go on to do great things, including joining the BBC’s New Generation Artists’ scheme, where they are encouraged to work with musicians of similar outlook in playing solo recitals, chamber music, broadcasts and recordings.”

HSBC Commercial Service and Sales Centre will exclusively sponsor four concerts per year for three years under the banner “A New Musical Generation”. Communications Manager Andy Milner said: “High quality people are at the heart of our business, especially here in Leicester where we are one of the largest employers. HSBC’s sponsorship of concerts at the Richard Attenborough Centre will be an ideal way for the bank to put back into the community locally while enjoying an ongoing association with quality and talent.”

Peter and Zoltan Katona’s recital on Saturday 23 November 2002 at 7.30 pm takes place at the University of Leicester Richard Attenborough Centre, Lancaster Road, Leicester.    Further details are available from the Centre, telephone 0116 252 2455, facsimile 0116 252 5165, email

NOTE TO EDITORS:   More information is available from Philip Herbert, Organising Tutor for Music, University of Leicester Richard Attenborough Centre, telephone 0116 223 1526, email

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