Sundays at Noon : Miriam Roycroft – cello and Lance Coburn – piano

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Sunday 21 April 2024

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Miriam Roycroft – cello

Lance Coburn – piano

Beethoven – Cello Sonata in F, Op. 5 no. 1

Rachmaninov –  Sonata in G minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 19

Regular duo partnering pianist Lance Coburn and cellist Miriam Roycroft make a welcome return to Sundays at noon with a continuation of their cello and piano sonata series’ started in 2016.










  • Miriam Roycroft

    Dublin-born Miriam Roycroft studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Donald McCall and Ralph Kirshbaum. Upon graduation, she won the Muriel Taylor Cello Competition in London. Further studies included a period in Banff, Canada with Aldo Parisot.

    Miriam has performed as soloist with the RTÉ NSO and has played many of the major concerti for cello with orchestras throughout the UK and Ireland. She has been a guest leader of the cello sections of the RTÉ CO, RTÉ NSO, BBC NOW, the BBC SSO and the Northern Sinfonia and has also guest co-lead the cello sections of the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC CO. She has performed at the Manchester Midday Series, the National Gallery of Ireland, the Hugh Lane Gallery, Curtis Auditorium, Cork, the Kilkenny Arts Week, Great Music in Irish Houses, and is a frequent performer at the National Concert Hall in Dublin where recent performances have included performances as part of ‘the Gathering’ Chamber Music Day and with John O’Conor. During 2017-19, Miriam and pianist Lance Coburn are performing the entire compositions for cello and piano by Martinů at Dublin’s Hugh Lane Gallery. They will also be performing at concert clubs throughout Ireland and the UK over the next few years.

    In September 2006 Miriam joined the String Faculty of the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin where she was Head of Strings between 2012 and 2015. Her solo, chamber, orchestral and educational commitments now take her worldwide. She has given cello and chamber music masterclasses in the USA, China, Poland, Spain, Finland, Ireland, the UK, and she also founded ‘Leeds Cello Masterclasses’ in July 2016. In 2018 Miriam is giving cello masterclasses for the London Cello Society and the Oxford Cello School. Miriam is Principal Cello of Camerata Ireland with whom she has toured extensively in China, India, North and South America and throughout Europe. She performs regularly at festivals and concert halls in Ireland and the UK and is on the Faculty of the Apple Hill Summer Chamber Music Festival in New Hampshire, USA.

    Miriam plays on a modern American cello by Grubaugh and Seifert which she commissioned in 2004.

  • Lance Coburn

    Since winning first prize at the Tomassoni International Piano Competition, Cologne in 2001, Lance has performed in Austria, Germany, Italy, Greece, Israel, Russia, United States, Ireland, South Africa, Australia and Korea as both concerto soloist and recitalist.

    He has performed with the Central Florida , the Israel and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, the RTE National Symphony and Hibernian Orchestras in Dublin, and most other Australian Orchestras. With the WDR – Cologne Orchestra, one critic described his performance of Beethoven’s “Emperor” concerto thus: “Coburn approached the grandiose work….with the vigour of a classically-inspired artist”.

    In the Bonn International Beethoven Festival, critics described his five-sonata recital as – “refreshing….uncompromising….unacademic….” In the Accademia Filharmonica Concert Series – Verona , Italy – the critics said – “Coburn’s piano playing is characterised by an undoubted technical mastery…[which]…allowed us to experience precious moments of tonal exploration”. Blessed with a dazzling technique and innate musicianship, and a charismatic performance flair, Lance also broadcasts frequently for radio Deutsche Welle, BBC Radio 3, Lyric fm ( Ireland ) and ABC FM ( Australia ).

    He has given master classes for music festivals in Australia, in the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide and in the Tyalgum Festival in Queensland. In 2006 he presented a lecture recital in Dublin ’s Royal Irish Academy of Music on Carl Vine’s solo piano works, a composer whose works he has a close affinity with.

    Lance has also been the recipient of many other first prizes, including the Hephizibah Menuhin Scholarship, the inaugural Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, and the Australian Young Performers’ Award (Keyboard Section), culminating in a performance of Liszt’s 1st Piano Concerto with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, in the Sydney Opera House, which was also broadcast live across Australia on ABC Television.

    Beginning his studies in his homeland of New Zealand, Lance furthered them in Australia, the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire – Moscow and finally with John O’Conor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

    He enjoys an active freelance career as a solo performer, chamber musician and accompanist. He is also a full-time staff member of the keyboard faculty in the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Lance lives in Dublin with his wife and two children.

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