Thursday 22 October, 2015  7:30 pm

Methodist Church, Station Road, Barnes, SW13 0NH


Kamila Bydlowska    violin

Clara Murnig    piano



President: Steven Isserlis


Barnes Music Society is proud to have as its President the world-famous cellist Steven Isserlis.  Born in Barnes, he comes from a very musical family.  His two sisters are professional string players (Annette a violist and Rachel a violinist), and his grandfather Julian Isserlis was a composer.


 The Society in its current form was created through a merger in 1985 of Castelnau Concerts with the Barnes Music Club, although its roots go back to the 1950s.  Our outgoing President, the late Stephen Dodgson, had been Chairman of Castlenau Concerts, whilst the new President's late father, George Isserlis, had been Chairman of the Barnes Music Club.  Both played a major role in maintaining the Society's high standards.


Barnes Music Society aims to foster appreciation of music, promoting first-class concerts, and encouraging other musical activities especially involving young musicians.  These last are achieved by the Saturday family concerts for children and by the annual concert each May given by young musicians.


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Schumann    Violin Sonata No.1 in A minor, Op.105


Szymanowski    Nocturne and tarantella for violin and piano, Op.28


Saint-Saens    Violin Sonata No.1 in D minor, Op.75


Sarasate    Fantasy on Bizet's Carmen for violin and piano, Op.25


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Kamila Bydlowska, violin & Clara Murnig, piano




Kamila Bydlowska recently graduated from the Royal College of Music with an Artist Diploma in Performance where she was under the tutelage of Ani Schnarch, supported by Jacqueline Ward Award. She previously studied at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, USA, where she was awarded a full scholarship and also served as a teaching assistant.

Kamila has won prizes at numerous competitions including the National Society of Arts and Letters Competition in Bloomington and the Matinee Musicale Competition in Indianapolis (USA),the Premio Citta di Padova in Italy and chamber music competitions in Croatia, Germany and Slovenia. She is also a winner of the the Ealing Festival Concerto Competition.

Performances as a soloist and a chamber musician include: the Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, St. James's Piccadilly, the National Gallery, St Martin-in-the Fields, Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre, the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall, Victoria & Albert Museum and Steinway Hall. As a soloist she recently appeared with the Angel Orchestra, Chamber Academy Orchestra, Croydon Symphony Orchestra and Ealing Symphony Orchestra and engagements include Wieniawski concerto no 2 with the Worthing Symphony Orchestra and Szymanowkski Concerto no 2 with the North London Symphony Orchestra.

Kamila is a Concordia Foundation artist and a member of iPalpiti Ensemble of International Laureats based in Los Angeles. She performed at Bowdoin International Music Festival (USA), New Virtuosi (Italy), Keshet Eilon(Israel), iPalpiti Festival of International Laureats (Los Angeles) Orford Music Festival (Canada), and Farm de Villefavard (France). A winner of multiple awards, she is the recipient of the Ministry of Culture of Poland scholarship, Richard Carne Trust, American Music Fraternity 'Mu Phi Epsilon', Anna Sosenko Trust (USA) and Adam Mickiewicz Institute (Poland). She received an Artistic Excellence Award from Indiana University.


Clara Murnig is an associate lecturer at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Pflichtfach, Klavierpraktikum, Begleitpraxis, Instrumentalpraktikum) and a freelance pianist, collaborative pianist and accompanist. She studied piano accompaniment with Simon Lepper and Roger Vignoles at the Royal College of Music (London) and solo piano with Ursula Kneihs and Anna Pfeiffer at the University of Music and Performing Arts (Vienna).

In 2014, Clara was a Samling Artist, working with Malcolm Martineau, Stephen King and Sir Thomas Allen; and in 2012, Clara participated in the Schubert Institut Baden bei Wien where she worked with Elly Amling, Helmut Deutsch, Julius Drake and Rudolf Jansen. She has participated in masterclasses with Helmut Lachenmann, Robert HP Platz, Clay McMillan (Viennese Days of Contemporary Piano 2007-2013), the Klangforum Wien (isa 2011) and Ferenc Rados (Traditions of Piano Playing - Hungary 2010).

 In 2012, she was awarded the Lucy Ann Jones Award from the Royal College of Music; the STARTStipendium from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Eduction, Art and Culture in the section Music and Performing Arts; and the Josef-Krainier Stipendienfond of Styria (Austria). She was also awarded the piano accompaniment prize at the Brooks van der Pump English Song Competition (Royal College of Music 2013) and a prize for interpretation of contemporary music (21st isa pragwienbudapest 2011).

As a collaborative artist and soloist Clara has performed concerts in the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall; the Norfolk Music Room at the Victoria & Albert Museum; Charlton House (London); St. Ann's Gate (Salisbury); St. Mary Abbots Church and Stift Heiligenkreuz. She has appeared at many major festivals including classic.muerz (Austria), the Viennese Days of Contemporary Piano Playing, the Festwochen Gmunden (Austria) and the Chilingirian Schubert Festival in the Britten Theatre at the Royal College of Music (London).

 In Vienna Clara facilitates school workshops as a pianist in collaboration with the Arnold Schonberg Centre and the team tak.tik. Clara also worked as a coach and accompanist at the Austrian Master Classes in Zell an der Pram, at the opera Festival Burg Gars (Der Freischutz), the Tete a Tete Opera Festival in London (Black Sand. Soap Opera Productions) and the Next Liberty in Graz (Figaros Hochzeit).