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Sonatine 5 for violin & piano 2011 9'
Editions BIM, Switzerland
sonata for trumpet and organ

World premiere by Elsa Grether (violin) and Ferenc Vizi (piano) on Monday 22 August 2011 as part of the 2011 Uzerche Festival of Music, Abbatiale Saint-Pierre, Uzerche, France.

 

Sonata for viola and piano 2010 13'
Editions BIM, Switzerland
sonata for trumpet and organ

 

Sonatine 1 for solo viola 2009 5'
Editions BIM, Switzerland
sonata for trumpet and organ

Commissioned as the set work by the Lionel Tertis Foundation for the 10th Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, Erin Arts Centre, Isle of Man, March 2010. It received its first public performance by Milena Pajaro-Van de Stadt on Saturday March 27 2010 in the Isle of Man Bank Concert Hall, Erin Arts Centre, Isle of Man.

The French premiere was given by Adrien La Marca as part of the 2010 Uzerche Festival of Music, Abbatiale Saint-Pierre, August 22, 2010.

The US premiere was given by Luke Fleming in the Paul Recital Hall, Lincoln Center, Juilliard School, New York City, on Friday 10th September 2010.The London premiere is scheduled by Milena Pajaro-Van de Stadt on January 30, 2011, in the Wigmore Hall.

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Sonatine 2 for cello and piano 2009 8'
Editions BIM, Switzerland
sonata for trumpet and organ

Commissioned by American Landmark Festivals and written for Stefan Reuss, principal cellist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, New York, and first performed by him with the composer as pianist, in The Smith Opera House, Geneva, New York, on 19th September 2009.

The New York City premiere was given by Andrew Yee (cello) with the composer as pianist at the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace, Manhattan, on 11th September 2010, followed by a second performance by the same artists at The Smith Center for the Arts, Geneva, New York on 18th September 2010. Both concerts were presented by American Landmark Festivals.

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Concerto for cello and chamber orchestra 1991 25'
Stainer & Bell Ltd. London

solo cello, orch: 1.2.0.2. - 2.2.0.0. - timp – str (6.5.3.3.2. min)

Commissioned by the 1991 Peterborough Cathedral Festival with financial assistance from Eastern Arts.
1st perf: Alexander Baillie (vcl), London Mozart Players, Jane Glover (cond), Peterborough Cathedral, 6 July 1991).
1st London perf: Alexander Baillie (vcl), New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp (cond), Queen Elizabeth Hall, 13 December 1992.

''There is a fullness of life in this piece that sweeps through its four dance movements with passionate, almost ecstatic immediacy.''
The Independent on Sunday


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''Fastidiously crafted. Steptoe is an accomplished writer...... The work has moments of real beauty;''
The Independent

''Stands clearly in the line of the other great British cello concertos of our century....... in its respect for the essential lyrical nature of the solo instrument.''
The Musical Times

 

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Sonata for violin and piano No. 2 1986 13'
Stainer & Bell Ltd. London

Commissioned by the Royal Academy of Music, London, for Tina Gruenberg.
1st perf: Tina Gruenberg (vln), Michael Dussek (pf), Purcell Room, London, 7 May 1986.

''It is a natural, expansive work, unostentatiously tuneful and reflective....''
Stephen Pettitt, The Times, 4 June 1986.

''In a single-movement sweep it explores moods of virtuosic exuberance and introspective wistfulness.''
Philip Sommerich, Hampstead & Highgate Express, 27 October 1989

Sonata for violin and piano No. 1 1983 12'
Stainer & Bell Ltd. London
Commissioned by Paul Manley
1st perf: Paul Manley (vln), Iain Ledingham (pf), Purcell Room, London, 25 October 1983.
Three Pieces for viola and piano 1982 8'
Stainer & Bell Ltd. London

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1st perf: Michael Ponder (vla), John Alley (pf), Temple Speech Room, Rugby School, 9 October 1983.
1st London perf: Michael Ponder, Roger Steptoe (pf), Purcell Room, 21 May 1985.

Study for solo violin 1978 7'
Stainer & Bell Ltd. London

1st perf: Peter Oundjian, Charterhouse School, Surrey, 25 February 1979.
1st London perf: Ralph Holmes, St James's Piccadilly Festival, 16 July 1984.
1st broadcast perf: BBC Radio 3, Ralph Holmes, 26 August 1984.