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The Friends are privileged to welcome the Wolfe/Zerpa-Falcón Duo to our lunchtime concert series. Joseph, of course, has played for us with the Wolfe Quartet in 2017 and 2018. The Duo will play the following: • Mozart Sonata in G major KV 301 • Brahms Sonata in A major opus 100 • Beethoven Sonata in C minor opus 30 no.2 Joseph Wolfe – Violin Joseph enjoys weaving together a career in conducting, chamber music and teaching. Joseph studied the violin with Bela Katona and Gyorgy Pauk at the Royal Academy of Music in London and later in Dresden at the Hochschule Carl Maria von Weber with Reinhardt Ulbricht, a member of the Die Staatskapelle Dresden. He also studied extensively with the Amadeus, Aeolian, Allegri, Borodin, Endellion and Tacaks Quartets. Whilst in Dresden, he founded and conducted the Dresden Kammersinfoniker. After completing his studies in Germany, he returned to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he learnt with Simon Fischer and led the Johannes Ensemble. Joseph was then appointed joint leader of the Academia di San Giorgio in Venice, Italy. He was also a member of the English Chamber Orchestra for many years collaborating with artists such as Maxim Vengerov, Nicola Benedetti, Sarah Chang, Pinchas Zuckermann, Itzhak Perlmann, Murrah Perahia and Radu Lupu. During this time, he also developed his conducting under the tutorage of Jorma Panula in Finland and was invited to be the Conducting Fellow at Tanglewood Music Center under Kurt Masur and Seiji Osawa. As a conductor, Joseph has since performed in the major concert halls of the world with first class orchestras and soloists, recording for Bavarian Radio and Radio 3. Highlights include: Barbican Hall, Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Copenhagen Opera House and Munich Gasteig with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio, Bamberg Sinfoniker and Munich Chamber Orchestra. His work in education includes projects at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, as chamber music coach for advanced students and conductor of the Post Graduate Orchestra, as well as tours with the Bavarian State Youth Orchestra in Germany. He also teaches and performs in schools around East Sussex and Kent. Joseph plays on a violin made by Paolo Castello of Genova dated 1770. Anthony Zerpa-Falcón – Piano Encouraged by a prize in the BBC Young Musician of the Year finals, Anthony took up a place at the Guildhall School of Music with a full scholarship in the class of Joan Havill. After winning all the major prizes for keyboard and graduating with the rarely awarded ‘Premier Prix’, he entered his first international piano competition, winning the third prize at the Maria Canals competition in Barcelona. After further success at competitions in Milan and Madrid, he accepted an offer to study at the International Piano Foundation in Como, Northern Italy where for two years he received tuition and guidance from luminaries of the piano such as Leon Fleisher, Dmitri Bashkirov, Marta Argerich, Karl Schnabel and Alicia de Larrocha. Anthony was the first prize winner of the Making Music Young Artists award, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Myra Hess prize. Winning these prizes gave him the opportunity to perform more than fifty concerts across the UK, including concerti with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Oxford Symphony Orchestra as well as recitals at the South Bank centre, Wigmore Hall and Sheldonian Theatre. After relocating to Madrid, Anthony won the second prize and special prize for Spanish Music at the Fundación Guerrero International music competition which gave him performance opportunities all over Spain and Portugal, including a series of recitals for RTVE, Spain’s foremost broadcaster of classical music. During his time in Spain, he became deeply involved in Contemporary music, and for two years was professor of chamber music at the Escuela de Musica Contemporanea in Salamanca. On returning to the UK Anthony alongside his career at the keyboard he took up the position of Musical Director at the Penshurst Choral Society where highlights included performances of works such as Beethoven Mass in C, Mozart Coronation Mass, Bach Magnificat in D, Haydn Te Deum and Puccini Messa di Gloria as well as Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto which he directed from the keyboard. His work in education has included three years as Director of Music at the Mead Preparatory School and he continues to teach piano at his own studio in Tunbridge Wells and the Knole Academy in Sevenoaks, Kent.