Published: 7 February 2013 at 11:49
German tenor appears at Anglia Ruskin ahead of his first Wigmore Hall performance
The renowned German tenor Markus Schäfer will perform an all-Schubert programme in a free lunchtime concert at Anglia Ruskin University’s Mumford Theatre in Cambridge on Friday, 15 February (1.10pm).
The concert will see Schäfer accompanied by London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane – Patron of The Sampson Orchestra of Cambridge – and the pair will then perform the same programme at the Wigmore Hall in London on Sunday, 17 February.
Schäfer has established an international reputation for his interpretation of Mozart’s operatic roles and Baroque operas by Monteverdi, Scarlatti, Handel and Hasse. Recent concert performances have included Bach’s Matthäus-Passion under Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Wiener Musikverein.
His sophisticated Schubert interpretations, exquisitely shaped and always alive to emotional contrasts, have been heard at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg and New York’s Lincoln Center.
Pianist Lane has a flourishing international career and highlights of the current season include the European premiere of Carl Vine’s Piano Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vassily Sinaisky, his participation at the Sitka Summer Music Festival in Alaska and his collaborations with Schäfer.
Lane’s last performance in Cambridge was in a sell-out performance of Admission: One Shilling in January 2012, and he has fond memories of the city. He said: