Welcome to AleksanderSzram.com. Winner of the 2004 Vlado Perlemuter Award, Aleksander has played in more than twenty-five countries over four continents. He is known for his devotion to contemporary music, having worked with Rzewski, Wolff, Runswick, Smalley, Fujikura and others, and recorded for the German label fonorum. His recording of Daryl Runswick's Scafra Preludes, supervised by the composer, is now available on itunes via Dazzle Records.


Born in Southampton of Polish parents, he has been playing the piano since the age of five.  Aleksander lectures in Performance Practice at TrinityLaban and enjoys a varied schedule of solo piano, concerto and chamber-music performances across the world. He is one of few pianists who regularly play chamber music from memory.


"Aleksander Szram was in complete command of this difficult repertoire, and his attentiveness to his soloist, always looking to her bow, was reminiscent of Menahem Pressler's way in the Beaux Arts Trio."

- Musical Pointers


"It was clear from the outset that Boustany and Szram had exceptional stage presence, filling the hall with their personalities as well as with their music... One had the sense in this concert that the performers were sharing a deeply personal experience. The response of the audience was genuinely enthusiastic, and one has the sense that this is what music is all about - performers reaching out to the public to enable a shared emotional response."

- musicweb


"This is a brave and superbly crafted recital, recorded in near excellent conditions in Stuttgart and indicative of an artist who is not only enterprising, but also sensitive and meticulous to details... with evocative colours achieved via touches from inside the piano and articulation on the case of the instrument itself, there is much to intrigue and provoke. Fujikura's 'Sleeping Ashes' is a deeply persuasive work, played with total mastery by Szram." 

- Review of 'Into the 21st Century' in Piano Professional Magazine, Autumn 2009
Winner of the 2004 Vlado Perlemuter Award, Aleksander enjoys a varied schedule of solo piano, concerto and chamber music performances across the world, having played in more than thirty countries over five continents.

Aleksander was born in Southampton to Polish parents, and has been playing the piano since the age of five. He was awarded the Wilner Scholarship to study at Trinity College of Music under Anthony Green and Douglas Finch, where he won prizes for piano, chamber music, vocal accompaniment and composition, including first place in the John Halford and John Longmire Piano Competitions, the John Ireland Chamber Music Prize and the Leonard Smith Duo Prize for Strings and Piano. He also came second in the inaugural PACA Piano Competition. Upon graduation, Aleksander was awarded the TCM Trust Silver Medal, as well as the Haynes Scholarship, the Stopford Scholarship and the Joan Greenfield Fellowship to fund his study for a MMus Degree, which he passed with Distinction. He was subsequently awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians' Silver Medal for Excellence in Performance, and the Wilfred Stiff Prize. Aleksander has also studied with Martino Tirimo, Mikhail Kazakevich and Yonty Solomon.

Aleksander is particularly interested in the performance of contemporary repertoire and has given world premières of works by Frederic Rzewski, Daryl Runswick, Dai Fujikura, Harris Kittos, Anthony Green, Danny Ledesma, Bushra El-Turk and Hao Weiya among others, leading to several releases with the German label fonorum, Dazzle Music, and Nimbus. Solo programmes have included the complete Tippett Piano Sonatas and several works by Sorabji, Alkan and Ives. Aleksander has performed at the major UK venues, and for many concert societies, including collaborations with Wissam Boustany, Nora Cismondi, Ian Clarke, Paul Edmund-Davies, Jean Ferrandis, Philip Fowke, Leonid Gorokhov, Stefan Hoskuldsson, Alexander Ivashkin, Jill Kemp, Lorna McGhee and Ian Pace, and concertos with Jan Latham-Koenig, Peter Stark and Andrew Morley. He has also accompanied masterclasses given by Maxim Vengerov, James Galway, Elly Ameling and Robert Cohen among others. He is one of few pianists who regularly accompanies from memory. With his group, The Lycydas Piano Trio, he gave the UK premiere of the Piano Trio in A minor by Sibelius, and worked with Roger Smalley, receiving an honorary award in 2003 from the Peter the Great Festival in Gröningen, Holland. The Lycydas Trio premiered the Piano Trio by Frederic Rzewski, and their recording of the work is available on itunes. Aleksander is an enthusiastic composer, having studied with John Ashton Thomas, Francis Pott and William Benjamin, and also electronic composition with Keith Hamel. He has performed with Gregory Rose's contemporary ensemble Circle, as well as with the Irish group Lost Music of the Gaels and the Japanese ensemble Shonorities. Aleksander completed his DMA on a full scholarship at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where he studied piano with Jane Coop, and harpsichord and organ with Doreen Oke. As a harpsichordist he has performed with Rachel Brown and Dmitri Kontouras. His doctoral thesis constituted a guide to the performance of Cornelius Cardew's Octet '61 on the piano. He now teaches piano and lectures in performance practice at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, and has also guest-lectured at the Royal Academy of Music, York University, the Juilliard School, and the Manhattan School of Music.  He has performed on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, Channel 4 and also on Colombian television. He was recently made a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Aleksander is on the teaching faculty of the Cheethams International Summer School for Pianists and the Kodaly Society of Wales, and also coaches young chamber groups at home in Kent, and in Bournemouth under the auspices of the Bournemouth Chamber Music Society.

In 2014 Aleksander will be recording two CDs - one with Jill Kemp of 21st Century repertoire for recorder and piano, including works by Edward Gregson, George King, Gregory Rose, Daryl Runswick and the last ever piece composed by David Bedford. The other will be of solo piano and chamber works by Douglas Finch, tentatively titled 'Landscapes.'

Another exciting development has seen Aleksander pre-order a Seaboard keyboard instrument from ROLI, due to arrive at some point in the Summer. Join Aleksander's Facebook group - Trinity Laban Seaboard Group - to see what exciting adventures may emerge in the future!
Expand the items below to view a list of publicly performed repertoire.

  • Concerto Repertoire
  • Solo Repertoire
  • Chamber Repertoire - Violin
  • Chamber Repertoire - Cello
  • Chamber Repertoire - Viola and Piano
  • Chamber Repertoire - Double Bass and Piano
  • Chamber Repertoire - Flute and Piano
  • Chamber Repertoire - Clarinet and Piano
  • Chamber Repertoire - Horn and Piano
  • Chamber Repertoire - Oboe/Cor Anglais and Piano
  • Chamber Repertoire - Bassoon and Piano
  • Chamber Repertoire - Voice and Piano
  • Chamber Repertoire - Music for Two Pianos
  • Chamber Repertoire - Clarinet Trio
  • Chamber Repertoire - Piano and Wind Quintet/Sextet
  • Chamber Repertoire - Violin/Clarinet/Piano Trio
  • Chamber Repertoire - Horn Trio
  • Chamber Repertoire - Other Mixed Ensemble
  • Orchestral Piano/Celeste
  • Lycydas Piano Trio
Into the 21st Century - fonorum LC 13473 (2006)

Premiere recordings of Anamnisis (2003) by Basil Athanasiadis, Echo Within (2001) and Sleeping Ashes (2002) by Dai Fujikura, Átropo (2001) and Athrós (2001 rev. 2002) by Haris Kittos, and The Eemis Stane (2001) by Michael Spencer.
Piano Trio by Frederic Rzewski - fonorum (2008) itunes only

The first ever studio recording of Frederic Rzewski's Piano Trio, recorded by The Lycydas Trio.
Scafra Preludes by Daryl Runswick Dazzle Music DZ 6006 (2009)

'Aleksander Szram has been playing the Scafra Preludes since 2006: in July 2009 he took a month out from other work and devoted his time exclusively to the preparation of these recordings. The result of his commitment and dedication is a virtuosity and interpretative depth it will be hard for others to better. Recorded in my presence, I consider these the reference performances of the Scafra Preludes.' Daryl Runswick

*Also available on itunes - a 'single' of Daryl Runswick's Schumannesque tribute to his late father, Gentle do not care to know
Anzél Gerber - Live in London (released 2010)

A live recording of a recital at Deptford Hall on 12 June 2008 with the South African cellist, Anzél Gerber. Sonatas by Britten, Crumb and Rubinstein.

CDs available from Anzél Gerber
This Invisible World - with Wissam Boustany (flute) Nimbus Alliance LC 5871 (2011)

A double CD of romantic works and contemporary premieres, recorded from memory at Wyastone.

Click here for further reviews.
Third Sonata by Daryl Runswick Dazzle Music (2012)

To be released later this year, the premiere recording of Runswick's mammoth six-movement semi-improvisational work.

COMING SOON!
English Recorder Sonatas with Jill Kemp (recorder)

To be released later this year, recordings of sonatas by York Bowen, Arnold, Berkeley, Jacob and Rubbra.


Aleks' debut CD for Fonorum is now available for download from iTunes!

Entitled 21st Century Classics for Piano, it features works by Dai Fujikura, (Sleeping ashes and Echo within,) Haris Kittos (Arthros and Atropon,) Michael Spencer, (The Eemis Stane-Hommage) and Basil Athanasiades (Anamnisis.)

The CD is available from iTunes. If you do not have iTunes, it can be downloaded for free from http://www.apple.com/itunes/overview

CDs can be purchased from www.fonorum.com.
Individual tracks (downloads) can be bought from the following sites:
rhapsody.com
yottamusic.com
emusic.com

You can read reviews at MusicalPointers and by Tim Rutherford-Johnson .

Aleks' recording of the Scafra Preludes by Daryl Runswick is also available on itunes, as well as a 'single' of 'Gentle Do Not Care To Know', a Schumannesque piece by the same composer.

The Lycydas Trio has now made a studio recording of the Piano Trio by Rzewski. This is also available on itunes.

The recording of our live premiere performance of the work is available for free download at http://icking-music-archive.org/ByComposer/Rzewski.php

Two CDs with the recorder player Jill Kemp are currently in production, featuring works by Arnold, Bowen, Rubbra, Jacob and Berkeley.

This year Aleks is recording a double-album with Wissam Boustany, consisting of works by Carl Witt, Stankovych, Houtaf Khoury, Joseph Jongen, Hindemith and Mel Bonis.
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      Friday, 30 May, 2014
      19:30
      Recital with Davinder Singh (violin)
      Hertsmonceaux Castle, East Sussex
      An evening of light classical items

      Sunday, 18 May, 2014
      14:45
      Solo Piano Recital
      Underground Theatre, Eastbourne
      Works by CPE Bach, Korngold, Scriabin, Rachmaninov and Medtner

      Saturday, 22 March, 2014
      19:30
      Concert with Bradford Choral Society



      Friday, 21 March, 2014
      19:30
      Martinu Double Concerto for two string orchestras, piano and timpani
      St. Alfeges Church, Greenwich


      Sunday, 16 March, 2014
      14:45
      Recital with the Lycydas Trio
      Underground Theatre, Eastbourne
      Piano Trios by Mozart, Brahms and Douglas Finch

      Wednesday, 29 January, 2014
      Concert and workshops with Gemini
      Bristol University


      Sunday, 26 January, 2014
      19:30
      Recital with Jill Kemp (recorders)
      Stowmarket Recital Society


      Wednesday, 15 January, 2014
      19:30
      Recital with Jill Kemp (recorders)
      Bideford Concert Society


      Sunday, 08 December, 2013
      19:30
      Brahms Requiem for piano duet at Finchcocks Museum



      Saturday, 07 December, 2013
      20:00
      Recital with Wissam Boustany (flute)
      Beirut, Lebanon
      Works by Gregson and Pierne

      Thursday, 21 November, 2013
      18:00
      Recital with Wissam Boustany
      Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

      Works by Dvorak, Pierne and Sibelius
      Saturday, 05 October, 2013
      19:30
      Recital with Wissam Boustany (flute)
      Chamber Music in Little Venice
      http://www.cmlv.org.uk/musicians.php
      Works by Dvorak, Pierne, Boustany and Runswick
      Thursday, 05 September, 2013
      13:00
      Recital with Jill Kemp (recorders)
      Chelsea & Westminster Hospital


      Saturday, 17 August, 2013
      Kodaly Society of Wales Annual Course
      Rhos-y-Gilwen, Wales
      Teaching pianists and coaching chamber groups.

      Monday, 05 August, 2013
      13:00
      Concert with JIll Kemp (recorders)
      Chelsea & Westminster Hospital


      Sunday, 12 May, 2013
      2:45
      Alkan Bicentenary Tour 2013!
      Eastbourne Arts Centre
      Solo Piano Recital of works by Alkan, Chopin and Liszt

      Friday, 12 April, 2013
      13:00
      Alkan Bicentenary Tour 2013!
      St. Barnabas' Church, Ealing
      Solo Piano Recital of works by Alkan, Chopin and Liszt

      Sunday, 24 March, 2013
      14:45
      Lycydas Piano Trio (with Jon Visanji deputising on violin)
      Eastbourne Arts Centre
      Trios by Beethoven (Ghost), Mendelssohn D minor and Dvorak Trio in F minor

      Friday, 22 March, 2013
      19:00
      Metropolitan Police Male Voice Choir Annual Concert
      Regent Hall, Oxford Street - London


      Saturday, 09 March, 2013
      Leicester Flute Day

      A day of workshops with local flautists, culminating in an evening concert with Wissam Boustany
      Prokofiev Flute Sonata
      Wednesday, 06 March, 2013
      13:00
      Alkan Bicentenary Tour 2013!
      Christchurch, Bexleyheath
      Solo Piano Recital of works by Alkan, Chopin and Liszt

      Saturday, 03 November, 2012
      19:00
      Concert with London Orpheus Choir
      St. James' Church, Picadilly, London
      Brahms Requiem, plus piano duet version of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring with Marcus Andrews

      Friday, 07 September, 2012
      19:00
      Lyme Regis Flower Festival - Recital with Caroline Szram (cello)
      Church of St. Michael-the-Archangel, Lyme Regis
      Music by Vivaldi, Faure, Rachmaninov, Grieg, Liszt, Schumann, Mendelssohn

      Wednesday, 22 August, 2012
      In Search Of Inspiration 2012
      Le Domaine de Les Hallais, France
      Flute course with Wissam Boustany

      Friday, 17 August, 2012
      19:30
      Recital with Wissam Boustany at the BFS Convention 2012
      Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
      Music by Gregson and Faure

      Wednesday, 11 July, 2012
      Recording Daryl Runswick's Sonata for Piano



      Friday, 15 June, 2012
      7.30pm
      Recital with Wissam Boustany
      Hertsmonceaux Castle, East Sussex
      Music by Bonis, Gregson, Boustany, Chopin and Faure

      Thursday, 24 May, 2012
      15:00
      Bude Music Society
      Recital with Jill Kemp (recorders)
      Music by York Bowen, Berkeley, Rubbra, Bach, Handel and Sarasate
      Sunday, 13 May, 2012
      14:45
      Eastbourne Arts Centre
      Recital with Caroline Szram (cello)
      to include Beethoven Sonata in F major Op.5 No.1
      Saturday, 24 March, 2012
      Bradford
      Opera Gala Evening with Bradford Choral Society
      Piano solos by Horowitz and Rosenthal
      Friday, 16 March, 2012
      Woodford Concerts Society
      Recital with Jill Kemp (recorder)
      tbc
      Sunday, 11 March, 2012
      14:45
      Eastbourne Arts Centre
      Solo Recital
      Schumann - Humoreske, Ireland - Sarnia, etc
      Weekend of 11th/12th February 2012
      Chamber Music workshop for young musicians in Bournemouth
      Talbot Heath School, Poole


      Saturday, 21 January, 2012
      19:00
      Turner Sims, Southampton
      Concerto with Southampton Youth Orchestra
      Chopin Concerto in E minor
      Saturday, 26 November, 2011
      Dorking, Surrey
      Concerto with Dorking Philharmonic, conductor Jon Regan
      Emperor Concerto - Beethoven
      Tuesday, 15 November, 2011
      19:00
      Wimbledon Festival
      Recital with Wissam Boustany (flute)
      to include Franck Sonata
      Thursday, 03 November, 2011
      St. James' Church, Picadilly
      St. Nicolas - Britten
      London Orpheus Choir
      Wednesday, 24 August, 2011
      Chetham's School of Music, Manchester
      Chetham's International Summer School for Pianists
      Teaching until 30th August
      Tuesday, 19 July, 2011
      Wyastone, Monmouth
      Recording with Wissam Boustany (flute)
      works by Jongen, Hindemith, Bonis
      Wednesday, 06 July, 2011
      13:00
      Christchurch, Bexleyheath
      Solo Recital
      Schumann - Carnaval, smaller works by Chopin
      Saturday, 25 June, 2011
      Norway - First Norwegian Flute Convention
      Recital with Wissam Boustany (flute)
      works by Jongen, Witt, Khoury, Gregson
      Thursday, 23 June, 2011
      13:00
      Kensington, London
      Recital with Rod Seed (flute)
      tbc
      Sunday, 19 June, 2011
      Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London
      Recital with Lorna McGhee (flute)

      Monday, 13 June, 2011
      St. James' Church, Picadilly
      Recital with Jill Kemp (recorder)
      Music by Arnold, York Bowen etc.
      Sunday, 12 June, 2011
      Eastbourne Arts Centre
      Recital with Jill Kemp (recorder)
      Music by Arnold, York Bowen, Jacob, Rubbra, Berkeley, Bach, Handel and Telemann
      Friday, 27 May, 2011
      19:00
      Hertsmonceux Castle
      Recital with Midori Sugiyama and Toby Tramaseur (violins)
      Works by Mozart, Sarasate, Beethoven. Piano solos by Chopin and Moszkowski
      Thursday, 19 May, 2011
      19:00
      St. James' Church, Picadilly
      Recital with Wissam Boustany (flute)
      Music by Gregson, Jongen, Witt and Bonis
      Saturday, 07 May, 2011
      19:00
      Flute School, Leicester
      Recital with Wissam Boustany (flute)
      Jongen Sonata
      Sunday, 17 April, 2011
      16:00
      St. Michael's Church, Lyme Regis
      Concert with Lyme Bay Chorale, cond. Alex Davies
      Brahms Requiem (2 pianos), piano solos by Bach
      Friday, 01 April, 2011
      Wyastone, Monmouth
      Recording with Wissam Boustany
      Works by Witt, Khoury and Stankovych
      Monday, 21 March, 2011
      19:00
      Barbican, London
      Metropolitan Police Male Voice Choir

      Friday, 04 March, 2011
      17:30
      BBC Radio 3 Live Broadcast - "In Tune"
      Recital with Stefan Hoskuldsson (flute)
      Works by Ravel, Feld and Taffanel
      Sunday, 20 February, 2011
      17:00
      Burgess School, West Sussex
      Recital with Wissam Boustany (flute)
      Works by Witt, Bonis and Stankovych
      Saturday, 19 February, 2011
      19:30
      St. Peter and St. Paul's Church, Edenbridge, Kent
      Recital with Jill Kemp (recorder)
      Music by Arnold, York Bowen, Rubbra, Berkeley, Bach, Handel and Telemann
      Sunday, 06 February, 2011
      15:00
      Eastbourne Arts Centre
      The Lycydas Piano Trio
      Trios by Brahms, Schumann and Ireland




Here are a series of links to Aleks' most frequent collaborators

Brodowski Quartet - www.brodowskiquartet.com

Wissam Boustany - www.towardshumanity.org

Ian Clarke - www.ianclarke.net

Dai Fujikura - www.daifujikura.com

Leonid Gorokhov - www.leonidgorokhov.com

Gareth Hanson - www.garethhanson.com

Jill Kemp - www.jillkemp.com

Prema Kesselman - www.premakesselman.com

Haris Kittos - www.hariskittos.com

Karl Lutchmayer - www.karllutchmayer.com

Eimear McGeown - www.eimearmcgeown.com

Carolus Rex - www.carolusrex.com

Daryl Runswick - www.darylrunswick.net

Maya Sapone - www.mayasapone.co.uk


'...Szram himself took on the biggest challenge, the 30s 'Quasi-Faust' movement, a lengthy tone-poem for piano all of its own, featuring an 8-part 'exorcism by fugue' at its climax. This, I imagine, is the sort of music that gets Alkanites most excited: absurd keyboard figurations, bewildering technique and a bludgeoning approach to formal construction. Heavy metal for the 19th century. Szram's playing was up to the fight: he is one of only a handful of pianists believed to have performed the complete sonata, and it was fitting that he took the showpiece movement...'
Tim Rutherford-Johnson, Musical Pointers
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'...There is an umbilical cord that bonds these two musicians together; as one of them blows, the other one caresses or touches the keys of the piano...'
L’Orient - Le Jour 2011


'... a marvellous recital...very special; recommended unreservedly...'
Musical Pointers (December 2011)


'...The playing by both Boustany and Szram is sensitive, lyric, and emotionally charged...'
Flute Talk (January 2012)
"....The next part of the concert was performed by Wissam Boustany and Aleksander Szram, their first concert in Norway and as usual, completely by memory. From a classical music standpoint, it is unusual that a flautist memorises their entire programme and exceptional that the pianist has memorized their part... However, the memory aspect deserves a special mention given its rarity... the many details that they have memorised and the very different, meticulously detailed and refined performance we as the audience were given as a result... The audience was immediately struck by ‘the sound’ this duo has and their ensemble playing. Each note was taken care of; each phrase soared whether lyrical or grotesque... Boustany and Szram played effortlessly together creating a sound picture that took no consideration of the difficulty of some of the techniques used to create that picture... ...It was clear that Boustany and Szram have exceptional interplay and communication - slight lift of the flute, a tilt of the head – something possible when they are no longer dependent on the written notes and page turns. Their strong personalities complement each other to create a deep bond that communicates out to us as their audience and encompassed us in this experience – the boundary between the stage and the audience became invisible as we were drawn into and made a part of the shared energy in their performance..
Veronica M. Nagel-Alne - Norway Flute Festival (June 2011)
'... He and his phenomenal piano collaborator, Aleksander Szram, both played the entire recital by memory...The audience yelled on their feet afterwards, and no wonder...'
Helen Spielman, M.A., FLUTE List on the Internet (Sept 2008)


'...Boustany and pianist Aleksander Szram are well-matched, perfectly attuned. Performed without scores, their interpretations have an aura of freedom and improvisation. The music they’ve chosen has enormous emotional and technical range. The older pieces are delightful and unhackneyed, the newer ones serious in intent and well worth hearing. This is an unusal and highly recommended release.'
Ron Bieman - Music and Vision, August 2012 (USA)
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'...This is a very rewarding disc — carefully recorded — that deserves many repeated listenings and that offers something to listeners coming at it from many stylistic perspectives'
Tim Rutherford-Johnson
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'It was clear from the outset that Boustany and Szram had exceptional stage presence, filling the hall with their personalities as well as with their music... One had the sense in this concert that the performers were sharing a deeply personal experience. The response of the audience was genuinely enthusiastic, and one has the sense that this is what music is all about - performers reaching out to the public to enable a shared emotional response.'
musicweb
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'Star for the evening was 21-year-old Aleksander Szram, a third-year student at Trinity College of Music. He conveyed a depth of feeling and showed technical virtuosity which belied his years in Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor.'
Caroline Rippier, Salisbury paper
'... an enterprising programme began with Dvorak's Dumky Trio. Pianist Aleksander Szram was in excellent form and the fast-moving passages were played with precision and clarity.'
Gareth Jones, East Anglia Daily Times
'Aleksander Szram was in complete command of this difficult repertoire, and his attentiveness to his soloist, always looking to her bow, was reminiscent of Menahem Pressler's way in the Beaux Arts Trio.'
Musical Pointers
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'...The Lycydas Trio presented it (The Piano Trio by Rzewski) with aplomb, belying it's difficulty...their wit and vitality shone out...'
Peter Grahame Woolf, www.musicalpointers.co.uk
'He began with Beethoven’s Sonata Op.109, displaying a fine range and fluency. Next he continued with Rondo Capriccioso by Mendelssohn with a passion and dexterity which were astonishing. Hall secretary Roy Martin said “it was remarkable how Aleks coaxed notes out of our piano we did not know existed.”'
Joan Wood, Chilworth Gazette
'Aleksander Szram’s performance of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 could not fail to bring a lump to the throat.'
Richard Chisnell, Hampshire Chronicle
'...what was consistently compelling was the way Douglas Finch and Aleksander Szram thought and played as one – their four hands intertwining was fun to watch – with a technical and musical completeness that was revealing and fertile, the recesses of the opening to Part Two being hypnotically sounded...'
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Colin Anderson, on piano-duet performance of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, May 2004
'They began with Haydn’s Piano Trio in B flat in which Aleksander Szram gave a sparkling performance at the piano… This was a thoroughly enjoyable concert by three highly promising musicians who deserve every encouragement and success.’
Gareth Jones, East Anglia Daily Times

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The Lycydas Trio has been performing regularly ever since its formation at Trinity College of Music in 1998. In recent times, the group has, on occasion, expanded to become the Lycydas Piano Quartet, and the Lycydas Piano Quintet, in order to cover a wider range of the strings and piano repertoire. The group has been coached by Menahem Pressler, the Brodsky Quartet, Martino Tirimo, Gerald Robbins and Martin Lovett, and has performed at the major UK venues as well as for several music societies. In 1999, the Trio was invited to perform for the Goldschmidt Society's annual lecture hosted by Norman Le Brecht, and in the following year were awarded 3rd Prize in the John Barbirolli Competition. In May 2001, it gave the premieres of two compositions by Dai Fujikura at the Halifax Young Musician's Chamber Music Platform, and the premiere of the Anthony Green Trio at Cheltenham Festival. The Trio has also performed twice at the 'Peter the Great' Festival in Holland, where it was presented with an Honorary Award in 2002. In May 2003 the Trio gave an acclaimed performance of the Roger Smalley Piano Trio at his 60th birthday festival, and in October of that year gave the premiere of the Piano Trio in A minor by Sibelius at the Finnish Embassy, subsequently giving many performances of this work across the UK. In May 2006 the Trio premiered the Frederic Rzewski Trio at the Trinity Rzewski Festival, subsequently issuing the first recording of the work in 2008 for the German label, fonorum. In May 2007 the Trio performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Southampton University Sinfonietta at Turner Sims, conducted by Andrew Morley, and in 2010 performed the complete Beethoven Trios over three concerts at Eastbourne Arts Centre. This year they will be recording the Trio by Douglas Finch, having given the UK premiere of the work at Blackheath Halls in October 2007.

Toby Tramaseur - Violin

Toby Tramaseur completed the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Apprenticeship Scheme in 2006, as one of two violinists chosen, and has since regularly performed, recorded and toured with the orchestra across Europe and Asia. As well as working with the LPO, Toby frequently performs in London’s west-end musicals, various film sessions and was previously a member of the Recreation Grosses Orchestra, Graz (Austria). In 2001, Toby won first prize in the J&A Beare Classical Concerto Competition and graduated from Trinity College of Music in 2002 with a 1st Class Honours Degree, the Nicholas Roth Memorial Prize and the L.T.C.L in pedagogy (Licenciate Trinity College London).  Toby continued his studies with scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music under Diana Cummings, where he was a member of the Royal Academy Soloists, graduating with distinction and the L.R.A.M (Licenciate Royal Academy of Muisc) from the post-graduate course. From 2006-2008 he completed his studies in the prestigious class of Professor Yair Kless at the University of Graz, Austria. Toby has been awarded scholarships to take part in Masterclasses in Europe and the USA with Ruggiero Ricci, Rainer Küchel, Yair Kless, Tasmin Little and Thomas Brandis amongst others. Future engagements include Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Dorking Philharmonia.

Caroline Szram - Cello

Caroline was born in Suffolk, England and begun her cello studies with Gordon Pringle on a scholarship at Trinity College of Music Junior Department, London, where she was awarded the Friends of Junior Trinity Prize and performed at the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room. She went on to study for her BMus at the Senior Department with Naomi Butterworth, and was principal cellist of the Sinfonia, as well as being a member of the Britten-Pears Orchestra. After graduation she studied with Raphael Wallfisch while enjoying an active career as a performer and teacher, and playing in masterclasses for Han-Na Chan and Stanimir Todorov. During this time she toured Spain as the concerto soloist with the Suffolk Youth Orchestra, performed the Elgar concerto at Snape Maltings as part of their Prom Series and played Tchaikovsky's Rococo Variations with the Southend Philharmonic, while also performing in Japan, the US and across Europe. In 2006 she completed her Masters Degree at the University of British Columbia, where she studied on a full scholarship with Eric Wilson (modern cello) and Nan Mackie (baroque cello.) Caroline teaches at The Grey Coat Hospital School, Westminster.

Aleksander Szram tracks
Two different versions of Daryl Runswick's improvised sonata Blueprint can be downloaded here.

The live recording of the premier performance of Frederic Rzewski's Piano Trio, (given by the Lycydas Trio,) can be downloaded here.

Aleks' Doctoral Thesis on the performance of Cardew's Octet '61 for Jasper Johns on solo piano can be downloaded here.
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