The concert, which took place on June 4, performed by Sascha Bota (viola) and Cameron Roberts (piano), is the first in the “Enescu Series” after the quarantine measures announced in March and is an opportunity to reaffirm the community spirit that helped millions of people in these times of crisis.
The contribution brought by the Romanian community in Great Britain in the fight against the pandemic will be honored through an event organized by the Romanian Cultural Institute in London and the Romanian Embassy in Great Britain, it is shown in a communiqué sent by ICR, according to news.ro.
The concert took place at ICR London, in 1 Belgrave Square, in front of a Wall of Goodwill, consisting of photographs of Romanians working in the forefront in the UK in the fields of health and social work, education and childcare, food and supplies , public safety, transport, utilities, etc.).
From the program: J. S. Bach – “Sonata No. 1 in G major for viola and piano”, R. Schumann – “Märchenbilder, Op.113” and G. Enescu – “Konzertstück for viola and piano”.
Alexandru-Mihai (Sascha) Bota was born in Timişoara in a family of musicians, and his career as a chamber musician, soloist and member of an orchestra took him all over the world. Sascha began her musical studies at the age of 5, first on violin and then viola, winning first prize for 5 consecutive years.
Sascha Bota recently moved to London after spending 5 years in Sydney as a member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. In recent years, he has performed as a soloist in orchestras such as the Aurora Orchestra, Britten Symphony, London Mozart Players, Academy of Ancient Music, English Chamber Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra, as well as chamber music with members of the London Symphony Orchestra and St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Sascha is a member of the Navarra string quartet.
Australian pianist Cameron Roberts performs in the UK, Europe and Australia as a soloist and chamber musician. He has recently given concerts at the Purcell Room and the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Teatro Real in Madrid and at festivals in Geneva, Rome, Valencia, Amsterdam and Colombia.
For many years, Cameron Roberts was an associate artist and chamber music teacher at the Escuela de Música Superior Reina Sofía in Madrid. He has recorded several albums, including Goldberg Variations and Original Transcriptions (2006), Original Piano Transcriptions (2009), The 3 Brahms Violin (Flute) Sonatas with Jacques Zoon (Vox Animae, 2016) and, to be released in 2020, an album of Australian flute music with Derek Jones. Cameron currently resides in London, where he teaches piano technique, learning fine motor skills and accident prevention (a field in which he holds a doctorate and a medical degree) and is about to publish the book “The Clear-Thinking Pianist”.
The concert was broadcast live on the Facebook page and on the YouTube channel ICR London (recording will is available on the website).