Mark o'Keefe

Mark O’Keefe & Sasha Savaloni – Sunday 9th January 2022

County Buildings, Wigtown – 3:00pm

Programme includes music by Dowland, JS Bach, Ravel, Oiazolla, De Falla, Granados, Sanz, Villa Lobos, Takemitsu

Mark O’Keefe

has held the post of principal trumpet with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra since December 1996. He began his musical studies at the age of seven.

In 1992, Mark was chosen as the winner of the RTE Musician of the Future competition. He was subsequently appointed Associate Principal Trumpet of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, a post he held for four years.

He has appeared as soloist with the BBCSSO performing new works by Judith Bingham, Mark Anthony Turnage, Thea Musgrave and Tansy Davies, as well as concertos by Telemann, Haydn, Hummel and Shostakovich.

In addition to his career with the BBCSSO, he plays chamber music with Scottish based Red Note Ensemble also London Sinfonietta and has been guest Principal Trumpet with the World Orchestra for Peace, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Opera House Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Halle Orchestra.

He teaches at the RCS Glasgow, the RNCM Manchester and was awarded a distinguished alumni of Cork School of Music in 2018.

Sasha Savaloni

Sasha SavaloniClassical guitarist Sasha Savaloni is the 1st prize winner of the prestigious Sevilla International Guitar Competition in 2018.

As a soloist he has given concerts in Italy, Spain, France, Cyprus, Iran, Ireland and throughout the UK, performing recitals in venues such as the Kings Place (London), Sage Gateshead (Newcastle), City Halls (Glasgow), Holyrood Palace (Edinburgh), DIT Conservatory (Dublin) and the Leeds College of Music as well as performances in festivals such as the London Guitar Festival, St Magnus International Festival, Sul Tasto Paris, Festival de la Guitarra de Sevilla, Big Guitar Weekend and Festival Corde d’Autunno.

He has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the European Union Youth Orchestra. He has also performed and given interviews for BBC Radio Scotland’s Classics Unwrapped programme.

Sasha is a lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He is also pursuing a Doctoral degree at the RCS focusing on performance of Schubert’s music on guitar.

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