ASHLEY SOLOMON, baroque flute
TERENCE CHARLSTON, harpsichord
Sunday, November 3, 2013,
at 3:00 p.m.
The British ensemble Florilegium, ensemble in residence at the Royal College of Music since 2008, will be represented by flutist Ashley Solomon and harpsichordist Terence Charlston when they return to the Collection on November 3. Their program, “At the Court of Frederick the Great,” celebrates last year’s tercentenary of the birth of the music-loving King of Prussia who lived from 1712 to 1786. Included are works by the monarch’s flute teacher, Johann Joachim Quantz, and his court harpsichordist, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.
Director and flutist Ashley Solomon received first-class honours at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Success in major competitions helped him launch a worldwide career as a soloist. Solomon’s extensive discography with Florilegium also includes numerous solo discs, among them a recording of the complete Bach flute sonatas, which was selected as one of the Gramophone’s favorite CDs for 2001. He was awarded the 2008 Hans Roth Prize by the Bolivian government in recognition of the assistance he has provided to the country’s natives through the presentation of Bolivian baroque music on the international stage.
Terence Charlston’s studies in Oxford and London led to an early career in church music. As a harpsichord and organ soloist, he has toured extensively in Europe, as well as in Japan, the USA and South America. He was a member of London Baroque between 1995 and 2007. Highlights among his over 50 recordings include Matthew Locke’s complete organ and harpsichord music, Carlo Ignazio Monza’s Pièces modernes pour le clavecin, William Byrd’s My Ladye Nevell’s Booke, and the world premiere recording of music from a recently discovered keyboard manuscript of Antoine Selosse.