Rose McLachlan

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University of Leeds School of Music, Cavendish Road, Leeds, LS2 9JT


Leeds Inspired

Rose McLachlan

5th July 2024

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Sonata no 18 in D Major, K576
Leoš Janáček – Piano Sonata 1.X.1905
Nitzan Vardi – Nocturne: As They Come & Go, from “22 Nocturnes for Chopin”
Caroline Wright – Nocturne: Reflections, from “22 Nocturnes for Chopin”
Zoe Rahman – Nocturne for Chopin, from “22 Nocturnes for Chopin”
Sergei Rachmaninoff – Variations on a Theme of Corelli, op 41

Beginning the concert with Mozart’s last piano sonata which whilst tuneful and lighthearted, demonstrates dazzling contrapuntal craft. Then moving towards the 20th century, pairing works by Janáček and Rachmaninov with folk influences: (Rachmaninov’s Variations on a Theme of Corelli, is actually based on “La Folia” (“Madness” an old Iberian folk dance tune) and the Variations toil and climax, but conclude in states of reflection. Also including 3 pieces from the newly released book ‘22 nocturnes for Chopin’ which is a collection of pieces by contemporary female composers initiated by Rose alongside EVC publications.

Rose McLachlan comes from a family of musicians and began piano lessons with her father aged 7. Shortly after she joined Chetham’s School of Music where she studied with Helen Krizos. In 2020, she entered the Royal Northern College of Music, and now is at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the tutelage of Charles Owen, Martin Roscoe and Ronan O’Hora.

She appears frequently with orchestra, making her debut aged 13 in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has performed with the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Barry Wordsworth and was broadcasted twice on Radio 3. As a result of winning the PianoTexas Festival concerto competition, she performed with the Fort Worth Symphony. Rose has already had considerable successes in national and international competitions; she was the overall winner of the 2016 Scottish International Youth Prize at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and as a result of winning the Yamaha Prize in the 2017 EPTA UK competition, Rose performed at St Martins in the Fields. As an overall winner of the Chetham’s concerto competition in February 2018, Rose was selected to perform the Ravel G major concerto with the Chetham’s symphony orchestra during the 2018-19 season. In 2018 Rose also won the Chopin and Beethoven prizes at Chetham’s and in 2019 she was overall winner of the junior intercollegiate Beethoven Piano Society of Europe competition. Also, in 2019 Rose was the overall winner of the 11th “Dora Pejacevich“ competition organised by EPTA Croatia. In 2022, Rose was awarded the Chopin Prize at the RNCM and was named Kirklees Young Musician of the Year.

2018 saw her first commercial recording being issued by Divine Art, performing ‘Five Hebridean Dances’ by John McLeod and in January 2020, Rose recorded piano duets by the distinguished British composer, Edward Gregson, with her father for a new commercial recording on the Naxos label. Rose is an avid chamber musician; playing in a piano trio, piano duo and with singers. She has performed major song cycles, including Schumann’s Liederkreis in the Manchester Song Festival. With her trio, they were awarded Nossek Prize at the RNCM for their performance of Arensky’s Trio no. 1. Rose has performed in Germany, Switzerland and the UK with violinist Esther Abrami. Rose is extremely grateful to receive support from The Caird Trust, The Sir James Gibb award, Michael McLean and she is a Talent Unlimited artist.