The second Concert in the 57th Season of the Andover Music Club was given by Alice Neary and Gretel Dowdeswell. They played works by Beethoven, Schumann and Prokoviev.
"What struck me was the vitality of the playing, coupled with maturity. They obviously enjoy playing together, and are not afraid to try out new pieces to blend with the old. I think they will go far."
Alice Neary and Gretel Dowdeswell began playing together in 1995 and have given many performances throughout Britain, including broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.
Alice Neary was educated at Chetham's School of Music before continuing her studies at the Royal Northern Collegeof Music and at the State University of New York, USA.
She was the winner of the 1998 Pierre Fournier Award and has won major prizes around the world, ranging from the USA to New Zealand.
January 1999 saw her Wigmore Hall debut and she has also given recitals at the Bridgewater Hall and the Purcell Room. To mark the 250th anniversary of Bach's death, she gave a series of concerts at St John's Smith Square, which included all the Bach Suites.
As well as concerto performances with the English Chamber Orchestra and the Israeli Symphony Orchestra, among others, she has broadcast on Radio 3 and appeared in the South Bank Show on Taverner. She played the solo cello part in a Sony recording of Innocence by John Taverner.
Alice plays a Gagliano cello of 1720 and is a member of the Ovid Ensemble.
Gretel Dowdeswell studied at the Royal Academy of Music before going on to the Academie Maurice Ravel in St Jean-de-Luz, where she was awarded the Medaille Maurice Ravel for her performance of the Liszt B mino Sonata. Financed by the Countess of Munster Musical trust, she was a long-term resident at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada.
Gretel is a founder member of the Gould Piano Trio, which has won both national and international competitions. The Trio's debut recording was released as the cover disc of the BBC Music Magazine in August 1996. Her work with the Trio included many broadcasts for Radio 3, plus a concert tour and education project based around Chapman's Pool,a commission by Judith Bingham.
She has made many solo and concerto appearances around the world.