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2 Mellerstain White Cottages
Scotland, TD3 6LG
United Kingdom

July 11 - Lewis Banks (saxophone) and Marianna Abrahamyan (piano)

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Concerts take place at Mellerstain House, commencing at 7:30 unless otherwise stated. Tickets should be booked in advance since the Music Room has limited capacity.


July 11 - Lewis Banks (saxophone) and Marianna Abrahamyan (piano)

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July 11 - Lewis Banks (saxophone) and Marianna Abrahamyan (piano)

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Programme for July 11

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune - Claude Debussy

Glass - Graham Fitkin

Histoire du Tango - Astor Piazzolla

Adagio and Allegro - Robert Schumann


Gate - Graham Fitkin

After the Tryst - James MacMillan

Fantasia - Heitor Villa - Lobos

Deja Vu - Jay Capperauld

Escualo - Astor Piazzolla

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Praised by The Herald for his virtuosity and blinding characterisation, Lewis Banks is a Scottish saxophonist dedicated to exploring the music of the past and the future through dynamic live performances.

His 2019 season sees the launch of his new project ‘Afterlife’, an artistic response to David Eagleman’s book ‘Sum’ featuring new music by Scottish composer Jay Capperauld and art film from director Paul Wright. Lewis will premiere selections of the music during recitals at the Purcell Room and St Martin in the Fields in early 2019.

Previously, Lewis studied at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he performed as a soloist with The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, achieved 100% in both his graduation recitals, won most major competitions and was awarded the Principal’s Prize in his final year. Lewis is due to return to the Conservatoire in May 2019 to give the U.K premiere of the orchestral version of L’Arlessienne Fantasy Concerto by Santiago Baez, where he will be joined by the composer at the piano.


Armenian pianist Marianna Abrahamyan is the second prize and five special award winner at the Orléans Concours International 2016. Currently on her doctoral studies (Doctor of Performance) at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Marianna is a graduate from the University of Agder in Norway and the Yerevan State Conservatoire in Armenia, she began piano study at the age of 5, taught by her mother, followed by a specialised education at the Tchaikovsky Professional Music School for talented children in Armenia.

As a concert soloist, Ms. Abrahamyan has performed with the Volgograd State Symphony Or-chestra in Russia, the Agder Symphony Orchestra in Norway, with the Court Circuit Ensemble in France. In recital, Marianna appeared at the Concert des lauréats d’OCI making her debut at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris. Additionally, she has been engaged at the Piano City Festival in Milan, Salle de L’institut in Orléans, Columbia Global Centre in Paris, Festival Musica Da Casa Menotti in Spoleto, Chiostro dei Teatini in Lecce, CRR Paris, Festival Internacional En-cuentros in Buenos Aires, Festival Pro Arte in Córdoba, Cafesjian Center for the Arts in Yerevan, Oslo Cathedral and Kilden Performing Art Centre in Norway and performed live in La Matinale de France Musique for Radio France.

A multiple prizewinner at the Orléans Concours International, Ms. Abrahamyan’s awards in-clude the Prix Sacem, Prix Albert Roussel, Prix Samson François, Prix des Etudiants du conserva-toire d’Orléans and the Artist in Residence scholarship award by the Foundation Geneviève Joy-Henry Dutilleux at L’Abbaye de Fontevraud in France. Recently, she has also won the first prize at the Bamber Galloway piano competition in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

An in-demand collaborative pianist, Marianna studied and worked with the Opera School of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In line with her work with singers, Ms. Abrahamyan appeared at the Kathleen Ferrier Society Bursary Competition 2016, winning the Dennis Horner Accom-panist’s Prize. Marianna was a Samling Artist for 2018, and recently performed for His Royal Highness,The Prince of Wales at Dumfries House. She appeared also at the Berlin Song Festi-val.

A proactive exponent of contemporary music, Marianna has collaborated with living compos-ers such as Philip Hersant, Hèctor Parra, Konrad Mikal Ørhn, Rolf Gupta, Pierre Jodlowski and Alicia Terzian.

Marianna’s teachers have included Armen Babakhanian, Sveinung Bjelland and Sinae Lee.

Since his undergraduate degree, Lewis has been working regularly as a freelance orchestral musician with ensembles such as the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and The Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Lewis also frequently appears in a formal recital setting, most notably through The Worshipful Company of Musicians (Masie Lewis Award 2018) and the Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artists Award (2018 – 20). In addition, Lewis was named runner – up at the Bromsgrove International Musician’s competition in April 2018.