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Joseph Houston and Sarah Saviet – Masterclass and Concert

Joseph Houston and Sarah Saviet – Masterclass and Concert

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12:30 PM

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Attenborough Centre

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Debussy: Sonata for violin and piano

Cassandra Miller: for mira (solo violin)

2x student pieces chosen from the workshop

Christian Mason: Remembered Resonance (solo piano)

Messiaen: Theme and Variations

(approx 55 minutes)



Presented by University of Sussex and ACCA.

“A programme built around works by two titans of the 20th Century, this programme explores themes of resonance, memory, and ecstasy. Violinist Sarah Saviet and pianist Joseph Houston take you on a journey through music of the 20th and 21st centuries that culminates in the wild joy of Messiaen’s Theme and Variations.”


Sarah Saviet is a violinist based in Berlin and dedicated to the performance of contemporary music. She performs as a soloist and chamber musician and is a member of the Saviet/Houston Duo and Riot Ensemble. Sarah’s recent recording of Liza Lim’s violin concerto ‘Speak, Be Silent,’ with the Riot Ensemble was selected as one of New Yorker Magazine’s ‘Best recordings of 2019.’

Recent performances include soloist with Klangforum Wien as part of Märzmusik in the Berliner Philharmonie, and the premiere of Rebecca Saunders and Enno Poppe’s duo Taste at Witten Festival 2022. Sarah curates a concert series at km28 in Neukölln, Berlin. She performs regularly with with ensembles such as Ensemble Mosaik, Ensemble Modern, Musikfabrik, ELISION, and orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, Rundfunk Sinfonie Berlin, WDR Sinfonieorchester, and Konzerthaus Berlin. She studied at Indiana University with Jorja Fleezanis and Mauricio Fuks, and at the University of the Arts Berlin with Nora Chastain, supported by a DAAD grant.

Joseph Houston is a British pianist based in Berlin. His performance practice encompasses a range of music, including contemporary and experimental music; late 19th- and early 20th-century piano music; and his own compositions. He is a member of the Saviet/Houston Duo, the Octandre Ensemble, and has performed in duos with Rolf Hind (piano), Lore Lixenberg (voice), Lucy Railton (cello), Rebecca Lane (flutes), as well as with groups such as the Boulez Ensemble, the Berlin PianoPercussion Ensemble, Riot Ensemble, and the Phonetic Orchestra.

Joseph aims to curate unique and immersive programmes that combine music from various genres, generating a whole that challenges and informs the understanding of each individual work, while involving himself as much as possible in the compositional process of new commissions. Recent highlights include solo performances at Donaueschinger Musiktage 2019, broadcast on SWR2; the world premiere of a new duo by Rebecca Saunders and Enno Poppe at Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik 2022; a and CD of chamber music by Thomas Simaku with Quatuor Diotima released on BIS.

Masterclass: 12:30 – 14:00. During the masterclass Joseph and Sarah will be workshopping and discussing selected new student compositions, two of which will appear in the proceeding concert.

Concert: 14:15

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