London Tango Quintet

David Juritz Violin
Craig Ogden Guitar
Miloš Milivojević Accordion
David Gordon Piano
Richard Pryce Double Bass

‘An outstanding ensemble. A virtuoso display all round and a joy to have as part of the festival.'

The London Tango Quintet is a unique group of five internationally acclaimed musicians performing tango music at the highest level. Music by the legendary Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla is interspersed with stunning instrumental solos featuring music by Scarlatti, Marcello and Arvo Pärt. The result is an energetic, inspiring and thoroughly enjoyable evening of relaxed virtuosity. Read More

PRESS

'We had a wonderful evening with the Quintet, they played brilliantly individually and together. The audience really enjoyed the tango pieces, but also very much appreciated the more classical solos which interspersed the programme. The evening had a great atmosphere.'

Bradfield Festival of Music, Sheffield

'An exciting, fiery and energetic performance to be enjoyed by all. I cannot recommend London Tango Quintet enough.’

Stapleford Granary, Cambridge

‘An outstanding ensemble. A virtuoso display all round and a joy to have as part of the festival.'

Beaumaris Festival, Wales

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Five acclaimed musicians drawn together by a love of the tango. Chart topping guitar virtuoso, Craig Ogden, is joined by the extraordinary accordionist, Miloš Milivojević, described by the Times as 'a hurricane of musical invention'. Pianist/composer David Gordon regularly tours as a jazz musician, harpsichordist and director of internationally renowned ensembles while double bassist, Richard Pryce, works with all the major orchestras and artists from Jamie Cullum to Shirley Bassey. Violinist and founder of the quintet, David Juritz, made headlines when he busked around the world for charity. His playing has been described by The Strad Magazine as having a quality of 'aching lyricism … naked expression in the grip of an icy control.'

 

Read more about the quintet below

David Juritz was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and began playing the violin at the age of five. He was awarded an Associated Board Scholarship to the Royal College of Music where he won the RCM’s top award, the Tagore Gold Medal.

On leaving the RCM, he joined English Chamber Orchestra before being appointed leader of the London Mozart Players, a position he held until 2010. He made many appearances as soloist and director with the LMP, including his debut at the 2006 BBC Promenade Concerts.

Other performances have included appearances as soloist and director at the Tonhalle in Zurich, performances of the Beethoven and Brahms violin concertos in Tokyo, the Tchaikovsky concerto with the London Concert Orchestra at the Barbican, solos with the English Chamber and City of Birmingham Symphony orchestras and the world premiere of ‘Tales from South America’, a tango concerto written for him by Cecilia McDowall. His numerous film credits as orchestra leader include the soundtracks to Long Walk to Freedom, The Theory of Everything and Last King of Scotland.

David’s recording of the Vivaldi Four Seasons, re-released by Nimbus Alliance in 2012, was hailed by critics as one of the finest interpretations of that much-recorded work. David’s recording of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo, released on the same label in May 2011, was also warmly received.

In 2005, David took on the role of Director of the Burton Bradstock Festival in Dorset, where he presents unique programmes to capacity audiences and has developed a real musical community.

During a five-month sabbatical in 2007, David busked around the world. On the 60,000 mile journey through 50 cities in 24 countries on six continents, he paid for the entire journey with his busking earnings by playing Bach on the streets. He used the trip to raise funds for music education projects for disadvantaged children in developing countries. He remains deeply committed to encouraging young musicians in the developing world working in Kurdistan with young musicians from the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq and students at Xiquitsi in Maputo, Mozambique.

David plays on a violin made by J.B. Guadagnini in Piacenza in 1748.

Australian born guitarist Craig Ogden is one of the most exciting artists of his generation. He studied guitar from the age of seven and percussion from the age of thirteen. He is the youngest instrumentalist to have received a Fellowship Award from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

One of the UK’s most recorded guitarists, his recordings for Virgin/EMI, Chandos, Nimbus, Hyperion, Sony and Classic FM have received wide acclaim. Craig’s five Classic FM albums all shot straight to No.1 in the UK classical chart and he is one of Classic FM’s most played artists.

Craig Ogden has performed concertos with all the main UK orchestras plus many abroad. He regularly appears as soloist and chamber musician at major venues and collaborates with the UK’s top artists and ensembles. Craig enjoys performing new works for guitar and gave the world premiere of a concerto written for him by Andy Scott with the Northern Chamber Orchestra in Manchester in November 2017, followed by the Australian premiere in Perth in September 2018. He gave the world premiere of ‘Il Filo’, a double concerto for guitar and accordion by David Gordon with Miloš Milivojević in summer 2019 and will give the world premiere of a concerto by David Knotts with the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London in January 2021 which will be recorded by BBC Radio 3. He has presented programmes on BBC Radio 3, BBC Northern Ireland and ABC Classic FM (Australia).

Craig Ogden is Head of Guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Adjunct Fellow of the University of Western Australia, Associate Artist of The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Curator of Craig Ogden’s Guitar Weekend at The Bridgewater Hall, Director of the Dean & Chadlington Summer Music Festival and Visiting Musician at Oriel College, University of Oxford.

Award-winning accordionist Miloš Milivojević was born in Serbia. His versatility as a musician performing different genres including classical, tango and world music, has ensured he is in demand internationally.

Miloš studied in Kragujevac and won international competitions in Italy, Denmark, France and Germany before coming to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music. Whilst there, he won the prestigious Derek Butler Prize and began his mission to promote the accordion as an instrument in the concert hall. He has since given dozens of world premieres as well as first UK performances of works by composers including Howard Skempton, Ben Foskett, Elena Firsova and Luciano Berio.

Miloš’s diverse musical commitments as a soloist, chamber musician and regular member of the London Tango Quintet, Kosmos Ensemble, Accord Duo and Balkan group Paprika have taken him to festivals across the UK, Russia, Slovenia, Hungary, Italy, Iceland, Serbia, Montenegro, Spain, the Canary Islands, Malta, Australia and New Zealand. His repertoire ranges from contemporary music with the London Sinfonietta to tangos on Strictly Come Dancing.

The versatility of Miloš’s playing extends to working with leading opera companies and he is regularly invited to perform with Opera North, most recently in their production of Mozart’s Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Humperdinck's - Hansel and Gretel and Donizetti's Elixir of Love. In 2017 Miloš performed Brett Dean’s new opera of Shakespeare’s great tragedy, Hamlet, with Glyndebourne Opera’s touring production.

In 2014, Miloš was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music ARAM for his contribution to music. Miloš is extremely grateful to the Burton Bradstock Festival for generous support towards his professional music career. He is an official artist and exclusively performs on Pigini Accordions. Miloš’s debut solo CD “Accord for Life” is available on the Nimbus label.

There are few musicians who cross musical boundaries with as much relish as David Gordon.  David has degrees in mathematics and logic, but retains enough sense of humour to perform and compose music. His piano has taken him from Ronnie Scott's in London to the Red Sea Jazz Festival and the Copenhagen Jazzhouse, with any number of smoky dives on the way. He has played at international jazz festivals with his own group, the David Gordon Trio, violinist Christian Garrick's quartet and a quartet with jazz singer Jacqui Dankworth, entitled 'Butterfly's Wing'.

His many recordings with his own trio have earned rave reviews and over 20 CDs featuring his compositions have established him as a unique talent on the British music scene. In 2009 he was awarded an Ability Media International Award for 'Semmerwater', a community musical play commissioned by the Swaledale Festival.

With a passion for the music of South America, David is a musician perfectly at ease whether he’s playing Samba rhythms at 606 Club, directing the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra or sat at his harpsichord in an Austrian concert hall.

Richard was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music where he won the Eugene Croft Solo Double-Bass Prize, and went on to do the post-graduate Jazz course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Since then, he has been in demand as a classical, studio and jazz musician appearing at venues from Ronnie Scott’s to The Royal Opera House. Richard has worked with artists including The Dixie Chicks, Jamie Cullum, Nitin Sawhney and Shirley Bassey and he is regularly invited to play electric bass with ensembles such as the London Symphony Orchestra and The Philharmonia.

Richard was a member of the improvising string quintet ‘Basquiat Strings’ which was nominated for a Mercury award in 2007. During the past 5 years, he has been busy in London’s top studios recording film scores and working with artists such as Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, and Kanye West. He was recently working with the operatic baritone Simon Keenlyside performing jazz standards to opera fans across Europe.

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