Nathan Sherman (viola) and Alex Petcu (percussion) present a dynamic programme of commissioned and existing works for viola and percussion by CMC (Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland) composers Ed Bennett, Áine Mallon and Ian Wilson alongside works by international contemporaries.More information
America- born violist Nathan Sherman has been based in Dublin since 1999 and enjoys a career collaborating with other adventurous musicians. His curiosity and eclecticism allows him to present work ranging from Schütz and Purcell, to experimenting with heavy metal and aquariums. Nathan is a tireless commissioner and his “commanding and assured” performances (Journal of Music) have brought him around the world.
As founding member and artistic director of the acclaimed chamber group Ficino Ensemble, Nathan performs a vast amount of music and has released two albums. Folk songs included works by Luciano Berio and was described as “bewitching new interpretations by the Irish chamber group” (Guardian). The album was included in the Guardian’s Top 10 of 2022 and best of Bandcamp’s contemporary classical. The group also enjoy creating opportunities for younger composers through their yearly workshop series.
An Irish musician of Romanian origin, Alex Petcu is quickly establishing himself both nationally and internationally as a percussionist of the finest calibre. His debut album, Alex Petcu: In Time, released on the Irish national broadcaster RTÉ Lyric FM label, showcases both seminal works and new contributions to the percussion repertoire.
Alex performs in a wide variety of settings with a multitude of orchestras, ensembles and groups, however, his main specialty lies in solo and chamber music. As a soloist, recent appearances include performances at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Kilruddery House and the National Concert Hall, to name a few. He has performed as a soloist with both RTÉ orchestras and the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and had successes in major national and international competitions such as the Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year, Tromp and A.R.D. International competitions.