Renowned violist Garth Knox will be visiting Middlesex University to perform György Ligeti’s Sonata for Viola with Professor Benjamin Dwyer.
Knox, who is currently taking an ArtsD at Middlesex University, is known for his groundbreaking work in contemporary music performance and composition. He was a key member of the Arditti Quartet and the Ensemble InterContemporain for fourteen years, and is now regarded as one of the leading violists worldwide today.
In this joint seminar entitled ‘Transformational Ostinati in the Sonata for Viola by György Ligeti’ both Dwyer and Knox will unlock the secrets of this enigmatic work and provide insights into the compositional processes of one of the most interesting composers of our times. The seminar will conclude with a full performance of Ligeti’s Sonata for Viola given by Knox.
Professor Benjamin Dwyer said: “It is very exciting that Garth Knox has chosen Middlesex University’s Music Department to embark on his important research. He is one of the leading violists working today and his performances and insights will be a great inspiration for our younger students. As a world-class performer and composer who is undertaking research in his own practice at Middlesex University, Garth truly embodies the University’s desire to nurture groundbreaking practice-based research.”
An ArtsD is research equivalent to a PhD. It is a practice-based degree aimed at high-level practitioners in the arts.
The free event takes place on Wednesday 17 April from 6pm in The Grove room G274, Middlesex University, London, NW4 4BT.