Allan Neave/Robert Irvine / guitar and cello duo
Outstanding cellist, Robert Irvine, well known for creating an immediate rapport with his audiences through his lively and informal introductions, comes together with guitarist, Allan Neave, one of the foremost classical guitarists of his generation.
Two musicians of remarkable sensitivity and authority delight audiences with a diverse repertoire ranging from the stately baroque to the fiery passion of Spain, the Americas and beyond.
Allan Neave studied classical guitar at the then RSAMD, RNCM and finally with the Great Spanish master – José Tomas in Alicante. Since this time he has been a regular guest at many of the world’s leading musical festivals including the Edinburgh International, St Magnus, Cheltenham, Lorient, Iserlohn International Guitar Festivals, as well as performances at Tartan Week, New York in 2012. He is a regular guest at many of the worlds leading musical events and has worked with many influential musicians including Nikita Koshkin, David Fennessy, Hans Werner Henze, Gordon McPherson and Stephen Dodgson.
To date, his career has been an eclectic one, from recording his acclaimed debut CD in 1997 to the emotional journey of ‘The Island Tapes’, South American tours both in solo and with new music group Psappha, an East Coast tour of Australia with SCO Principal flautist Alison Mitchell and a farewell concert with Tetra Guitar Quartet in Germany 2015. Past highlights have included many performances of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with some of the UK’s leading ensembles – Royal Scottish National Orchestra/ Northern Sinfonia/ Scottish Chamber Orchestra. In 2011 he collaborated with Scottish Bard – Don Paterson, recording the soundtrack for a film documentary about the late great Scottish painter, John Bellany.
During his 30 year career, Allan was the Artistic Director of the Dundee International Guitar Festival for over 20 years and since 2010 has led RCS’s ‘ Big Guitar Weekend’ a winter event for all matters guitar! In 2000, he received the Scotland on Sunday Glenfiddich ® Spirit of Scotland Award for Music; these awards were set up to recognise individuals who lead the way in Scottish culture. He was also awarded his Professorship from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for contribution to the musical landscape of our country.
Allan is currently Head of Guitar and Harp at RCS, he plays Michael Gee guitars and is a D’Addario, New York sponsored artist.
Robert Irvine was born in Glasgow, and has played with the Philharmonia, the Britten Pears Orchestra, the Brindisi Quartet, the Academy of St Martin’s-in-the-Fields and Scottish Opera Orchestra. On his return to Scotland in 1990, he formed the Chamber Group of Scotland with Sally Beamish and James MacMillan, performing and broadcasting a wide range of music, both chamber and solo. He is the Artistic Director of the Red Note Ensemble and a founder member of the Da Vinci Piano Trio. He has performed in concerts and recitals throughout the UK, including the Cheltenham Festival, St Magnus Festival, Gloucester, Norwich, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee and Inverness as well as at several European festivals. Robert is senior professor of Cello and Chamber Music and Head of Cello Studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Both Allan and Robert have recorded greatly acclaimed CDs, and are much in demand as solo performers and in duo. Their performances are enhanced by their easy manner communicating with their audiences, combined as always, with exceptional playing.
- Antonio Vivaldi – Sonata in E minor
- Felix Mendelssohn – Song Without Words
- Isaac Albeniz – Cordoba
- Ernest Bloch – Suite for solo cello
- Carlo Domeniconi – Seven short pieces
- Jaime Zenamon – Reflexos no 6
- Joaquin Rodrigo – Fandango for solo guitar
- Gabriel Fauré – Après un rêve
- Petr Ilych Tchaikovsky – Valse Sentimentale
- Pablo Casals – Song of the Birds
- Manuel de Falla – Danza Espagnole no 1 from La Vida Breve