Music for a summer's evening…

Gower Festival, July 1st-15th 2017

Gordon Back - Artistic Director

Gordon Back
We were all greatly saddened by the sudden death in 2012 of our previous Artistic Director, Gareth Walters. He had been the architect of our music for many years and the 2013 programme is the last one he arranged.
We are indeed fortunate to have been able to appoint Gordon Back in his place and we welcome him to our Society

Gordon Back's distinguished career as a pianist has taken him throughout Europe, Russia, U.S.A., Japan, Korea and of course, Great Britain, performing and recording with artists such as Yehudi Menuhin, Nathan Milstein, Maxim Vengerov, Aaron Rosand, Josef Suk, Sarah Chang, Yo Yo Ma, Ko Iwasaki, Leonidas Kavakos and the Cleveland Quartet.
His recordings include the Bach-Schumann Sonatas and Partitas for violin and piano with Jean-Jacques Kantorow (which received a French Grand Prix du Disque), the Schubert Arpeggione and Rachmaninov Cello Sonatas with cellist Daniel Lee (for Decca) and a series of CDs with clarinetist Emma Johnson (for ASV). In 2011 he recorded the complete works of Ernst with Josef Spacek.
Gordon Back was one of the youngest ever professors appointed to join the faculty of the Guildhall School of Music (London) in 1974. He gives regular master classes as guest professor in music colleges such as the Cleveland Institute of Music, Curtis Institute and the Royal Northern College of Music. In the summer he teaches in Courchevel, France and Valdres, Norway. He is a jury member at many international competitions and artistic advisor of the Hattori Foundation.
Gordon Back is Artistic Director of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition held in London 2004, France 2006, Cardiff 2008, Oslo 2010, Beijing 2012 and will be in Austin Texas in 2014.

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