WIN TICKETS: Classical superstar Natalie Clein in concert in Sheffield

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CLASSICAL superstar Natalie Clein will be in Sheffield next week, paying tribute to English composer Benjamin Britten.

The cello player will be joined by Alasdair Beatson on piano for a special concert at Sheffield’s Firth Hall.

WIN TICKETS: The Star has two pairs of tickets to giveaway for this event, which includes a free interval drink.

Email nik.brear@jpress.co.uk and tell us why you would like tickets to see the exquisite Natalie Clein in concert.

The concert, which opens next Tuesday, forms part of the University’s ‘Boy Was Born Festival,’ the largest festival in the UK dedicated to the 100th birthday of the legendary Britten.

An internationally acclaimed cellist, Clein will perform works Britten composed for the cellist Rostropovich in the sixties.

Following a chance meeting at a concert in 1960, Britten described Rostropovich’s playing as ‘the most extraordinary cello playing he’d ever heard’ and arranged a meeting with him the following day. The product of this meeting would be the first of many collaborations between the pair. A few years later, after hearing Rostropovich play the Bach ‘Solo Cello Suites,’ Britten took it upon himself to write a Solo cello Suite for Rostropovich as a Christmas gift in 1964. It is this virtuosic work, among others - featuring a series of nine very distinct character pieces that fully explore the expressive and technical possibilities of the instrument - that Clein and Beatson will translate in Britten’s honour.

Clein started playing the cello at the age of six, studying with Anna Shuttleworth and Alexander Baillie at the Royal College of Music, where she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Scholarship.

She came to prominence after winning the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 1994 with her performance of the Elgar Cello Concerto and was the first British winner of the Eurovision Competition for Young Musicians in Warsaw, where she played the Shostakovich Sonata and Elgar’s concerto.

Her other awards include the Ingrid zu Solms Cultur Preis at the 2003 Kronberg Academie and the Classical BRIT Award for Young British Performer of 2005.

Clein made her concerto debut at The Proms in August 1997, performing the Haydn Cello Concerto in C major with Sir Roger Norrington and the National Youth Chamber Orchestra of Great Britain. In 1999 she was invited as one of the first artists to join the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme and is also a regular chamber musician with such musicians as Julius Drake, Charles Owen and Kathryn Stott.

Her EMI recording of the Elgar Cello Concerto, in honor of the 150th anniversary of Elgar’s birth, was released in September 2007.

Visit w ww.aboywasborn.co.uk or call the box office on 0114 265 5567 for tickets for the concert, next Tuesday May 7 2013.

Tickets: £8.50, £6 (concessions), £3 (students, unwaged, under 26)

WIN TICKETS: Email nik.brear@jpress.co.uk and tell us why you would like tickets.