A concert of music composed by the Vice Principal of the National College of Music London Andrew Wilson with Milica Lawrence on the piano.
ANDREW M. WILSON, COMPOSER – Biography
Andrew M. Wilson was born in 1960 and studied at Trinity College of Music and London University. He was the Director of Music at Kelly College before becoming the Vice Principal of the National College of Music, London. His orchestral, chamber, and vocal works have been recorded, published and performed all over the world, from Paris, to Tokyo and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
He has won many international awards and is a finalist in the 2022 NYC Contemporary Music Symposium at Columbia University. Recent commissions include the Vaughan Williams Trust funded “A Requiem for Peace”, for the South West Chamber Choir; “The Pilgrim Fathers” for Southampton’s Mayflower400 celebrations and “The Morgowr” for the Cornwall Youth Orchestra.
He was composer in residence at the 2022 Cornwall Horn Festival in Truro. His chamber music has been played and recorded by many top ensembles such as the Dante String Quartet, and the Chamber Ensemble of London. In 2023 a major new work to commemorate the 300th Anniversary of the death of Sir Christopher Wren is to be performed in the City of London. In 2021 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Johann Pestalozzi University, Miami, Florida.
MILICA LAWRENCE, PIANO – Biography
Milica Lawrence completed her piano and harpsichord studies at the Faculty of Music Arts in Belgrade, Serbia. Here, Milica specialized in chamber music and received her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree (DMA) at the same Faculty. She attended piano and harpsichord masterclasses with many distinguished Serbian and international artists such as Sergei Dorensky, Jegor Chugaev, Pavel Nersessian, Huguette Dreyfus, Egon Mihajlovic, Olivera Djurdjevic, Yuri Kot, Maria Luisa Baldassari, etc.
Milica has won many prizes for solo and ensemble performances at domestic and international competitions. She has also held a great number of solo recitals and chamber music concerts both in the country and abroad (Italy, Switzerland, Greece, Hungary, Montenegro, Macedonia, Libya, etc.). Notably, her recital at the Italian Cultural Centre in Tripoli is noted as the first concert by a Serbian pianist in Africa. She has participated in reviews of modern classical music as well as in festivals BEMUS, OKTOH, Cello Fest, Basomanija, and many more.
Milica has taken part as an orchestra member in the Faculty of Music Arts Orchestra in Belgrade, and as a guest member in the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Dusan Skovran String Orchestra, Schlesinger Orchestra, Mokranjac Chamber Orchestra, Zemun Chamber Orchestra. Throughout her career she has collaborated with many renowned artists – Sreten Krstic, Uros Lajovic, Dmitry and Alexander Sitkovetsky, Charles Zachary Bornstein, Milos Petrović. With the Chamber Orchestra Mokranjac, the FILUM Orchestra, and the Schlesinger Orchestra Milica performed as a soloist. She has also recorded for radio and TV.
At the First International Competition Beogradski Pobednik in 2005, she was the only pianist who received recognition by the Russian Centre for Science and Culture in Serbia and Montenegro for special artistic participation – ‘Ruski dom u Beogradu’. Milica has worked for fifteen years as an independent artistic collaborator at the String Department at the Faculty of Philology and Arts in Kragujevac, Serbia. ln 2019 she becomes resident of Malta and opens Malta Piano Academy in Mosta and Gozo while maintaining an actlve soloist career at the same time.
From 2019 to 2022 she also worked at Mikiel Anton Vassalli College as a piano teacher and accompanist. ln August 2022. Milica organised the first ever Malta Piano Festival in Gozo. She is currently working on her very first digital and printed magazine in Malta “Pianist.mt”.
Saturday 21 October 2023
Concert Hall of the Malta Society of Arts,
Palazzo de La Salle, 219, Republic Street, Valletta