Saturday 15th December 2018


Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

C L A U D I O    B O H O R Q U E Z   Cello             A L B E R T O    P O R T U G H E I S    Piano

This is an exclusive and unique opportunity to experience the performance of two international, well-known and highly respected interpreters of Beethoven who will join forces in telling the story of the Composer’s life through his five Cello and Piano Sonatas in this, the anniversary of his month of birth. It also celebrates Thomas Harris’ own love of Beethoven. To hear all of these masterpieces in one fell swoop is a special occasion indeed, rarely to be found.

Tickets for the Saturday Concert, to include a welcoming glass of bubbly Christmas spirit.

Tickets for this Concert are now only available on the door (payment by cheque or cash) at £22 per ticket (£9 for students).

Donations to support the Foundation are also gratefully received


Claudio Bohórquez, descent of Peruvian and Uruguayan ancestors, has been hailed as one of the most exciting and fascinating musicians of his generation by conductors, audiences, concert presenters and critics alike. His recent tour with the National Symphony Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach with concerts in Washington and Latin America was a huge success. He played “unforgettably and excellent” and his interpretation of the Lalo Cello concert was “the most beautiful I have ever heard”, wrote a Washington Post critic. In the 2012/2013 season, Claudio Bohórquez was able to display his talent as chamber musician: he appeared in Madrid and Bilbao together with Jörg Widmann and Katia Skanavi and performed piano trios by Beethoven with Viviane Hagner and Jonathan Gilad during the Beethoven Marathon at Konzerthaus Berlin.

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Pianist and pedagogue Alberto Portugheis was born in La Plata, Argentina, to parents of Russian and Rumanian descent. His international career began after winning First Prize at the Geneva Concours de Virtuosité.

He performs in recitals, chamber-music concerts and as soloist with major orchestras, including: Royal Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Philharmonia, English Chamber Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Paris and Israel Sinfoniettas, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Sinfonica Nacional of Argentina, Filarmonica of Buenos Aires. His annual Steinway Masterclasses are now legendary.

Alberto Portugheis’ repertoire includes music from the baroque to contemporary, with several composers writing specially for him. His acclaimed recordings include: 4 Chopin Ballades, Alfred Nieman 2nd Sonata, Ginastera complete piano music and chamber music with piano, Khachaturian Piano Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra, Khachaturian solo works, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich cello and piano Sonatas with the cellist Gwyneth George, a CD dedicated to the piano music of Rossini. 2013 saw the release of a double CD with The Complete Piano Works by Spanish composer Elena Romero, followed this year by a CD of music by Bach and Dinu Lipatti, partnered by Italian pianist Stefano Greco and the Youth Orchestra of León, Spain, conducted by Georgina Sánchez.

Alberto Portugheis is founder member and former Vice-chairman of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe, Vice-chairman of the International Society for the Study of Tension in Performance, Vice-president of the European Piano Teachers' Association and founder of the Asociacion Latino-Americana de Pianistas Pedagogos.

Like his colleague and compatriot Daniel Barenboim, Alberto Portugheis dedicates much time and energy to campaign for lasting World Peace through the organization he presides, HUFUD (Humanity United for Universal Demilitarisation - Honorary President: Martha Argerich). Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008 for his Peace work and proposals, Portugheis published The Game of War and a Path to Peace the following year. His second book “$$$$$$s In Their Hearts” was released in 2014.

Tickets for this event are non-refundable

Sunday 16th December 2018

On Sunday 16th December 2018, from 6.30pm to 8.30 pm, The Conway Hall will also be hosting another event as part of their Sunday Concert series.  The Chamber Ensemble of London will close their Autumn season before the Christmas holidays in an opulent musical night from Baroque to Britten. Led by violinist Peter Fisher, the ensemble features handpicked players from some of London’s leading orchestras and ensembles.  For more information, please click here.

Enjoy a much-needed break as a prelude to Christmas to treat yourself and others (perhaps as a Christmas gift?) to spectacular music over the weekend, whether for the exclusive Beethoven Concert on the Saturday and/or the traditional Conway Hall Concert on the Sunday, offering a different musical range – there is something for all ages and choice.


If you would like to attend these exciting events on both Saturday and Sunday, there will be a discount as follows: £24 per person and £14 for students.  Tickets for both these events can be purchased via the Conway Hall website.