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Radford Kornas Duo

Friday, February 28 @ 19:30 - 21:30



Jonathan Radford & Eleanor Kornas (buy tickets here)


Together they make up the Kornas Duo

Jonathan is praised for his “exceptional musicianship and emotive playing”, Jonathan Radford is one of the leading classical saxophonists of his generation. In high demand internationally as a soloist and chamber musician, Jonathan is a Vandoren Paris Artist and Henri Selmer Paris Saxophone Artist. 

Jonathan is an international prize-winner, notably named Commonwealth Musician of the Year, Gold Medal and First Prize winner in the 2018 Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition UK. He is also a prizewinner in the SaxOpen International Competition (Strasbourg, France) and Concorso Internazionale de Musica Marco (Fiorindo, Italy). He was selected as a Young Artist with Park Lane Group, Tunnell Trust, Making Music UK, and Countess of Munster Musical Trust. Jonathan was featured as a ‘Rising Star’ in BBC Music Magazine 2018. 

Jonathan has given recitals at major venues internationally including at the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Seoul Arts Center South Korea, Grieg Hall Bergen, and Philharmonie de Paris. He is regularly invited to perform at international music festivals such as the Edinburgh, Buxton, Brighton and Lake District Festivals (UK), Daejeon Cosmopolitan Music Festival (South Korea), and Segovia International Music Festival (Spain). As a soloist, Jonathan has appeared with several orchestras including the Slovenian Chamber Orchestra and Liverpool Mozart Orchestra. 

Upcoming engagements include performances at the Wigmore Hall, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, the Investec International Music Festival UK, Klosters Music Festival Switzerland and concert tours in Scotland, South Korea and Australia and Penicuik!

For more information visit Jonathan’s web site https://www.jonathanradfordsaxophone.com/


Eleanor is currently the Head of Keyboard at Queen Margaret’s School, near York. Eleanor combines her job at Queen Margaret’s with other professional engagements and is currently supported as a chamber musician by the Tunnell Trust and Park Lane Group. Recent concert highlights include performing Stravinsky’s Les Noces under the direction of Vasily Petrenko at the Royal Festival Hall and duo performances at the Wigmore Hall, St James, Piccadilly, and the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room.

Following nine years as a student at Chetham’s, Eleanor read Music at the University of Cambridge, graduating with a First Class Honours Degree. For academic achievement, Eleanor became a Senior Scholar of Trinity College and was awarded the Donald Wort Prize by the Faculty of Music. Whilst studying Eleanor also performed with Trinity College Chapel Choir as their Organ Scholar. Eleanor accompanied the choir for three recordings – discs of music by Ešenvalds, Leighton, and Howells – all released by Hyperion and nominated for Gramophone awards. Having been the first female Organ Scholar of Trinity, Eleanor was awarded the Forbes-Dunlop Grant by the Women’s Careers Foundation which enabled her to accept the offer to work as an Adami Award Junior Fellow in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music from 2015 to 2016. In 2016, Eleanor went back to Chetham’s for one year to work as a Staff Accompanist, which involved seeing students on a regular basis for one-to-one coaching sessions and performing with them across the UK. Before taking up her current position in York, Eleanor returned to London for one year as one of three Piano Accompaniment Fellows at the Royal College of Music, accompanying students for their concerts, competitions and exams, and as a member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme, where she worked and performed with members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra; culminating in a performance at Queen Elizabeth Hall.

We fell very privileged to have these two outstanding musicians coming to perform in Penicuik courtesy of the Tunnel Trust and Chamber Music Scotland.

Tickets £12 (£10 for PCAA members) are available from the West Street cafe or online by clicking here









Friday, February 28
19:30 - 21:30


West St Arts Centre
4 West Street
Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 9DL United Kingdom
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