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Valtie Nunn (violin) with Manuel López Jorge (piano)

Tue May 15th 2012, 5:15–6:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


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Valtie Nunn

Valtie Nunn is rapidly gaining acclaim for her captivating performances of both well known and neglected or contemporary works. She spent most of her childhood in Africa and it was on returning to England that she was inspired to take up the violin by her sister Rebecca Lawrence, who taught her for six years.

Over the last few years Valtie has established herself as a violinist to watch, winning numerous prizes and awards and graduating with first class honors from Trinity College of Music, where she studied with Andrew Sherwood. As a soloist Valtie has performed with a number of orchestras across the country. Her most notable performances include Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy with several orchestras, Panufnik’s Violin Concerto with the Musicians of All Saints, a series of performances of the Stravinsky Violin Concerto in the UK and Germany as a result of winning the Springboard Soloists Competition and several performances of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with various orchestras across the country.

An avid chamber musician, Valtie enjoys working in both a duo, with pianist Manuel Lopez Jorge, and The Golden Piano Trio. Recent competition successes include first prize in the Leonard Smith Duo Competition and first place in the Cavatina Chamber Music Competition with The Golden Piano Trio. They were also recently awarded the John Thompson Chamber Music Prize for excellence and part of the ChamberStudio scheme at Kings Place.

During her time at Trinity she was awarded numerous prizes including the TCM Trust Silver Medal, the Byram Jeejeebhoy Prize for ‘outstanding performance’ on two occasions and the City Livery Prize for excellence. Valtie has also been awarded the Nick Roth Memorial Prize for outstanding contribution to string ensemble playing. She was also awarded the Leverhulme Orchestral Mentorship Scholarship, the Trinity College London Scholarship and a Philharmonia Martin Musical Scholarship Award towards further study at Trinity College of Music with Andrew Sherwood.

Valtie has been fortunate enough to receive tutoring from some of the leading musicians in the profession, including the eminent Ivry Gitlis, the late Hugh Bean, Tasmin Little, Pieter Schoeman, and Ofer Falk. Valtie plays a violin by the renowned Italian maker Johannes Franciscus Pressenda made in 1847, which is on loan from Trinity College of Music. For further information and future concerts please go to

Manuel López Jorge

Manuel López Jorge was born in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, in 1984. He is both a pianist and a composer. Currently he is studying for a Doctoral degree in composition and performance at Trinity College of Music in London, under the supervision of the composer Stephen Montague.  He continues to receive piano tuition from Deniz Arman Gelenbe. Manuel studied for four years between 2004 and 2008 at A Coruña High Conservatory, where his piano teacher was Pablo Ferreño. During those years he played recitals all around Galicia, and won the 1st first prize at Certamen de Novos Intérpretes de Ortigueira. He completed his bachelor degree with distinction obtaining the highest qualifications both in piano and chamber music.

Manuel received lessons over three years at the University of Architecture in A Coruña. He received the Elsa and Leonard Cross scholarship, Trinity College of Music scholarship, Alfred Kitchin scholarship and Xunta de Galicia scholarship. He is generously supported by the Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza scholarship from A Coruña (Spain).

During his two years in the United Kingdom Manuel has received several prizes, including second prize in the Jacques Samuel competition in 2008, and first prize in the Leonard Smith duo competition for two consecutive years. Recently he was finalist in both the Alfred Kitchin and the John Longmire Beethoven competition.

Manuel has played solo recitals in some of the most prestigious halls in London. He performed in Steinway Hall in September 2009 and in the McLaren Hall in November 2009. In February 2010 he played a recital at Yamaha Chappell of Bond Street as part of the Lunchtime Conservatoire Concert Series, for the best pianists from the UK conservatoires.

His chamber music activity is especially exciting. In 2007 and 2008 he was member of Opus 40 trio, and which was awarded first prize in the “Sonidos del Arlanza chamber music competition” in Burgos (Spain). He is a founding member of the Golden Piano Trio that was founded at the Dartington International Summer School” during summer 2009. In May 2010 the Golden Piano Trio was awarded first prize at the Cavatina chamber music competition. Manuel is also member of the Inverine Ensemble, and has formed a successful violin and piano duo with British violinist Valtie Nunn.

Manuel studied composition over six years with the Spanish composer Antón García-Abril. In January 2007, musicians of the EAEM orchestra premiered his Sextet for woodwind, percussion and piano. During his career he has attended several piano masterclasses, working with Claudio Martínez Mehner, Frank Wibaut, Ingrid Flitter, Andras Kemenes, Boris Berman, Vitaly Margulis and many others.

Venue: St Dunstan-in-the-West

Pictures of St Dunstan-in-the-West at the Flickr website

The church of St. Dunstan in the West dates back to circa 1070 AD, and the present building was completed in the early 19th century.

The nearest tube stations are Chancery Lane (Central line) and Temple (Circle and District line).

For more information, visit the church's website.


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