Classical Piano Concert with Steinway artist Karl Lutchmayer - 7th June

Venue/Time to be announced

Karl Lutchmayer - Pianist

Karl Lutchmayer is equally renowned as a concert pianist and a lecturer. A Steinway Artist, Karl performs across the globe, but he also holds an academic professorship at Trinity College of Music, London and is a regular guest lecturer at conservatoires around the world, including the Juilliard and Manhattan Schools in New York and the Mehli Mehta Foundation in India, his family home. He was recently awarded the Bharat Gaurav lifetime achievement award.

His London lecture-recital series, Conversational Concerts, continues to garner critical and public acclaim, and following his landmark recitals celebrating the Liszt and Alkan Bicentenaries, he has received invitations from 4 continents to give lecture-recitals. Karl has given recitals and concertos throughout the world, working with conductors including Lorin Maazel and Sir Andrew Davis, and performed at all the major London concert halls. He has broadcast on BBC Radio3, All India Radio and Classic FM, and is a regular chamber performer. A passionate advocate of contemporary music, Karl has also given over 90 world premieres and had many works written especially for him. Karl studied at the Royal College of Music under Peter Wallfisch and John Barstow and undertook further studies with Lev Naumov at the Moscow Conservatoire. His research interests include the music of Liszt, Alkan, Busoni and Enescu; The Creative Transcription Network; reception theory, and the history of piano recital programming. Karl resides in London, where he is sometimes spotted in his alternative incarnation as keyboard, percussion and theremin player in the prog rock band The Connoisseur.

Workshops/masterclasses for piano and strings 6,7,8 June - by Trinity Laban Conservatoire

Workshops/masterclasses for piano/strings

run by Karl Luchmayer and Andrew Sherwood, international concert artists and professors at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. The sessions will be in the format of a masterclass, where all participants will have the opportunity to: perform and be given advice by the teacher in front of the group; work with international concert artists Karl Luchmayer (piano) and Andrew Sherwood (strings); learn not only from their direct interaction with the teacher but also through observing the lessons of their peer; improve their playing; learn skills which can be helpful observing the lessons of their peer; improve their playing; learn skills which can be helpful for those appearing for exams and for the forthcoming Hyderabad piano and string music festival/competition; perform in a concert on the final evening of the course.

VENUE: Musee Musical, opps. old airport, Begumpet

DATES AND TIMES: 6, 7 & 8 June

10.00 - 13.00h: senior (grades 6+)

14.00 - 17.00h: intermediate (grades 3-5)

18.00 - 21.00h: (additional session in case of high demand)           

COSTS: 4,000 for students  800 for observers 

Please note these costs cover any number of sessions that you may wish to attend.

The application deadline is 22 May.

For more information please contact Karl Lutchmayer, summer academy director, or Joe Koster 9912201659 

Trinity Laban Conservatoire, in collaboration with HWMF, Musee Musical and Piano Academy

Basic course theory and vocal - Start 20th May


         Our introduction to music theory and vocal course is for EVERYONE who loves music and singing! Learn how to approach vocal learning systematically and how to move towards a healthy singing voice. Get familiar with the basic principles of vocal techniques like breathing, vocalizing and body posture. Acquire a basic music theoretical and practical understanding (notation reading, scales, rhythm, group-/solo-singing). After completion of the course you might like to join an advanced group.

Course/ 5 Saturdays:                    Saturday, 20th May 2017 (May 20, 27 June 3, 10, 17).
Timings:                                            2-3 pm

Venue:                                               Alliance Française, Road no 3, Aurora Colony, Banjara Hills
Course Fees:                                    2400/- for 5 classes; incl. material

Teacher:                                            Joe Koster 

Call 9912201659 or Send your application/questions to


HWMF-concert with Adrian D'Souza Jazz Quartet - 6th May @ Secunderabad Club. Opening Act: Deccan Voices

Concert video: Deccan Voices

Concert video: Adrian D'souza Jazz Quartet

Short clip:

Press coverage:

Serenade music magazine Delhi

Write-up in “The Hindu”

Review by Pratap Antony for HWMF




     What a good time we had! Yes, we really had good time, a great time actually. It was a delight to hear some superb, ‘straight ahead’ jazz music - music that was not influenced by any sort of fusion, rock oriented beats or heavy electronic effects, but Jazz in its most elemental form: jazz standards, swinging rhythms, bossa nova, and the blues.

     And responsible for giving us such a good time was the Adrian D’Souza Quartet comprising Adrian D’Souza on Drums, Karan Joseph on Keyboard and bass, Lydia Hendrikje Hornung, Vocals, and Pawan Benjamin on Tenor saxophone. 

     But before these strong and inventive musicians came on stage and put a brand new spin on some of the old Jazz standards with mainstream jazz, Latin music and blues ballads, the evening began with a performance of a few songs by a local eleven member vocal ensemble the ‘Deccan Voices’.

      The Deccan Voices began with a rendition of an old Duke Ellington jazz standard ‘I’m Beginning to See the Light’. A pop song by Toto, ‘Africa’. A hymn, ‘All Things bright and Beautiful’, and a choral version of ‘Take 5’, the eleven singer choral ensemble ended with ‘Balleilaka’ a Tamil song by AR Rehman. The ‘Deccan Voices’ looked like they were enjoying themselves and dealt with the rhythms and harmonies well. All-in-all a good performance!

      Let’s get back to the main event, and the music and the musicians of the Adrian D’Souza Quartet .

     Though the leader of the band is the main protagonist; with Adrian on drums it is an ensemble cast with every musician playing their part. Adrian’s lightly swinging drumming is spare and elegant, and sometimes quite rambunctious as the tune needs, but Adrian’s drumming is always in good taste, with a refined emotional sensitivity to the feeling of the song.  Yet Adrian does steer, guide and support by listening and responding.

     Lydia Hendrikje Hornung, has a light, jazz soaked, crystalline tone of voice that is sweet and flexible, textured emotionally strong. Most of all she is so refreshingly easy to listen to. She demonstrated super vocal control, elasticity and command in the vocal twists and nuances when she improvised. Generally an insightful, able and classy singer.

    Karan Joseph on the keyboard is the backbone of the quartet. Karan is a  resourceful, very expressive keyboard player, sometimes a powerhouse; who cuts loose, opening up free-flying improvisation, sometimes quiet and sensitive,

hunched in concentration, sometimes head-back and smiling, neck stretching with bird-like movements, always maintaining an inventive but steady bass with his left hand.

    Pawan Benjamin, what can one say about this tall, thin, long haired young Tenor saxophone player, who plays such touching, tender, and sometimes such blazing solo’s; his saxophone sounding like a thoughtful voice as though he was thinking through his solos, with every phrase always connecting to the other and being completely meaningful.

     The audience saw the inner enjoyment that the musicians felt while the Quartet  played, not the overt show of rock musicians, but simple smiles of pleasure when the musicians  heard one of them or the other playing a passage that that they had just created, and which grew wings and soared away, whether it was the singer singing an emotional passage or the keyboardist playing a piquant passage, or the saxophone saying something so meaningful, or the drummer playing an appropriate solo, it was the pleasure of the musicians bringing out the best in each other, and giving pleasure to the audience at the same time.

     Whether the Adrian D’Souza Quartet played a beautifully put together slow blues, or a Brazilian samba, or a ballad or a jazz standard like Tenderly, or ‘East of the Sun’, or ‘Speak Low’, or the beautifully rendered ‘Moonlight in Vermont’, or a Wayne Shorter classic, the music was about joy. It was music played for everyone to enjoy. It was not music played for musicians. It was music that was completely accessible, completely understandable, completely empathetic. it was music that left the audience feeling good and elated. This was without doubt, the best Jazz show that the twin-cities have seen in the last two years.


And for this pleasure we must thank The Secunderabad Club, Bharati Cement, The Hyderabad Western Music Foundation and Goethe Zentrum. Review by Pratap Antony.


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