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

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Those in attendance at Vidyaranya High School on Wednesday, June 7th had the pleasure of experiencing an exceptional evening of western classical music performed by international concert artists Karl Lutchmayer (piano) and Andrew Sherwood (violin).  Both Mr. Lutchmayer and Mr. Sherwood are also professors with the Faculty of Music at Trinity Laban Conservatorie of Music and Dance, U.K.and were in Hyderabad  to instruct and mentor young Hyderabad musicians through the Conservatoire’s annual Summer Academy in India (organized by the Hyderabad Western Music Foundation, Musee Musical and Klavier Academy).  The recital was in aid of the HWMF-music program at Care and Love Orphanage.

To the delight of the local audience, two promising young pianists opened the evening recital. Yash Aggarwal performed Alessandro Scarlatti’s Sonatina in A while Saketh Ram Josyabathla performed parts of the Partita in A minor by J. S. Bach.  

Karl Lutchmayer and Andrew Sherwood performed works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt, Claude Debussy and Bela Bartok. Both musicians not only thrilled the audience with a remarkable musical evening but also educated those in attendance, and spoke about each composer and their works before proceeding to perform.


A common theme ran through each of the pieces selected; all were written in the twilight of each of the respective composers’ lives.  At a time, as Mr. Lutchmayer explained, when the composers were not only contemplative of their own mortality but free of the constraints or struggles of an artist trying to establish oneself or focused on producing a body of work mid career.  The result was a performance of music that was often reflective in quality but also surprising as in the case of Debussy’s Sonata in G minor, which was interesting and remarkable divergence from Debussy’s usual sound.  

Piano Concert - 7th June 7pm @ Vidyaranya High School (opps. Secretariate).

Proceeds of the concert will go to the HWMF-charity-music-project, supporting the “Care and Love”-orphanage in Hyderabad with violins and violin teaching. See

Andrew Sherwood teaching at the orphan home!

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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.

Andrew Sherwood was born in Kenya, educated in Zimbabwe and having played the violin for three years, won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music. He studied with Antonio Brosa, Sylvia Rosenberg and subsequently with Sascha Lasserson. He studied composition with Alan Ridout.Andrew has performed to good critical comment in many parts of the world as soloist and conductor. He has led the Mercury Ensemble for Ballet Rambert and played in London and Scottish orchestras. Solo performances range from the Wigmore Hall to East Europe, U.S.A. and Africa. Many composers have written works for him from Howard Skempton to the American Stephen Funk Pearson, as well as an acting/performing role in a musical at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. He is in demand as a conductor and has worked with orchestras from the strings of the CBSO to the Brighton Youth Orchestras Trust whose orchestras and ensembles have won awards and acclaim since he became Director. He is principal conductor for European Youth Summer Music and of the Musicians of All Saints who are committed to unjustly neglected and contemporary composers. Andrew adjudicates both in Britain and abroad, and many of his earlier students are now professional musicians.