Jeremy Menuhin (4 March)
Jeremy Menuhin was born in San Francisco, the fourth son of Yehudi Menuhin. He attended Eton College and went on to study composition in Paris with Nadia Boulanger and piano in Israel with Mindru Katz.
He made his London debut at 15 in 1966 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and a few months later played at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival established by his father. There followed a recording for EMI of Mozart’s Triple Piano Concerto with his aunts Hephzibah and Yaltah on which his father conducted. All of this is especially remarkable in the face of a relatively late start to the young Jeremy’s musical life: unlike the boy Yehudi’s father, who pushed his son into music at the earliest possible age, Jeremy’s musical education began, thanks to his nanny, only when his gift became apparent to her.
He has played concertos with, among other orchestras, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, the English Chamber and Vienna Philharmonic. Expect an evening of insight, both musical and familial, as, sharing the stage with his wife Mookie Lee-Menuhin with whom he has formed a piano duo, he talks to Putney Music’s vice-president Piers Lane.
Born in Seoul, the pianist Mookie Lee-Menuhin was a student at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, continuing her studies at that city’s Royal Northern College with Ronan O’Hara. While a student at Denmark’s Royal Academy of Music, she received lessons from John Damgaard.
As a committed player of chamber music, she is a familiar figure in Europe’s music festivals including the Pablo Casals Festival of Prades, the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, the Smetana Festival in Prague and the Seoul Spring Festival. Her concerto appearances have also taken her all over the world, including such venues as Geneva’s Victoria Hall, the Tonhalle in Zürich, the Szymanowski Festival in Krakow and the Seoul Arts Centre. Her piano duo with her husband Jeremy Menuhin also takes up a large part of her music making. She is also a passionate cook.