Portraits for a Study
In February 2014, Arts Council England, the PRS for Music Foundation, Yamaha UK, Falmouth University, The Royal Academy of Music and Goldsmiths University supported and participated in Jim Aitchison’s project to create 2 hours of musical responses to artworks by Gerhard Richter, in versions for distributed piano, and for string quartet.
In part one of the performance event, Pianist Roderick Chadwick played 4 Disklavier pianos simultaneously, linked via broadband, 300 miles apart, at Falmouth University, The Royal Academy Of Music, Goldsmiths University and Yamaha Music London. In part two, the music was performed once again, in a re-filtered version for string quartet, by the Kreutzer Quartet (Peter Sheppard Skærved, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Morgan Goff, and Neil Heyde). The project was also grateful to receive generous help from Gerhard Richter and his studio, from Sir Nicholas Serota and Tate, and from curator Paul Moorhouse.