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The Brien–Hao Clarinet and Piano Duo in Recital
Saturday 24th June 2023 at 11:00 am

The Brien–Hao clarinet and piano duo was formed at the beginning of 2022. Both performers are award-winning soloists and came together originally as Britten Pears Young Artists. The duo continually pushes for developing new and varied programmes that include new music, standard repertoire and re-imaginations of art song. Praised for their stimulating duoship, Raymond and Rob perform recitals regularly throughout the UK and are due to release their first disk in 2024. Raymond and Rob are also composers.

Lili Boulanger – selections from Clairières dans le Ciel (arr.Brien)

Herbert Howells – Clarinet Sonata

Sir Arthur Bliss: Pastoral

Elizabeth Maconchy – Fantasia

Templeton Pocket-Sized Sonata No.1

Free Entrance with retiring collection


Refreshments will not be available at this event.

Artist Information

Raymond Brien

Clarinetist and Composer

Raymond is a Britten-Pears Young Artist 2022-2023 and award winning soloist, featured on disks by Tocca Classics, Another Timbre and Polytempo Records. Recent BBC Radio 3 broadcasts include the BBC Total Immersion series and BCMG’s Sir Harrison Birtwistle feature broadcast. Raymond is on trial as principal clarinet of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and regularly plays with ensembles such as Apartment House and Riot Ensemble and they are artistic director of the Thinking Minds Project collective, specialising in interdisciplinary new-music projects featuring live music and visual art. Raymond was a Gillian-Freddie Martin Scholar during their studies at Guildhall School of Music and Drama between 2016 and 2020 and aims to continually promote new works for the clarinet which push boundaries and the clarinet’s virtuosic abilities.


Rob Hao

Painist and composer

Australian pianist and composer Rob Hao was born in New Zealand and raised in Sydney, where he studied piano with Ransford Elsley and gave his first concerto performance (of Prokofiev’s Third Concerto) at age 16. He graduated from the Royal College of Music, London in 2022 with first-class honours as a double major in composition and piano where he also won first prize for both composition and performance in the Contemporary Music Competition. He is also a prizewinner in the Brooks-van der Pump English song competition.

As a pianist, Rob has a particular interest in accompaniment and the performance of 20th and 21st Century music programmed alongside the traditional repertoire. He has performed an extensive range of repertoire from Rameau to Unsuk Chin as both soloist and chamber musician in Australia, the UK and across continental Europe

Rob’s compositions have been performed in Australia and the UK. He recently completed a work for London-based new music ensemble ‘standard issue’. His recent folk-inspired piano cycle, Songwriting, is a new Australian work chosen for the 2023 Sydney International Piano Competition.

He is now performing with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group on their NEXT programme and he is also Britten-Pears Young Artist for 2022/23 and currently supported by the Australian Music Foundation with an AMF Award.



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