Meet the Musicians: The Gambler

Posted on November 17, 2011


Meet the musicians that will help transport the audience from the Howard Assembly Room to Dostoevsky’s Casino for a sold out performance of The Gambler this evening. The evening will include chamber music by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.


Following his concerto debut at the 2011 BBC Proms, Danny Driver will perform both Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Reizenstein’s Concerto Popolare with the Minnesota Orchestra in July 2012. After his Royal Albert Hall debut earlier in 2011, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Orchestra of Opera North, Danny has been asked by the orchestra to play Grieg’s Piano Concerto in 2012.  

Next year will also see Danny returning to the Wigmore Hall, following a very successful solo recital in July 2011, where he will play Beethoven’s last Piano Sonata (Op 111), Chopin and Ligeti Études and Bach’s First Partita.  Danny’s recently released CDs of solo piano music by Balakirev and Benjamin Dale on Hyperion have been acclaimed in publications including Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine, Classic FM Magazine, International Record Review and International Piano, as well as the UK national press.   His recording with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, of works by Eric Chisholm, will be released in April 2012.  



At the age of 24, Chloë Hanslip has already established herself as an artist of great distinction on the international stage. Her recording forNaxosof the John Adams Violin Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin prompted Philip Clark, writing in Gramophone, to conclude that “Playing like this should secure Chloë Hanslip’s reputation for life”. She made her BBC Proms debut in 2002, herUSconcerto debut in 2003, and has performed in major venues in theUK (Barbican, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall) and Europe (Vienna Musikverein, Louvre and Salle Gaveau-Paris, The Hermitage-St.Petersburg) as well as Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Arts Space inTokyoand the Seoul Arts Centre.



Oliver Coates is an Artist in Residence at Southbank Centre London. He is principal cello of Aurora Orchestra, and is a guest principal with London Sinfonietta and Britten Sinfonia. This season he is giving the world premieres of cello concertos by Nico Muhly (at Barbican Centre) and Mark Bowden (BBC National Orchestra of Wales). He is in demand as a soloist and chamber musician as well as a curator of new and old music- he runs the Harmonic Series at Southbank Centre which was sold out in its first season.


The Gambler is a unique one-off performance created by Opera North Projects for the Howard Assembly Room, taking place on Thursday 17 November.

The Gambler features Russian chamber music from Danny Driver (piano), Oliver Coates (cello) and Chloe Hanslip (violin), accompanying a performance based on extracts from Dostoevsky’s novel The Gambler, directed by Alan Lane of Slung Low Theatre Company.

Alexei – Dominic Gately
Polina – Louisa Clein
The General – Stuart Richman

Director – Alan Lane
Lighting – Tim Skelly
Production Assistant – Aaron Marsden

You can find more information about The Gambler here.