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A Concert for the Christmas Season

Wed Dec 17th 2008, 1:15–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


Free admission

Kyoko Sugai

Kyoko Sugai (violin)
Kyoko was born in Tokyo and began studying violin at the age of three. After receiving a Bachelor degree from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music followed by a Postgraduate Diploma from the Royal Academy of Music where she won a scholarship, Kyoko joined the Royal College of Music as a Rohm Music Foundation Scholar in 2006. She recently completed her study at the College in July 2008, and was awarded Master of Music (MMus). Her recent teachers include Tomotada Soh and Itzhak Rashkovsky.

Kyoko currently gives regular concerts in the UK as a soloist and chamber musician, and her recent solo performances include concerts at the Wallace Collection, Ironmongers’ Hall, Gulbenkian Room and Amadeus Centre, as well as churches such as St. Mary Magdalene, St. Mary Abbots, Hyde Park chapel concert series and St. Andrews, Frognal.

Her recent competition success is the 2nd Prize in the 13th JILA Music Competition in 2008. She also has been a prizewinner at the Japan Classical Music Competition, Japan/China Music Competition, and Classical Music Players Association of Japan. After winning those prizes, she gave solo performances for Young Musicians’ Concert Series in various venues in Japan such as Casals Hall, Katsushika Symphony Hills, Sumida Triphony Hall and Oji Hall.

Kyoko has performed in master classes and music festivals extensively in the UK, Europe and Japan since she was 16, including Salzburg Mozarteum, Dartington International Summer School of Music, Courchevel MusicAlp and London Oratory Festival, and worked with distinguished musicians such as Ruggiero Ricci, Zvi Zeitlin, Tibor Varga, Krzysztof Smietana, Lewis Kaplan and Ernst Kovacic. Particularly, Kyoko has been a regular participant at the Dartington Summer School in Devon since 1998 as a scholar, where she has gained extensive experience in chamber music and orchestra, as well as master classes as a soloist. She was delighted to be chosen by professors to give public performances at many occasions in Dartington Hall, which included her performance of Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s composition at Great Hall, at the composer’s presence.

Rui Jia Hu

Rui Jia Hu (viola)
Rui Jia is from Guizhou, China. She gained her B.A degree in Shanghai Conservatory Of Music and came to the University of Limerick, Ireland in 2001. She was taught by professor Bruno Giuranna and received her Master of Art degree with Honours in 2002. During this time she toured the U.S.A, and as a visiting scholar she gave a concert there and performed in chamber music and master class in Music Festive, Pontion, Italy. Since 2003 Rui Jia has continued her studies at the Royal College of Music, London with professor Ian Jewel. She gave several solo performances in the college, including Hindemith’s Schwanendreher Concerto, and has taken part in many orchestral and chamber music performances.

She also gained significant performing experience when she attended the international CADENZA at Abingdon, U.K and a Music Festival in Austria. She has made a CD of her playing, demonstrating her musical skill and displaying Chinese cultural music as she includes a number of Chinese pieces from her repertoire on the CD.

In 2005 she has completed her Postgraduate Performance in the Royal College of Music, and she is currently working as a musician with Shanghai Silver Strings Ltd London.

Jozef Janik

Jozef Janik (piano)
Jozef Janik has a BA in Music from the Zilina Conservatoire, and a Postgraduate Diploma and MA in Music from the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Patsy Toh, Professor of Piano. He has given concerts in Austria, Sweden, Poland, England, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. His prizes include 1st prize in the Slovak piano competition and 4th prize in the International piano competition in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic. He has also worked as a soloist with the State Symphony Orchestra and Conservatory Orchestra in Slovakia (Mozart Piano concerto KV488, Ravel piano concerto in G) and Dartford Symphony Orchestra (Haydn, concerto in D and Rachmaninov, 2nd concerto); his future engagements include Rachmaninoff's Variations on a Theme by Paganini and Bach's Concerto in D minor.

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Venue: St Dunstan-in-the-West

Pictures of St Dunstan-in-the-West at the Flickr website

The church of St. Dunstan in the West dates back to circa 1070 AD, and the present building was completed in the early 19th century.

The nearest tube stations are Chancery Lane (Central line) and Temple (Circle and District line).

For more information, visit the church's website.


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