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Akiko Kumakura — Piano recital

Tue Mar 24th 2009, 1:15 pm ◀ This event has finished
Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TJ


Akiko Kumakura

A native of Japan, Akiko Kumakura gave her debut performance in Tokyo at age of thirteen. The concert featured her playing Mozart Piano Concerto in F major K.413 with the Hirao Quartet, which is part of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. In 1994, she was awarded the bronze medal at the Saitama Piano Competition. She also received awards for many other national competitions.

After studying for her Diploma at Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, she moved to England, where she was awarded a scholarship from the Trinity College of Music in London to study for an Advanced Postgraduate degree for which she received first class honours. She also has taken master classes with such internationally renowned pianists as Martino Tirimo and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.

Akiko was awarded the first prize at an international competition in Padua, Italy, which included an invitation to give a concert at the ‘Sala dei Giganti’ in Padua in 2005. She has performed a series of acclaimed piano solo recitals and duo recitals in UK, Japan and Italy. In 2007, she has been favourably reviewed in the Japanese press about a recent lecture recital she gave in Japan.

Throughout this time Akiko has performed Beethoven Piano Concerto No.4 and other concertos with Morley Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Charles Peebles. She has also focus of teaching enthusiastically as well as giving a master class in Sevenoaks School in Kent and Dulwich College in Shanghai.

Future engagements include solo recitals and a performance with the orchestra in UK, also in Amsterdam and Tokyo in 2009.

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Venue: Bristol Cathedral

Bristol Cathedral (photo: Adrian Pingstone)

Bristol Cathedral is situated in the middle of the city at the bottom of Park Street. It was founded in 1140, but was built gradually over a period of 700 years. The Cathedral hosts numerous events and concerts throughout the year. Many of these are open to the public, and some are free, including the regular lunchtime concerts on Tuesdays.

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