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Sophie Biebuyck (soprano), Kim Reilly (flute), Joas dos Santos (cello) and Yuki Kumagai (piano)

Wed May 27th 2009, 11:15 am ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


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Joas dos Santos and Yuki Kumagai

Yuki Kumagai (piano) was born in Kyoto, Japan and started her musical studies at the age of five in Kawai Music School. In 2000 Yuki graduated from Kyushu Women`s Junior College Music course, and then Yuki took the “Music Education for Children” course in Kunitachi Music Academy. In 2003 Yuki entered Trinity College of Music, where she originally studied piano with Nina Sereda. In 2007 Yuki finished her Postgraduate Diploma Solo Piano course studying with Christine Croshaw, and then Yuki started her Postgraduate Advanced Diploma Accompaniment course.

Joas dos Santos Cardoso (cello) made his debut as a soloist at the age of twelve in Brazil. At twelve, Joas was already giving concerts, being invited to give solo recitals and taking part in the most important music festivals in Brazil. He was described by Brazilian critics as Brazil's most talented young musician.

Aged sixteen, Joas finished his music course at the Conservatoire Carlos de Campos in Tatui, São Paulo where he studied with Clodoaldo Leite Jr.

In 2007 Joas graduated at Trinity College of Music, where he was awarded with a scholarship to finish his Master Degree. Joas has been studying the cello with Richard Markson (UK) since 2002.

Joas has played in master-classes with distinguished cellists such as Bernard Geenhouse, Mrs Tortelier. Joas was won many prizes include winning second prize in the Paulo Bosisio Soloist Competition in Minas Gerais, Brazil (2002), second prize in the Bach Competition at Trinity College of Music (2004) and first prize in the Cavatina Chamber Music Competition with his Trio "The Maestoso Trio" in 2007.

Throughout his performing life, Joas has been developing his skills as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra leader and has been invited to give solo recitals and concerts in Brazil, Paraguay, England, Scotland, and Japan.

Sophie Biebuyck

Sophie Biebuyck (soprano) was born in Chelmsford in 1986. At the age of 11 Sophie was awarded a three year Choral Scholarship to study at Wells Cathedral School under the direction of Malcolm Archer. Later she moved home and attended Brentwood School as a music scholar and it was here she was introduced to singing teacher, Julia Wilson-James. During her years at Brentwood School she was a member of many music groups, choirs and orchestras.
Sophie is currently a Dame Susan Morden Scholar at Trinity College of Music in Greenwich where she studies under the tutelage of Alison Wells and Mary Hill. In 2006 Sophie won the Essex Young Musician of the Year and was a Finalist at the Kathleen Ferrier Bursary for Young Singers. More recently she was awarded the Roy Pleasance Operatic Prize by Joan Rogers as well as a scholarship from Brentwood Cathedral. Over the last few years Sophie has worked with many distinguished conductors and singers including John Rutter. Cem Masur, James Judd, Robert Tear, Ubaldo Fabbri, Jonathon Peter Kenny and Richard Jackson.

Sophie is an experienced soloist having sung with many Choirs and Choral Societies on a local, national and international level. Her singing has taken her to America, Turkey, Germany, Holland, France and Italy where audiences have been anything from 20 to 2000 people. In 2007 she created and performed the role of The Handless Maiden in Covent Garden Street Operas production of Jolliffe’s ‘The Handless Maiden’. For more information and details of future engagements please visit

Kim Reilly

Kim Reilly (flute) was born in 1987 and is from Horsham in West Sussex. She began playing the flute at the age of 10 and at 13 gained a place to study at Junior Guildhall. At the age of 16 Kim was awarded a scholarship to study at the Purcell School for two years and is now in her final year at Trinity College of Music where she is taught by Lynda Coffin, Anna Noakes and Alan Baker on piccolo.

Kim won first prize in the Harold Clarke Woodwind competition in her first year and this led to her performing in a special prize winner’s concert later in the year. Kim was also a prize winner in the Needham Piccolo Competition hosted by the British Flute Society in Regents Hall, Oxford Street in 2008.

Kim plays for the newly founded Docklands Sinfonia recently recording for a BBC1 program called ‘Clash’ and has performed with Situation Opera, Mean Time Opera Company playing principal flute in their production of Bizet’s Carmen in Greenwich Theatre, ‘Out of Joint’ Theatre Company and the opening of Kings Place in Kings Cross. She has also toured Germany and Prague with the West Sussex County Youth Orchestra and performs with a wind quintet and a flute and guitar duo. Performances within Trinity have led Kim to play at Worth Abbey playing principal flute in Grieg’s piano concerto under the baton of James Judd. She has also played at Regents Hall, Oxford Street, the Admiral House, Old Royal Naval College, Blackheath Halls, St John Smiths Square and Charlton House.

Kim currently works part time for Greenwich and Lewisham music services and is part of the Wider Opportunities Program.

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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