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Asuka and Erica Tsujimoto (violins) with Philip Howard (piano)

Wed Jul 22nd 2009, 11:15 am ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


Violin Duo op 9–2. The prolific German composer Louis Spohr (1784–1859) who was also a violinist and conductor, produced more than 150 works covering all genres. This piece contains elements that position Spohr as an accomplished composer in both classical and operatic styles.

Three of ‘Five Pieces for Two Violins and Piano’. Some think of Dmitri Shostakovich (1905–1975) as forbiddingly serious but he also wrote much ‘light’ music — ballets, film scores, waltzes and even an operetta. His œuvre includes several short pieces for two violins and piano, one of which — ‘Five Pieces’ — was probably arranged by his good friend, Lev Atovmian, whom Shostakovich trusted to make arrangements of his ballet and film scores. The music, however, is pure Shostakovich at his most melodic and appealing. Three pieces from this composition are played today: The Prelude is from music for the film The Gadfly (1955); the Waltz comes from Shostakovich's music for the cartoon The Tale of the Priest and His Servant Balda. The concluding Polka was derived from the First Ballet Suite, though it was originally part of a ballet, The Limpid Stream.

‘Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing.’ This is a popular song with music by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Paul Francis Webster. The song first featured in the 1955 film Love is a Many-Splendored Thing, which won a ‘Best Song’ Academy Award. The score accompanies depiction of romantic meetings on the windswept hills of Hong Kong, a setting that amplifies the intensely romantic lyrics. Today’s version of this song is arranged by Shingo Matsuura.

Autumn Leaves. This is a much recorded popular-song composed by Hungarian Joseph Kosma (1905–1969). Kosma migrated to Paris in 1933, living there throughout the war and occupation. In 1936, he began composing for French film, working with Jacques Prevert to produce Autumn Leaves in 1945, under its original French title "Les feuilles mortes". In 1947, American songwriter Johnny Mercer added English lyrics which helped to move the song forward with identifiable pop and jazz elements in both languages. Today’s version of this song is arranged by Shingo Matsuura.

Lappfjard. This is a traditional song from Finland, specially arranged for today’s recital by Shingo Matsuura.

Los Mareados. ‘The Dizzy Ones’ was composed by Juan Carlos Cobián (1896–1953). The lyrics that first accompanied the tune played today describe a man saying farewell, as if by a fateful plan, to a beautiful woman. She laughs, perhaps so as not to cry, whilst he recognises her disguised feelings. It is a farewell, but everything leads us to think it is not final. Juan Carlos Cobián was an authentic innovator of tango, both as player and composer. As a pianist, he was the first to fill-in the bass line with embellishments when the melody rests. Alongside Enrique Delfino, creator of the so-called ‘tango-romanza’, Cobián paved the way for avant-garde tango. Arranged by Shingo Matsuura.

Jealousy. This piece was written by Jacob Cade (1879–1963). Born in Denmark, Cade was a violinist who became a popular song composer. He composed Jealousy for a silent film when he was 45. It immediately became a world-wide hit played, it has been said, on a radio somewhere in the world, at least once every minute for a year. Apart from its many television airings, the song has been played in over 100 films and it is still much-played today. Pop singers as diverse as Frankie Lane and Billy Fury have recorded well-known versions. Today’s version of this song is also arranged by Shingo Matsuura.

Artist info

Asuka and Erica Tsujimoto

The highly accomplished and captivating Tsujimoto twins, Asuka and Erika, began playing the violin in 1988 at the age of four. Under the guidance of the renowned Shoko Sugiyama, who used the Suzuki method, the girls became proficient violinists at a young age. They were also talented pianists.

They have toured both with orchestras in countries including Australia, Thailand, Germany, France and Croatia and as independent players in India where, unexpectedly perhaps, their parents operate a thriving violin shop.

In September 2004, Asuka Tsujimoto entered the Royal Academy of Music in London and studied under renowned violin tutor Prof. Tomotada Soh, graduating from the same school in June 2008. She was a winner of the Academy’s coveted violin solo prize in 2006 and took Highly Commended in the Homi Kanga Memorial Prize (2007). At her Graduation Recital from the Royal College of Music Asuka took 3rd prize in the violin category.

Erika Tsujimoto graduated from Osaka Music University in 2006. She was selected as one of the 10 best players of that year not just in the violin department but all other departments of this renowned music university. In April 2007 Erika joined her twin sister in London to study under Prof. Soh. While still in college, Erika has performed in many external concerts.

Philip Howard was born in 1976. Initially self-taught, he was a student of Alexander Abercrombie between the ages of 10 and 18, later going on to study composition and piano at the Royal Academy of Music, where his teachers were Michael Finnissy and Graeme Humphrey.

Philip won first prize at the International Gaudeamus Interpreters' Competition 2003 held in Rotterdam, becoming the first British winner since 1968. At the age of 15 he won joint first prize in the first BBC Young Musician of the Year Composer Award.

Among other performances, Philip has given solo recitals in London at the Purcell Room and in the BMIC Cutting Edge series at The Warehouse, as well as in the Ultima festival in Oslo, Gaudeamus Music Week in Amsterdam, and the "Berlin Piano Days" (Berliner Klaviertage).

He has appeared on a number of CDs including his own solo piano album "Decoding Skin", which was released in 2004 and which features works by Iannis Xenakis, Morton Feldman and Michael Finnissy alongside pieces by young British composers Paul Newland, Max Wilson and Paul Whitty.

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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