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Makiko Sada (piano) and James Woods-Davison (trumpet)

Fri Sep 25th 2009, 11:10 am–12:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St James's Church Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly London W1J 9LL


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Makiko Sada

Makiko Sada was born in Japan. She began studies with Noriko Yodogawa at the age of 4 and won the Nishinihon Piano Competition in 1990 at the age of 8. Before coming to the UK she was awarded her Bachelors Degree at Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo in 2004 where she studied with Yasuko Shinoi.

Makiko completed the Postgraduate of Diploma-Performance course at the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2007 where she studied piano with Kathryn Stott, and chamber music with Ian Brown and Andrew West.

During her studies at Royal Academy of Music Makiko was awarded one of the highest distinctions in her final recital and won the Dorothy Bryant Award. She also won 2nd Prize in the TIAA All Japan Classical Music 2007.

Makiko has taken part in International music festivals and performed in concerts including the International Evian Academy in France, International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York, North London Piano School, International Summer Chopin Academy in Warsaw etc, and recently she accepted in the Banff Music Summer Festival in Canada 2008 and 2009 by scholarship.

She participated in master classes with such distinguished artists as with Christopher Elton, Pawel Kaminski, Anton Kuerti, Julian Martin, Robart McDonald, Hamish Milne, Pascal Nemirovski, Fabio Bidini, Ronan O'Hora, Daniel-Ben Pienaar, Fou Tsong, Dr. Michael Schreider, Arbo Valdoma and Mikimoto Sumiko.

She has performed both solo recitals and chamber music concerts in many countries among them U.K, Italy, France, Canada, Spain and Japan, and is currently continuing her piano studies with Hamish Milne.

"She is an intelligent and highly cultivated pianist"
— Aaron Shorr

"Makiko Sada is a young gifted pianist who plays with great sensitivity and style"
— Kathryn Stott

James Woods-Davison

James Woods-Davison is currently studying on a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music with Professor James Watson, Mark David and Robert Farley.

To date he has won both the Royal Academy of Music Worshipful Company of Musicians Solo Prize for Brass, as well as the Worshipful Company of Musicians Prize for Brass Ensemble.

James has performed as Principal Trumpet with the R.A.M Symphony Orchestra as well as with the R.A.M Baroque Orchestra as part of the Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series. Professional orchestral experience includes the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the London Sinfonietta in collaboration with R.A.M Manson Ensemble.

James has performed in a wide variety of venues, from the Royal Albert Hall, the Wigmore Hall, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Abbey Road Studios, Glastonbury Pyramid Stage, to the Beijing Forbidden City Concert Hall. Broadcasts include live performances on both BBC 2 and BBC Radio 3.

As a recital soloist James has appeared at St Martins-in-the-Fields, Fairfield Hall’s Croydon and the Graz Mariahilfer Kirche, Austria. As a concerto soloist, he has performed the Arutiunian, Haydn, Hummel, Vivaldi Double, and Shostakovich (Piano and Trumpet) Concertos.

He is the current recipient of the R.A.M William Thomas Stephen Award, the Bache Fund Prize 2008, the Paton Award 2009, and has been awarded the Leverhulme Orchestral Fellowship for 2009–2010.

Future engagements include performing the Haydn Trumpet Concerto at Ashover Festival, solo trumpet in Bach Cantata 77 at the Royal Academy of Music and recitals at Southwark Cathedral, Windsor Parish Church, Hendon Music Society and the Towner Arts Festival in Eastbourne.

Venue: St James's Church Piccadilly

St James Piccadilly (photo: Steve Cadman)

The church interior (photo: Steve Cadman)

St James's is an Anglican church which was designed and built by Sir Christopher Wren in the 17th century. William Blake was baptised here in 1757. The church holds regular concerts of both classical and contemporary music.

The church is situated between Piccadilly and Jermyn Street about 200 yards from Piccadilly Circus. The closest tube stations are Piccadilly Circus and Green Park.

For more information, visit the St James's Church website.


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