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Midori Komachi (violin) with Kumi Matsuo (piano)

Tue Oct 6th 2009, 11:15 am–12:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TJ


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Midori Komachi

Midori Komachi was born in 1988, in Japan. She began playing the violin at the age of seven, and at the age of 12 was accepted to the Basel Music University in Switzerland to study with Adelina Oprean. She subsequently made her debut with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra conducted by Howard Griffiths, performing Mozart violin concerto No.2, and since then has played as a soloist with various orchestras. She has given recitals in many countries including Switzerland, Japan and England. In England she has performed in venues such as St. Martin-in-the-fields, St. Martin-within-Ludgate and St. Dunstan-in-the-West. Currently she is studying at the Royal Academy of Music with Tomotada Soh.

Midori has participated in many music festivals and received masterclasses from Thomas Brandis, Antje Weithaas, Ulf Schneider, Zvi Zeitlin, Charles Castleman, Eduard Schmieder, Stephan Picard and Alexander Pavlovic.

As a chamber musician she has performed at the Wigmore hall, leading her string quartet in a masterclass given by the Belcea quartet. In 2008 she was invited to the Takefu International Music Festival in Japan to perform in a string ensemble with professors Stephan Picard, Nobuko Imai and Stephan Forck. Midori has been awarded several prizes including Hattori Foundation Junior Award 2007/08, and she is also the laureate of competitions such as Dame Ruth Railton Prize 2006 and Harold Craxton Prize 2009. Most recently she has won the Max Pirani Prize 2009.

Kumi Matsuo

Kumi Matsuo was born in 1984 in Tokyo, Japan. She is currently in the second year of the Masters Postgraduate programme, studying with John Blakely. She also studies harpsichord with Jane Chapman. In September 2007 she received a Charles Napper Award, and since September 2008 she has been supported by the Rohm Music Foundation. She was a student of J.Gondo and M.Voskresensky at the Toho Gakuen High School of Music and the Toho Gakuen University of Music in Tokyo. Whilst studying there, she participated in various masterclasses for piano and chamber music, including those of B.Canino, K.Hellwig, P.Devoyon, B.Bekhterev, W.Brons, V.Balzani, B.Rigutto, C.Elton, J.M.Cottet, E.L.Sage, C.Ivaldi, J.M.Luisada, the Tokyo String Quartet, the Vermeer Quartet and the Juilliard String Quartet.

In 2006, she won Second Prize at the 75th Music Competition of Japan and performed with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Norichika Iimori.

In November 2008, she won Third Prize at the 22nd ‘Cidade de Ferrol’ International Piano Competition in Spain and played with the Galicia Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jordi Bernacer. In June 2008, she won the RCM concerto competition and performed Ravel’s Piano Concerto for Left hand with RCM Sinfonietta conducted by Peter Stark at the Cadogan Hall on 4th of December.

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.

Visit the Bristol Cathedral website.


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