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The London Messiaen Quartet with Kanae Furomoto

Fri Jul 24th 2009, 5:30 pm ◀ This event has finished
The Athenaeum Centre, Warminster, 18–20 High Street, Warminster BA12 9AE

In a live recording session for WCR Community Radio, the London Messiaen Quartet will perform Messiaen’s “Quartet For The End Of Time” (Quatuor pour la fin du temps).

The concert will also feature a piano recital by Kanae Furomoto, including works by:

Admission by donation (£4–£10) to the Athenaeum Restoration Appeal and WCR Media Training Centre.

A recording of this concert will be broadcast on WCR Community Radio (87.7 MHz FM) on July 26th 2009.

Artist Info

The London Messiaen Quartet: Ayako Yamazaki (violin), Joanne Rozario (clarinet), Masachi Nishiyama (piano) and Alison Gillies (cello)

Ayako Yamazaki

Ayako Yamazaki started musical life at the age of three with the piano and singing lessons and started playing the violin a year later. Having studied with Masumi Ueda, Masayuki Miyakawa and Kazuki Sawa in Japan, she moved to London, where she studied with Jean Harvey and Richard Deakin at the Royal Academy of Music. Her study through a Bachelor of Music and Postgraduate Diploma course was supported by the Belmore Woodgate Scholarship. While at the Academy, she won the Alfred J. Waley Prize.

She is currently working with Bela Katona. Ayako has benefitted from masterclasses with Sylvia Rosenberg, Norbert Brainin, Lewis Kaplan and Thomas Brandis, as well as Bowdoin Music Festival in Maine, U.S.A. She performs throughout the U.K., as well as in Italy and Japan. In August 2007, she became a finalist at the Japan Ensemble Competition. Her orchestral experiences include leader of the Royal Academy Baroque Orchestra, co-leader of the London Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and New London Sinfonia. Also, in 2005, she toured to Algeria to lead the National Orchestra of Algeria. Having much interest also in Baroque music, she regularly leads a chamber ensemble for the choral works of that period from November 2007.

Joanne Rozario

Joanne Rozario (clarinet): Joanne’s international career has taken her from her home town of London to venues all over the world including Hong Kong, China, South Africa, Canada, America, Spain and Greece. Joanne studied clarinet and saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Whilst there, she also founded a prize-winning saxophone quartet who received a scholarship to study at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada, went on to perform in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and played live on Classic FM. In her final year at the Academy she joined the Hong Kong Philharmonic as Assistant Principal Clarinet where she performed concertos by Saint-Saëns and Glazunov, played live on Hong Kong Radio and Television and took part in the Sunset Ceremony which marked Hong Kong’s return from colonial Britain to China. After a few months in England she moved to South Africa where she was Principal Clarinet with the Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban for two and a half years. During her time in Africa, she played the Mozart concerto and the Debussy Rhapsodie with the orchestra. She performed regularly as a solo recitalist and also appeared in many chamber music concerts, including the prestigious Grahamstown International Festival. When she was offered the post of Principal Clarinet with Northern Ballet Orchestra Joanne returned to England. She now tours extensively with the company alongside performing solo and chamber music concerts all over the country. She lives in London and maintains strong links with South Africa, where she recently completed a month long recital tour.

Masachi Nishiyama

Masachi Nishiyama is increasingly gaining recognition for her work as both solo and collaborative pianist. She has given recitals at numerous venues in United Kingdom and abroad. Masachi was born in Tokyo, where she studied with Hidemitsu Hayashi at both the Toho Gakuen High School and College of Music, graduating with B.Mus degree and winning many prizes including at the International Institution of Art and the Hokkaido Music Camp. She came to London in 1999, where she studied the piano with James Lisney and chamber music with Andrew West, Joseph Seiger and Clifford Benson at the Royal Academy of Music, winning the Maud Hornby Prize and she was awarded the Diploma of Postgraduate Performance. She pursued further study with Yonty Solomon at The Royal College of Music and she was awarded the Diploma of Advanced Performance and concluded her studies by becoming a finalist in the prestigious Chappell Gold Medal competition. Masachi has worked in private and public masterclasses with renowned musicians such as Jacque Rouvier, Sergio Perticaroli, Andrew Ball. Simon Nicolas, Gordon Fergus-Thomposon, Nelson Goerner, Alexander Bailli (cellist), Paul Barritt (violinist), Darragh Morgan (violinist) and participated in many major music festivals in locations around the world including France, Vienna, Salzburg, Japan and also England. In addition to numerous appearances as "Bach: The Goldberg Variations" Project in England in 2007 — Bluthner Piano Centre, Hindhead Music Centre, The Red Hedgehog, Kingston Parish Church, St Anne and Agnes, etc. — and also at chamber music recitals — St. Martin in the Field, Wolfson College, Deptford Town Hall Council Chamber, Woodhouse Copse, Bristol Cathedral, etc. She is currently performing the last solo piano works of Schubert, Haydn and Brahms and Beethoven for Violin and Piano all Sonatas Series at chamber music concerts. Her future engagements include solo and chamber music recitals at Hindhead Music Centre, Jackdaws Music Trust, St John's Art & Recreation Centre, The Red Hedgehog, Wolfson College, Burgh House etc.

Alison Gillies

Alison Gillies began the cello at the age of eight, receiving free lessons through Wiltshire County Music service. After receiving several school prizes for musical achievement, she went to study privately with Bruno Schrecker of the Allegri String Quartet. She read for a BMus at Cardiff University, where she received a three-year string scholarship and was awarded the John Morgan Lloyd prize for meritorious achievement in her final year. Whilst at Cardiff, Alison performed both the Vivaldi double cello concerto and the Saint Saens concerto. She continued her studies at Trinity College of Music, where she read for an MMus in performance studies, studying with Richard Markson. During this time she became a founder member of Quattro String Quartet and in 2003, performed the Elgar cello concerto with the Rhondda Symphony Orchestra. Alison moved to Bristol in 2004 where she is reading for an MPhil in British music at Bristol University. She continues to follow a career as a freelance cellist and has worked with RTE Concert Orchestra, Guilford Philharmonic Orchestra, New London Sinfonia, Bath Philharmonia, West of England Philharmonic Orchestra, Co-Opera Ireland, British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra among others. She has recorded for Radio 4 and had TV appearances on HTV Wales and S4C. In 2005 Alison toured Japan with pianist Masachi Nishiyama and in 2006 was invited to be principal cellist of the Seychelles International Festival Orchestra. In 2007 she took part in the Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium playing with Kanye West. Alison plays a 2003 copy of a Ruggeri cello by John Dilworth.

Kanae Furomoto: Guest Pianist

Kanae Furomoto

Kanae Furomoto (piano) studied at the Royal Academy of Music, firstly with Lois Phillips and later with Hamish Milne to complete both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. She was awarded several scholarships and prestigious prizes from inside and outside the academy. She also received a M.Mus. from the University of London.

She participated in the masterclasses of eminent artists such as George Sebok, Andras Schiff, John Lill and others.

Her debut recital in Tokyo in 1995 was highly acclaimed and was subsequently broadcast on the radio station NHK-FM. In 1999 she played at the Purcell Room in London as a chosen soloist for the PLG Young Artist Concert Series. She also made a significant contribution to the JAPAN 2001 cultural promotion in Britain by playing Japanese music at many events.

She has been regularly performing not only in the U.K. and Japan but also in Norway, the U.S.A, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Belgium, Austria and China.

Besides being a soloist, she is a keen ensemble player and has played with well-known artists like cellists Maria Kriegel, and Adalbert Skocic, violinists Jin Matsuno and Narimichi Kawabata, and singer Charlotte de Rothschild. Her future engagements include a concert with a renowned flutist Harrie Starrveld.

Venue: The Athenaeum Centre, Warminster

Built in 1857, The Athenaeum is a fine grade II listed building at the heart of the historic market town of Warminster. The Athenaeum has a long and colourful history of use from a literary institution, to a cinema and now as a vibrant centre for the community. The Centre is held in trust by and for the people of Warminster and is operated by a dedicated team of volunteers.

For further information visit the Athenaeum’s website at


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