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Midori Komachi (violin) with Daniel Smith (piano)

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


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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.

Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith studied at the Royal Academy of Music where he won various prizes for Chamber Music and all-round musical ability. Since then he has enjoyed a busy and varied career as both soloist and accompanist.

His extensive concerto repertoire, featuring works by Rachmaninov, Beethoven, Gershwin, Ravel and Mozart, has led to many concerto performances in the UK and around Europe, including the Royal Festival Hall, London, various theatres in Cataluña, Spain, and San Stefano al Ponte, Florence. Since 1999 Daniel has frequently been a featured Solo Classical Artist on many Cruise lines on both sides of the Atlantic (Crystal, Cunard, Seabourn, Holland America, Fred. Olsen).

Accompaniment and chamber music are a major part of Daniel's life and he works regularly for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and Royal Academy of Music Junior Department accompanying auditions, master classes, assessments and competitions, as well as being much in demand at the Royal College of Music and elsewhere as a duo partner for players of all instruments. Daniel has just joined the staff at the Purcell School as Staff Accompanist.

Daniel has performed on Radio 3 and BBC Radio Ulster as part of the Belfast Festival, Northern Ireland, and appeared in the televised finals of BBC Young Musician of the Year 1996. In September 2003 he played as orchestral pianist with the Philharmonia Orchestra. He has also recorded a number of CDs.

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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