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Haruko Motohashi (violin) with Masachi Nishiyama (piano)

Wed Dec 2nd 2009, 1:15 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


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Masachi Nishiyama (left) and Haruko Motohashi (right)

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.

Haruko Motohashi First Prize winner of the 2004 YBP International Music Competition and 2000 Wakayama Music Competition in Japan, the violinist Haruko Motohashi has been promoted by the International Artists Association of Japan to perform concerts and recitals in Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall, Sumida Triphony Hall, as well as Suntory Hall.

Haruko was awarded the 3rd Prize in the JILA Music Competition, a special merit medal at the Japan/China Music Competition, and another special medal from the International Artists Association of Japan, which has also selected her as a new face on their concert scheme. She was selected as a finalist of David Martin/Florence Hooton Concerto Prize in 2002, the Wilfred Parry Prize at the RAM in 2003, and in 2004 she was one of the few contestants selected to take part in the “Premio Paganini 50th International Violin Competition” in Genoa, Italy. In 2006, she reached the semi-finals of the Jeunesses Musicales International competition in Belgrade, Serbia. She also performed as a soloist in the Pacific Music Festival in 1997.

Her recent concerts have included performances, at the Snape Maltings Concert Hall as part of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, New Music New Media, and solo recitals at Bristol Cathedral and Wolfson College, Oxford. She has given many performances throughout the UK, Europe and Japan, most recently at the Duke’s Hall, David Josefowitz Recital Hall (Royal Academy of Music, London) and at the London Depford Council Chamber (Goldsmiths College, London). In her commitment to contemporary music, Haruko has worked with many of today’s most important composers and works regularly with today’s leading young composers, having premièred David Owen’s new Violin Concerto with the Goldsmiths College Orchestra, conducted by Roger Redgatge in February 2008, also premièred a few new works written especially for her. She was invited to take a part of “2007 Contemporary Performance and Composition” (Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme), directed by Oliver Knussen, Collin Matthews, and Magnus Lindberg,

Haruko began studying the violin under the Suzuki method at the age of two, in her native city of Tokyo. Later, she studied with Takashi Shimizu at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, and over the years she has also performed in Master Classes with Yfrah Neaman, Igor Oistrakh, Valeri Oistrakh, Mincho Mintchev, Eduard Schmieder, Masao Kawasaki, Toru Yasunaga and Koichiro Harada.

Haruko finished her studies at the Goldsmiths College, University of London in September 2007, and received a MMus Masters in Music, specialising in New Music, and in June 2005 she received a Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction DipRAM (for an outstanding final recital) from the Royal Academy of Music, London. Haruko also has a BMus Bachelor Degree 1st class distinction from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.

She is now giving recitals throughout the UK, also working as a violin/musicianship tutor, teaching young aged children at the CYM Kensington & Chelsea (Centre for Young Musicians) and the Sitara Toto Montessori School. She is also coaching a small string ensemble and a leader of the Tudor Orchestra in London.

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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