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7/8 Ensemble (Seveneight Ensemble)

Mon Jan 25th 2010, 1:10–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St James's Church Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly London W1J 9LL

The 7/8 ensemble are:

Violin: Tadasuke Iijima, Galya Bisengalieva
Double bass: David Cousins
Clarinet: Boyan Ivanov
Bassoon: Kati Lawrence
French Horn: Laurie Truluck
Manuela Mocanu: viola
Colin Alexander: cello


Artist info

Tadasuke Iijima

Tadasuke Iijima was born in Japan. He has studied with Hitoshi Maezawa, Boris Kuschnir, Toshiya Eto, Zakhar Bron, and Mayumi Fujikawa. Currently he is studying with Rivka Golani at Trinity College of Music.

In 1997 he won Second Prize at the Toshiya Eto Violin Competition (Group 1: Junior Artists, age 12–16), and in 1998 he won the highest award at Tokyo’s “New Stars of Music” audition. In 2000 he won First Prize at the Toshiya Eto Violin Competition (Group 2: Young Artists, age 17–26). In 2002 he won First Prize in the audition for Soloist with the Hamamatu Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. In 2005 he won Special Prize in the Second Heifetz International Violin Competition. He also won Harold Craxton Prize and David Martin Concerto Prize at Royal Academy of Music. In 2007 he won First Prize at Uralsk International Violin Competition in Kazakhstan.

He has appeared with the Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo New City Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Kanagawa Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, and West Kazakhstan Philharmonic Orchestra. He also founded and directed the Wakaba Ensemble in Tokyo.

Galya Bisengalieva

Galya Bisengalieva (violin) was born into a musical family in 1986 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She began playing the violin at the age of five, studying with Alma Abbatova, and later with Nina Patrusheva at the Baiseitova Music School. At ten she made her first public appearance, performing the Bach Concerto in A minor with the Kazakh State Symphony Orchestra and went on to win numerous competitions with broadcasts on television and radio.

In 1999 Galya travelled to England and continued her studies under Professor Nina Martin at the Junior Royal Academy of Music, winning in her first year the Mortimer Violin Prize and the Dame Ruth Railton Chamber Music Prize. The following year Galya had the honour of playing in a concert for HRH Prince Andrew and the Duchess of Gloucester and was also invited to perform Vitali’s ‘Chaconne’ for the opening of the British Council Headquarters in Kazakhstan. In her final year, Galya performed Ravel’s ‘Tzigane’ with the Junior Academy Symphony Orchestra under Peter Stark as result of winning an audition.

In 2004, Galya took the first prize in the ‘Kenneth Page Foundation’ Competition. The following year she won the Kazakh Presidential Scholarship ‘Bolashak’ and the ‘Ethel Kennedy Jacobs’ Scholarship to continue her studies at the Senior Academy under Professor Gyorgy Pauk. Since joining the Academy, Galya has participated in Masterclasses with Zvi Zeitlin, Tasmin Little, Sylvia Rosenberg, Thomas Brandis and Emanuel Hurwitz; has given numerous solo recitals for Abbotsholme Arts Society, Kohn Foundation and the Beethoven Society of Europe and performed the ‘Lark Ascending’ with Musique Cordiale Ensemble in France, as part of the ‘Musique Cordiale’ Festival, which was recorded live on the ‘disk2disk’ label.

Galya has most recently won the Winifred Small Violin Competition for her interpretation of solo Bach and Paganini and has graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, with first class honours and received the Roth Prize for the highest mark in her faculty.

Galya plays on an Antonio Gagliano violin, and gratefully acknowledges its loan from Norman Rosenberg.

David Cousins

David Cousins has been playing the double bass since the age of 9. He earned a sixth-form music scholarship at Repton School and studied with Derek Harper and Caroline Emery. He has played in master classes with Joel Quarrington, Paul Ellison, Duncan McTier and Dominic Seldis. David has played with many orchestras and chamber ensembles including the City of London Sinfonia, and the Cheltenham festival string ensemble. He has also played in orchestras under the leadership of Bernard Haitink, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Roger Norrington, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Gordon Nikolitch. He is currently in his final year of his B.Mus. at Trinity College of Music, where he studies with Chris West and Neil Tarlton.

Boyan Ivanov

Boyan Ivanov, born in 1983 in Yambol, Bulgaria, is one of the most promising young clarinetists today. In 2001 he graduated from the “Dobrin Petkov” National High School of Music in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, as a student of Dimitar Boyanov. In 2005 he completed his Bachelor studies with highest honours from the Plovdiv Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts. His professor and mentor there was the renowned Prof. Petko Radev, a long-time principal clarinettist of Milan’s La Scala. During his studies he won third prize at the 2003 International Competition for French Music Performance, with jury chairman Prof. Yves Didier.

He has participated in the masterclasses of Andrew Marriner (UK), Charles Neidich (USA), Reiner Wehle (Germany), Nicolas Balderou (France), Hervé Cligniez (France), Boby Yotzov (Bulgaria). Boyan has played as a soloist with Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra (Bulgaria) and Dianopolis String Orchestra (Bulgaria). He has toured extensively throughout Europe and South Korea with Bulgarian orchestras, including the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Symphony Orchestra, and Bulgarian Ensemble Orchestra.

In London, Boyan recently performed recitals at Charlton House, St John’s Church Leytonstone, St Lawrence Church and Holy Trinity Church. In 2008–09 he studied with the Spanish virtuoso clarinettist, Joan Enric Lluna at Trinity College of Music, where he had a very successful year. Boyan gained FTCL Diploma in Recital in Clarinet, was principal clarinet of the Trinity Symphony Orchestra (very successful performance of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring with conductor Edward Gardner), the Trinity Chamber Orchestra and played the clarinet solo part of the famous Bernstein’s piece Prelude, Fugue and Riffs with Trinity Jazz Ensemble in a performance at Blackheath Halls. In December 2008 he participated in the Young Janacek Philharmonic under the direction of Maestro Jan Latham Koenig. Last summer Mr. Ivanov was invited by Italian pianist Emilio Aversano to participate in the festival “Armonie della Magna Grecia”, where he made his debut at the Italian stage with two concerts in Tropea and Pizzo. Boyan is also an active chamber musician and a member of The Inspirity Ensemble and The Ivanov Wind Quintet.

Boyan is currently working on his Master Degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he is studying with Julian Farrell. He is also is a private student of Andrew Marriner.

Kati May Lawrence

It was the sweet sound of the instrument that attracted Kati May Lawrence to the bassoon when she started learning at eleven. She played both bassoon and clarinet throughout her school years, in competitions and local orchestras in her home town of Swindon. She read music at Bath Spa University and studied bassoon under Claire Gainford. Alongside this, she was playing in a number of orchestras including the Zephyrian Woodwind, with Bristol Chamber, and the WNYO opera. Ensembles she set up included an electronic improvisation duo and the Bath Spa Clarinet Quartet, and she was also a soloist at the Guildhall in Bath.

After gaining her degree, she was accepted with an Anne Driver Scholarship, Leverhulme Orchestral Mentorship, and Trinity scholarship to study at Trinity College of Music, and teaches at the Wandsworth School for Music. Currently she is now at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she is studying under Graham Sheen, Dan Jemison and Gordon Laing, and has recently started studying in Paris with Pascal Gallois. She has been a member of  the Jeune Janacek Philharmonique for the past year, and also freelances in other orchestras, such as The London Arts Orchestra, The Covent Garden Chamber, and The Bloomsbury Opera. She enjoys a wide range of repertoire, especially new and contemporary music, the latest recordings being Walter and Sabrina (Danny Dark Records) by W. Cardew and solo Rite of Spring (BP Films) by Igor Stravinsky. As well as enjoying a hike in the West Country countryside, Kati also likes to have a go at composing now and again, where she looks forward to her new composition being performed in the next New Music Society concert.

Laurie Truluck

Since birth Laurie Truluck (French horn) has rarely been tied to the same place for more than a couple of years, be it Germany, Belgium, Spain, Ecuador or… Wiltshire, but is now happily settled in Greenwich. He began to play the French horn at the age of 10 (whilst at school in Hampshire) and by the time he left school he was Principal Horn with the Dorset Youth Orchestra. Laurie moved on to Birmingham University to study Geography and Hispanic Studies, but far from abandoning the horn, he took lessons from Pete Dyson and Simon de Souza. Some of his happiest musical memories from Birmingham come from his two years with the CBSO Youth Orchestra, performing with Sakari Oramo, Paul Daniel, Alison Balsom and Joanna MacGregor.

Laurie is now a freelance horn player and teacher and a part-time masters student at Trinity College of Music, where he studies the horn with Stephen Stirling, Mike Murrary and Roger Montgomery, supported by a Leverhulme Orchestral Mentorship Scholarship. Laurie enjoys the thrill of orchestral playing more than most things in life and has played Principal Horn with Cardiff Sinfonietta, Apollo Sinfonia, Orchestra of St. Paul’s and the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra as well as having toured with the Young Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestra Europa. Among recent highlights was a successful performance of the treacherous 1st horn part in Handel’s Concerto a Due Cori at the British Horn Society Festival.

In the recording studio Laurie played solo horn on Dave Loew’s latest CD, Dave Loew at the Movies and 1st Horn in a recording of The Moon Underwater by Giles Easterbrook with the TCM Wind Orchestra. A keen chamber musician, Laurie plays with the Armitage Brass Quintet and the wind quintet, the Ivanov Quintet. On the very rare occasions when he puts down the horn, Laurie enjoys playing football (with the undefeated TCM football team no less), sailing, drinking real ale, and travelling, Spain or South America being the preferred destinations.

Manuela Mocanu

Manuela Mocanu was born on the 23rd February 1985 in Iasi, Romania. She had her first viola lessons when she was 10 years old. Manuela is a prize-winner at national and international competitions in Bacau, Piatra-Neamt, Focsani and Tulcea. She graduated from Bancila College of art in 2004 with a music degree.

Manuela continued her studies at the George Enescu University of Arts with Constantin Stanciu from the Voces Quartet. Under his guidance and together with CathArsis Quartet she discovered the complex and refined world of chamber music which led to her winning the Gotz Teusch Prize at the International Quartet Competition in Cluj, Romania. During her undergraduate studies she also performed with Bracissimo Sextet and pianist Ciprian Ciotlos and participated in Wolfgang Klos’ masterclass.

In 2007 Manuela became a member of the International Mahler Orchestra. They have had concerts in London, Spoleto, Porto and Paris and since their début in Berlin they have been invited to perform regularly at the KammermusikSaal. She also participated in London Masterclasses with Rivka Golani in 2007 and 2008 and as a scholar in the Dartington Summer School. Manuela undertook summer orchestra courses in Italy with conductors Donato Renzetti and Lior Shambadal and she was the principal viola in Orchestra Internazionale Giovanile di Pescara in its Cina tour.

Manuela is currently undertaking her Master of Music degree as an Hellen Roll scholar at Trinity College of Music, London where she is studying with Rivka Golani. During her time at Trinity she has been a finalist in the Vivian Joseph Classical Concerto Competition, the Vera Kantrovich Competition and Bach unaccompanied Competition. Manuela has also performed with the Trinity Viola Ensemble at the Brittish-Israeli Music Day at Purcell Room with the Faure Quartet at the French Music Festival at Trinity College of Music. She also participated in quartet masterclasses given by Natalie Clein, Wihan Quartet, Smith Quartet and Carducci Quartet. She has performed as a co-principal violist in Philarmonia Charities Concert at St. John’s Smith Square in February 2009. She has performed with the National Jugend Orchestre of Netherlands in the Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen and in the String Academy of the Cheltenham Festival in 2009.

Colin Alexander

Born in 1986, Colin Alexander began playing the cello at a very early age. After joining the Purcell School at sixteen he started learning with Oleg Kogan with whom he remained a pupil throughout four years at the Guildhall whilst pursuing composition as a joint-principal study. During his time at the Guildhall, Colin was involved in many areas of performing including a great deal of chamber music (National Youth String Quartet Competition winner 2005 with the Azzura Quartet) and contemporary music projects (currently co-principal cello of the London Contemporary Orchestra) whilst also enjoying solo recitals and orchestral work. Colin has performed across Britain and Europe in venues including the Wigmore Hall, Palace of Versailles, Larnaca Concert Hall and on Howard Goodall's "How Music Works" for Channel Four. Having left the Guildhall in 2008, he is now on the Composition Masters Course at the Royal College of Music on a full scholarship.

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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