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Masachi Nishiyama — Bach’s Goldberg Variations (piano recital)

Wed Mar 24th 2010, 1:15 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


The Goldberg Variations is the final work in the series of keyboard music published by Bach under the title of Clavier-Übung (Keyboard Practice), and is often regarded as the most serious and ambitious composition ever written for harpsichord. The work, probably dating from around 1741, was written for Count Hermann Karl von Keyserling and was performed for him by his talented young harpsichordist Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, after whom it was ultimately named. After a statement of the aria at the beginning of the piece, there are 30 variations, followed by a repetition of the aria. Based on a single ground bass theme, the variations display not only Bach’s exceptional knowledge of diverse styles of music of the day but also his exquisite performing techniques.

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Masachi Nishiyama

Masachi Nishiyama is increasingly gaining recognition for her work as both solo and collaborative pianist. She has performed at numerous music clubs and festivals in many parts of the world including France, Italy, Austria, Japan and the United Kingdom. She made her solo recital debut in Tokyo for the International Artist Association of Japan, where she won the special prize, and she won the first prize at the Hokkaido Music Camp in Japan.

Masachi’s repertoire ranges widely from the baroque era to the present day. In 2007 she toured the UK with a series of fifteen recitals of Bach's Goldberg Variations, which was a great success. (Venues included the Bluthner Piano Centre, Hindhead Music Centre, St Anne & Agnes Church and the Red Hedgehog). She is also enthusiastic about performing French impressionist music by composers such as Ravel and Debussy.

Masachi enjoys both solo and collaborative work. In 2008/2009 she gave several performances of Messiaen's Quartet for The End of Time as a member of the London Messiaen Quartet, including one performance that was broadcast on Warminster Community Radio and streamed worldwide on the Internet. She has also performed many concerts with the DivaDivo opera duo singers, and with violinist Haruko Motohashi in the UK and Japan. Masachi and Haruko's first album will soon be released by Avocado Music Productions.

Masachi was born in Japan, where she studied at the Toho Gakuen School of Music, graduating with B.Mus degree and winning many prizes. In 1999 she came to London to study piano at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was awarded the Maud Hornby Prize and the Diploma of Postgraduate Performance. She pursued further study at The Royal College of Music, where she was awarded the Diploma of Advanced Performance and concluded her studied by becoming a finalist in the prestigious Chappell Gold Medal competition.

Masachi has benefited greatly from the guidance of prominent musicians such as James Lisney, Yonty Solomon, Hidemitsu Hayashi, Jacque Rouvier, Sergio Perticaroli, Joseph Seiger, Clifford Benson, John Barstow, Andrew Ball, Simon Nicolas, Andrew West, Vanessa Latarche, Gordon Fergus-Thomposon, Nelson Goerner, Alexander Baillie (cellist), Richard Markson (cellist), Paul Barritt (violinist) and Darragh Morgan (violinist).

Her recent concerts have included many prestigious UK venues such as St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. James Church, Piccadilly, Bristol Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral and the colleges of Oxford University.

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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