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Chiho Tsunakawa (piano) and Horia Vacarescu (violin)

Wed Apr 14th 2010, 12:15 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


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Chiho Tsunakawa

A remarkable young pianist, Chiho Tsunakawa was born in Japan and began learning piano at the age of 3. At just 12 years of age, she migrated to London to study piano as a pupil of Noretta Conci-Leech (a protégé of the legendary Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli) at the recommendation of pianist Max Yoshimura. Chiho then studied under Tessa Nicholson at the junior department of the Royal Academy of Music, where she also took violin lessons with Carol Slater. She attended the Arts Educational School, London, before joining the Purcell School of Music in September 2000, where she gave many recitals including a performance of Saint-Saen’s 2nd Piano Concerto at the school’s 2001 Concerto Final. In 2002, Chiho was awarded a scholarship to study at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music under Tessa Nicholson and Rustem Hayroudinoff, gaining both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Chiho is currently in her final year of a Master's degree at the Royal College of Music, where she is studying with Gordon Fergus-Thompson.

Chiho has given solo performances on NHK Radio in Japan (twice), and her Schubert’s Trout Quintet performance at the Wigmore Hall was broadcast on radio in London. Chiho has been a prizewinner over 25 times in competitions, including the first prize in the 2000 Christopher Duke Memorial award and Marlow International Concerto Competition. In February 2004, Chiho was offered to give a solo recital at the Leighton House for the Nightingale Project.

Chiho has frequently performed — both as a soloist and as a chamber musician — at many London venues including St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Johns Smith Square, Regent Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House, and the Royal Festival Hall. She is currently joined by violinist Horia Vacarescu as a duo. After a successful start in the UK, they are now preparing for a series of recitals in Japan and Hong Kong.

Horia Vacarescu

Horia Vacarescu is a violinist that brings something new to the musical scene. Combining a high mastery of the instrument that evokes a past era with a “young and fresh” approach, his performances are a delight and always received with enthusiasm by his audience. He is enjoying an international career as a soloist and a chamber musician.  Born in Bucharest (Romania) in a musical family, he started playing the violin at the age of three. He is currently living in London and studying on the Masters programme at the Royal College of Music with professor Levon Chilingirian, on a scholarship. He previously studied with Professor Paul Ratz at the National Music University in Bucharest, and later in London with the celebrated Romanian violinist Eugene Sarbu.  Horia first appeared on stage at the age of six, made his symphonic début at 15 and today has a busy schedule performing in venues across Europe. Although based in London, he hasn’t lost touch with his native Romania, and frequently visits the Philharmonic Orchestras over there. In London, he has played in venues as Saint Martin-in-the-Fields, the the Purcell Room, St Margaret’s Church Westminster, and St John’s Smith Square.

Recently, Horia started a fruitful collaboration with the illustrious Romanian pianist Constantin Sandu, who lives in Portugal. They started their concert series with a programme that pays homage to the genius of Romanian composer and musician George Enescu. Horia has played on three continents and in 1994 he was part of a small team of young Romanian artists chosen to perform in the USA at venues that included the White House.

Music festivals in which he was a guest: City of London Festival, Chilingirian ChamberFest (UK), Tenby Arts Festival (Wales), Nuova Musica Consonante (Romania), Fimu Festival (France) and Verbier Festival, Switzerland. He has recorded and given live performances for the National Romanian Radio & TV Broadcasting Company.  In the early nineties, Horia and his brother — violinist Bogdan Vacarescu — made several concert tours across Belgium & Wales, raising funds for Romanian orphanages and other charities. They still get together occasionally for such purposes. In 2003, Horia Vacarescu reopened the concert series “The Evenings of Palace Elisabeta”, which were stopped during the communist era, in the presence of Their Majesties King Mihai I of Romania and Queen Ana.

Horia is a scholar supported by a Joan Weller Award, the Ratiu Family Foundation and Stoica & Associates (attorneys at law). He plays a superb 18th century violin, generously lent by a private collection.

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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