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Yuka Ishizuka (violin) and Tadashi Imai (piano)

Wed Apr 21st 2010, 12:15 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


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Yuka Ishizuka

Yuka Ishizuka was born in 1988 in the United States and started playing the violin at the age of three. She then entered the Junior Toho Music School in Japan and studied with Ryoko Sasaki. In 2002, she began studying with Maurice Hasson, and in the following year she entered the Junior Academy of the Royal Academy of Music. In 2006, she was accepted to the Royal Academy of Music with a scholarship. She is now in her forth year of undergraduate study with support from the William Barry Trust. She is the founder of the Rusalka Piano Trio and Mitrea Piano Quartet.

She has participated in many competitions and has won many prizes, including first prize at he International Young Musicians Competition in Italy (2004), the Junior Academy Concerto Prize (2005), the Junior Academy Violin Prize (2006), Beethoven Chamber Music Competiton in London with her duo partner, Si Chen (2007), Winfield Small Solo Violin Prize, and the Harold Croxton Chamber Music Prize (2009) at the Royal Academy of Music (2008). She has also participated in the China International Violin Competition (2008), and has been awarded the John B. McEwen Prize at the Royal Academy of Music (2009).

She has attended masterclasses (with musicians including Pierre Amoyal, Igor Oistrakh, Itzhak Perlman, Donald Weilerstein, Thomas Brandis, Sylvia Rosenberg, Gyorgy Pauk and Gerard Poulet) not only in London but also at venues such as the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg, the Nagano International Music Festival in Japan, and the Pablo Casals Festival in France. In 2007 she was invited to the Perlman Music Program in New York, where she took part in a chamber music performance with the internationally renowned musician, Itzhak Perlman. She was also invited by a Master course in Switzerland to study with Ana Chumachenco.

In 2005, she appeared as soloist with the Junior Academy Chamber Orchestra after winning the Concerto Competition at the Junior Academy RAM. As a recitalist, she has appeared at numerous places, including Chichester Festival (2006), Sera Museum in Osaka (2006), Steinway Hall (2007), St Martin-in-the-fields (2008), Winchester Cathedral (2008), Blue Rose Hall, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Japan (2008) and at King’s Place in London (2009). Future engagement includes a recital at St. James’ Piccadilly, the Drapers Hall and a concerto performance in Tokyo.

Tadashi Imai

Tadashi Imai began his piano study at the age of 11 under the tutorage of Kazuyo Ueda and Mieko Nakagawa in Japan. He continued his studies at the Toho Gakuen College of Music, and was then granted a scholarship to study at Texas Christian University with Tamas Ungar. Later, he was granted a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studied with Christopher Elton and chamber music with Clifford Benson and Michael Dussek. During his stay in the UK, he performed twice at the Tunnel Trust Music Course, and at the Halifax Chamber Music Festival for Young Musicians and the Messiaen Festival (broadcast on BBC Radio 3's "In Tune" programme).

He has performed many concerti including Stravinsky's Piano Concerto (with the Royal Academy Orchestra), Tchaikovsky's Concerto No. 1 (with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra), Chopin's Concerto No. 1 (with the Osaka Symphoniker), and Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 3 (with the Feuerwerk Symphoniker, Tokyo).

Since he graduated from the Royal Academy of Music (where he was awarded the Academy's Postgraduate Diploma, DipRAM and the Vice-Principal's special award), he has spent four years as a Junior Fellow of the Academy (Associate Fellowship 2005–06, Hodgeson Fellowship 2006–2007, Shinn Fellowship 2007–2008, Foundation Fellowship 2008–2009.) In 2008, he was appointed Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM).

Since 2005, he has been working with the class of violinist and Academy professor Gyorgy Pauk. He was the official accompanist of the Menuhin International Violin Competition in 2008, an official accompanist of the London Masterclasses, the Lake District Summer Music (England) and the Bartok Festival (Szombathely, Hungary). He has also performed with great musicians including the Academy professors Maurice Hasson and Lydia Mordkovich. He will be an official accompanist at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in 2010. His forthcoming concert engagements in 2009–2010 include solo recital and chamber music concerts in Japan, England, France, Ireland, Spain, Holland, Poland and Germany.

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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