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Erdesz String Quartet — Tadasuke Iijima (violin), Akiko Ishikawa (violin), Yohei Nakajima (viola), Amy Sims (cello)

Wed Sep 1st 2010, 12:15 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


Artist info

The Erdesz String Quartet emanated from a trio founded in 2008 at Trinity College of Music, London, where they studied under the guidance of Rivka Golani.

The ensemble met during their time studying in London conservatoirs. They met with the purpose of discovering and mastering existing repertoire available for String Trios.

The Erdesz Sting Trio has performed at a variety of concert venues throughout the UK, including St Martin-in-the-Fields. They have also had the opportunity to participate in masterclasses by Rivka Golani, the Israel Piano Trio and Bernard Greenhouse, among others.

In May 2009, they were awarded First Prize at the Cavatina Chamber Music Competition in London.

The Erdesz String Trio enjoys collaborating with a variety of Composers, instrumentalists and charity projects. In February 2010 they gave a world premier performance of ‘Eyes of Exile’ by Mario Ferraro in London. The trio is involved in Amazonart, a N.G.O charitable body that brings international artists together for the purpose of making beauty through charity. It supports educational and social projects, mainly in the Amazonian Region of Brazil.

The Erdesz Quartet hopes to continue the trio’s success performing in Japan and in various concert venues in the UK.

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.

Akiko Ishikawa

Akiko Ishikawa began her violin studies at the age of three under the guidance of Ikuko Makino in Japan. She performed in several concert halls in Tokyo and Yokohama from a young age, and most notably in front of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, founder of the Suzuki Method. She moved to England in 1998, and was promptly invited with a full scholarship to the Berkshire Young Musicians Trust for five years, studying with Mark Wilson and Ron Colyer.

In September 2005, Akiko enrolled at Trinity College of Music to further her education. She was previously under the tutelage of Ofer Falk, and is currently studying with Rivka Golani for a Masters degree.

Akiko is a keen performer and is involved in many projects within a varied field, from classical work to working with DJs under the Ninja Tune record label. She has experience performing in almost all the major concert halls in London. She has also participated in masterclasses with the Israel Piano Trio, Mateja Marinkovich and Peter Manning, and has also performed with musicians such as conductor Marin Alsop, violinist Nicola Benedetti, singer Nick Cave and jazz pianist Uri Cane.

In 2007, Akiko participated in the improvisation group The Lawn, composed by Mark Lockheart (saxophonist and co-leader of Perfect Houseplants). She also has a strong interest in contemporary music, and has been collaborating with composers of her generation since 2006 as well as leading the Contemporary Music Group based in Trinity College of Music in 2009/2010. Akiko recently led the highly acclaimed CLIC Sargent Symphony Orchestra, which is dedicated to raise money and awareness for CLIC Sargent Charity, the biggest cancer charity for children in Britain.

Yohei Nakajima

Yohei Nakajima was born in Japan. He studied violin at Trinity College of Music, London where he studied under the guidance of Mayumi Fujikawa, Ofer Falk and John Crawford.

In 2007, he began to study with Rivka Golani. Here he discovered that he had a passion for the viola and decided to make this his principal instrument. Since then, Yohei has participated and performed in various masterclasses and festivals throughout the UK, Spain, Israel and Japan.

During his time in the UK, Yohei has performed at many concert venues throughout London, such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, St John’s Smith Square, Wigmore Hall, and Blackheath Halls. In 2008 at the Purcell Room at London Southbank Centre, he performed a world premiere of ‘Prelude and Fugue for 10 violas’ by Oliver Kentish.

Amy Sims

Amy Sims was born in 1980 in Bath, England. Amy currently divides her time between performing, teaching and studying for a Masters degree at Trinity College of Music. She began studying the cello at the age of seventeen, having originally studied the violin from the age of seven. On completion of her BA Honours degree in 2002 she performed Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations for cello and orchestra with the University College Chichester Symphony Orchestra.

In 2003 Amy began her studies at Trinity College of Music with Natalia Pavlutskaya, and in 2005 graduated with a postgraduate diploma in performance. Amy has since completed a postgraduate advanced diploma under the guidance of cello professor Richard Markson, and is now continuing her studies with Richard on the Masters programme.

Amy is a keen orchestral and chamber musician and is currently playing with the Arion Orchestra, St Paul’s Cello Octet and her Cello and Piano Duo. Since forming their duo in 2006, Amy and her duo partner Annie Ball have twice been finalists in the Leonard Smith and Felicity Young duo competition. They have also performed together in masterclasses with Natalie Clein, Christine Croshaw and Deniz Gelenbe.

Amy’s Masters studies have been generously supported by the Trinity College of London Scholarship fund and The Sir Richard Stapley Educational Foundation.

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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