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Midori Komachi (violin) with Tadashi Imai (piano)

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


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Midori Komachi

Midori Komachi was born in 1988, in Japan. She began playing the violin at the age of seven, and at the age of 12 was accepted to the Basel Music University in Switzerland to study with Adelina Oprean. She subsequently made her debut with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra conducted by Howard Griffiths, performing Mozart violin concerto No.2, and since then has played as a soloist with various orchestras. She has given recitals in many countries including Switzerland, Japan and England. In England she has performed in venues such as St. Martin-in-the-fields, St. Martin-within-Ludgate and St. Dunstan-in-the-West. Currently she is studying at the Royal Academy of Music with Tomotada Soh.

Midori has participated in many music festivals and received masterclasses from Thomas Brandis, Antje Weithaas, Ulf Schneider, Zvi Zeitlin, Charles Castleman, Eduard Schmieder, Stephan Picard and Alexander Pavlovic.

As a chamber musician she has performed at the Wigmore hall, leading her string quartet in a masterclass given by the Belcea quartet. In 2008 she was invited to the Takefu International Music Festival in Japan to perform in a string ensemble with professors Stephan Picard, Nobuko Imai and Stephan Forck. Midori has been awarded several prizes including Hattori Foundation Junior Award 2007/08, and she is also the laureate of competitions such as Dame Ruth Railton Prize 2006 and Harold Craxton Prize 2009. Most recently she has won the Max Pirani Prize 2009.

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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