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Mansoon Bow (violin) with Sam Liu (piano)

Wed Sep 29th 2010, 12:15 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


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Mansoon Bow

Mansoon Bow is frequently in demand as both soloist and chamber musician in many major cities in Japan, as well as in the UK where she is currently based. Her latest concerts in the UK include a recital to open the Cheltenham Music Festival, and recitals at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Southwark Cathedral, Mandeville Place and the Foundling Museum in London.

Mansoon was born in Japan of Korean origin, and began studying the violin at the age of three in her native city of Osaka. Later she proceeded to the Royal Academy of Music in London where she worked first with Richard Deakin and then with Mayumi Fujikawa for Bachelor and Master’s degrees, in which she is a recipient of a full scholarship (the Derek Butler Scholarship, the Bratton Scholarship and the Leverhulme Scholarship).

Mansoon has been awarded prestigious prizes in the Osaka International competition 2000, Classic competition, Soloist competition and David Martin/Florence concerto Prize at the Royal Academy of Music where she was also a recipient of the Poulett Scholarship and the Bloch Award. In 2008, Mansoon won the First Prize and the Audience Prize in The Cavatina Music Competition and most recently, she has been chosen to receive the Byram Jeejeebhoy Prize as well as the Silver Medal Prize which is awarded to students who have made the most outstanding contribution to the work and to performance activities.

From 2010 Mansoon continues to pursue her research for her PhD degree at Royal Northern College of Music/Manchester University.

Sam Liu

Sam Liu grew up in Vancouver, Canada, where he studied piano with Grace Schmuecker and Dietmar Schmuecker before moving to London to study with Douglas Finch.

He has won various awards, including first prize in the “Il Circolo” competition at the Italian Cultural Centre, and second prize at the Michael E. Corby transcription competition. He has also given recitals throughout the UK and Canada, including a “Chamber at Chappell” recital at Yamaha’s flagship store on Bond Street, and the “Ronald Stevenson at 80” event at St. John’s Smith Square, at which he played a solo recital and a performance of Ronald Stevenson’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in the presence of the composer.

Sam has performed in many masterclasses given by world renowned artists such as Dina Parakhina, William Fong, Angela Hewitt, Leslie Howard, Joseph Banowetz, Anton Kuerti, and Murray McLachlan. He has also collaborated with well known artists including Bettina Jonic and Leslie Howard.

Sam is also an enthusiastic conductor. He has given several performances with an orchestra of his own back in Canada, and recently conducted Mozart’s opera “La Finta Giardiniera” in the production by Michael Corby and Jose Gandia, which was performed at venues such as the Reform Club London and Greenwich Playhouse in 2010.

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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