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Erdesz String Quartet with Daniel Brocano (clarinet)

Wed Nov 3rd 2010, 1:15 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


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Erdesz String Quartet — Tadasuke Iijima (violin), Akiko Ishikawa (violin), Yohei Nakajima (viola) and Wei-Tsen Lin (cello)

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.

Wei-Tsen Lin

Wei-Tsen Lin was born in Taiwan where she started her musical studies at the age of ten. After obtaining a Bachelor of Music from National Sun Yat-Sen University in Taiwan, she went to London to further her studies. In 2009, she obtained a Masters degree in Music (with a distinction for her final recital) from Goldsmiths College, University of London. She is now about to complete her Postgraduate Advanced Diploma course at Trinity College of Music. She is under the tutelage of Natalia Pavlutkaya.

As a student in London, she has actively participated in various musical events. She played in cello ensembles with Professor Ivashkin and many excellent London cello students in Wigmore Hall in memory of Rostropovich Day, performing in an ensemble with Advanced Performance Course students at the PureGold Festival as well as performing regularly at Deptford Town Hall. In 2009, she also played in a masterclass conducted by Professor Levon Chilingirian.

Currently the principal cellist in the String Ensemble at Trinity, Wei-Tsen has a lot of experience playing a diverse range of chamber music and has a wide-ranging repertoire. She is also frequently involved in external recordings for dance film and exhibition background music composed by Billy Cowie.

Clarinet — Daniel Broncano

Daniel Broncano

Daniel Broncano was born in Madrid (Spain) in 1986. He studied at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid with Justo Sanz, as well as at the École Nationale de Musique “Edgar Varèse” de Paris with Nicolas Baldeyrou. Nowadays he is enrolled on the Masters Course with Joan Enric Lluna and Michael Whight at Trinity College of Music.

He has been a member of the Murcia Youth Orchestra, the Madrid Youth Orchestra and the Spanish National Younth Orchestra, and has appeared with Chroma Ensemble, Sound Collective and the Chipping Campden Festival Academy Orchestra. In 2005 he won the Albox Chamber Music Contest in Spain, and in 2010 he won the Trinity Soloists Competition. As a soloist, he has recorded Copland’s Clarinet Concerto for BBC 3, and has performed Weber’s 1st Clarinet Concerto with the Iuventas Orchestra. He is as keen on the clarinet now as he was in his childhood.

Venue: St Dunstan-in-the-West

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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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