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Erdesz String Trio

Wed Nov 17th 2010, 1:15 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


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The Erdesz String Trio was founded in 2008 at Trinity College of Music, London. Although only recently formed, the trio has performed at a variety of concert venues throughout the UK, including St Martin-in-the-Fields. They have also participated 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 première performance of ‘Eyes of Exile’ by Mario Ferraro in London. The trio is also involved in Amazonart — a charitable organizataion that supports educational and social projects mainly in the Amazonian Region of Brazil. The trio hope to continue their success performing in Japan and at 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.

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.

Stjepan Hauser

Still in his early twenties, Croatian cellist Stjepan Hauser has already performed in the biggest venues in Europe, as the soloist with many major orchestras in country and abroad. Outstanding performances in Croatia, Slovenia, The Netherlands, Ireland, Belgium, Austria, Albania, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, South Africa, New Zealand, USA and the United Kingdom, with sensational debuts in Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, St. Martin in the Fields, Kings Place, St John’s, Smith Square and South Bank Centre bear witness of his incomparable artistry.

He has collected during his short career no less than twenty-one first prizes in national and international competitions and he has already built an enviable reputation for himself, so much so that he has been bidden to play for HRH Prince Charles both at Buckingham Palace and St James’s Palace.

He was lucky enough to be one of the very last cellists whom the great Rostropovich heard during his life. As one of the last students of Maestro Rostropovich, Stjepan played in four concerts dedicated to him: a gala concert in Palazzo Vecchio in Florence (Britten Sonata), a brilliant performance of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No 1 with Orchestra Sinfonica del Friuli Venezia Giulia in Teatro Comunale “Giuseppe Verdi” in Italy, a recital in Auditorium al Duomo, Florence in the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival, and a performance of Kol Nidrei with the Metropolitan Sinfonia in a gala concert at St George’s Bristol.

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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