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Chisato Kusunoki – piano recital

Wed Nov 24th 2010, 1:15 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


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Chisato Kusunoki

Chisato Kusunoki is one of the most talented pianists of her generation. Her performances are highly regarded for their lyrical intensity and subtle virtuosity. She draws inspiration from all the composers she has studied from Bach to the present day. Her performances are informed by an understanding of and affinity with such important composer pianists as Rachmaninoff, Godowsky and Medtner. The Times remarked on her 'wonderfully fleet and supple fingers, quick to locate the music's inner voices, able to dapple and perfume… she'lI be heard from; she's got it.'

Chisato was born in Germany and since 1993, she has lived in London. She entered one of the most academic schools in UK, Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls where she was a music scholar. She read music at University College, Oxford where she graduated with the prestigious Gibbs Prize and a first-class honours in performance. Whilst at Oxford she performed Rachmaninoff's 3rd Piano Concerto to great acclaim. She completed her postgraduate performance diploma with distinction at the Royal Academy of Music, where she received a scholarship. She studied with Nicholas Austin and Hamish Milne and has also worked with Dmitri Bashkirov, Alexander Satz, Rosalyn Tureck, James Gibb, Noriko Ogawa, Oxana Yablonskaya, Andrew Ball and Ronald Stevenson.

Chisato was a prize-winner at the Newport International Competition for Young Pianists, 2003. She has won many awards and scholarships throughout her studies in the UK and has also played in many festivals including the Gyorgy Kurtag Festival. She has played at many important venues including the Purcell Room, London, Holywell Music Room, St John's Smith Square, London, Sheldonian Theatre, St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, Balliol College Music Society, the Mendelssohn Institute in Leipzig and at Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo. She is also an active chamber musician and has performed with the Allegri String Quartet. In 2003 she was invited to take part in a BBC Radio 3 programme featuring music by Chopin. In 2004 the cellist, Alexander Ivashkin invited Chisato to perform in the lntemational Series at the Centre for Russian Music where she gave a lecture recital with Medtner scholar Francis Pott.

Her repertoire is extensive and ranges from the earliest keyboard masters to contemporary composers. She has an abiding love of the classics yet she also enjoys exploring less known works particularly by composers of the late romantic period. She has made a special study of the music of Nikolai Medtner, on whose music she worked closely with Hamish Milne. Chisato is committed to contemporary music and has worked with several leading composers. Her performance of Justln Connolly's 'Sonatina in Five Etudes' was hailed by the composer. She has particular affinity for the music of Ronald Stevenson and has prepared several works under the guidance of the composer. Stevenson has recently dedicated his 'Nine Haiku' to Chisato. The composer David Hackbridge Johnson has dedicated several works to the pianist too.

Chisato made her debut at the South Bank Centre, Purcell Room in January 2007 as a part of the prestigious Park Lane Group series of concerts. Later in 2007 she made her Wigmore Hall debut to great acclaim. She will be recording Ronald Stevenson‘s piano works for Toccata Classics this year.

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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