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Johann Sebastian Bach — Works for solo violin

Wed Feb 2nd 2011, 1:15–2:15 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


This concert is entirely dedicated to the famous Sonatas and Partias for Solo Violin by Johann Sebastian Bach. These Sei Solo a violino senza Basso accompagnato, as Bach titled them, established the technical capability of the violin as a solo instrument. The pieces often served as archetype for solo violin pieces for the following generations of composers and are an essential part of the violin repertoire nowadays. They will be performed by students from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama from the class of Prof. Detlef Hahn.

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Ryoko Harada

Ryoko Harada was born in Tokyo, Japan and started her musical studies with the piano at the age of three and violin at the age of four under the teachings of Kaoru Yamada and Kyoko Suzuki. She was a student of Tomoko Kato (violin) and Nobuo Okada (viola) at Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo.

She has participated in many music festivals and received masterclasses from Thomas Brandis, Aleksandar Pavlovic, Andrew West, Gérard Poulet, Günter Pichiler, Kyoko Takezawa, Nobuko Imai, Kouichiro Harada, Hakuro Mouri, Tokyo String Quartet.

Jessica Niggli

Jessica Niggli, born in 1985 in Zürich, began to play the violin with five and was taught by Therese Starck and Tsipora Comfort. In 1999 she changed to Nicolas Corti at the conservatory of Zürich. A few years later, in 2003 she began her studies at the "Musikhochschule Zürich" with Robert Zimansky. After she completed school with the Matura, she began to study Anglistics at the University of Zürich and at the same time continued her violin studies in Bern with Detlef Hahn, where she finished her masters of pedagogy with distinction in 2008. Meanwhile she is studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and attended several masterclasses (i.e with Jens Lohman, Roy Malan, Monika Urbaniak, Gratchia Arutunjan, Alf Richard Kraggerud, Adelina Oprean, Bartek Niziol and Christine Ragaz) and won several prizes at national and regional music competitions. Furthermore she performed at various recitals in Switzerland and abroad and had the opportunity to play in the Tonhalle Zürich.

Jennifer Murphy

Jennifer Murphy is currently a third year student at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the tuition of Detlef Hahn. From Co.Louth, Ireland, she studied with Patricia Treacy and is a multiple prize winner in both violin and piano in all of the major national music festivals in Ireland. She has been involved in various chamber and orchestral projects, most notably as leader of the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland for performances in Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall and Chicago Symphony Hall. Jennifer is also an accomplished traditional Irish musician and has many awards to her name at both national and international level.

Camille Gouton

Camille Gouton was born in Heilbronn, Germany. She started learning the violin when she was six, and two years later she was accepted in the Junior department of Strasbourg Conservatoire in France. She is now studying with Prof. Detlef Hahn at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Camille has participated in numerous masterclasses including Astona International of Switzerland and Kronberg Academy, and had the opportunity to learn from renowned teachers such as Rachel Podger, Robert Rozek and Alf Richard Kraggerud.

Camille has performed in France, Germany, Switzerland, England and Japan. She participated to festivals such as the Music Festival of Ainay-le-Vieil in France and Hadstock Music Festival. In October she will be performing Mendelssohn's violin concerto in E minor with the Reutinger orchestra in Germany.

Blanca Fernández

Blanca Fernández was born in Madrid in 1991, and started her violin studies at the age of five. She was soon admitted in Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Amaniel where she was taught by Alvaro Puyou. She finished her Grado Medio when she was seventeen with distinction.

She is currently studying in Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London her third year of Bmus Hons under the tuition of Detlef Hahn and baroque violin with Pavlo Beznosiuk. She is supported by the Government of the Comunidad de Madrid.

Blanca has led and worked with orchestras including Orquesta del Conservatorio de Amaniel, Youth Orchestra of the Community of Madrid and Orchestra of the Community of Madrid (ORCAM). She has always been interested in Chamber music; she has performed in Austria, England, Spain, France and has recorded two CDs in Austrian Masterclasses. In 2011 she participated in the Stratford Music Festival in London and was awarded a medal in the Concerto competition.

Blanca has attended several masterclasses from renowned teachers such as Olga Vilkomirskaia, Yossi Zivonni, Valentina Korolkova, David Frühwirth, David Zafer, Yuri Zhislin, Catherine Manson.

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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