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Midori Komachi (Violin) with Kumi Matsuo (Piano)

Wed Feb 16th 2011, 1:15–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


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Midori Komachi

Midori Komachi was born in 1988, in Japan. She began playing the violin at the age of seven, and at the age of 12 was accepted to the Basel Music University in Switzerland to study with Adelina Oprean. She subsequently made her debut with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra conducted by Howard Griffiths, performing Mozart violin concerto No.2, and since then has played as a soloist with various orchestras. She has given recitals in many countries including Switzerland, Japan and England. In England she has performed in venues such as St. Martin-in-the-fields, St. Martin-within-Ludgate and St. Dunstan-in-the-West. Currently she is studying at the Royal Academy of Music with Tomotada Soh.

Midori has participated in many music festivals and received masterclasses from Thomas Brandis, Antje Weithaas, Ulf Schneider, Zvi Zeitlin, Charles Castleman, Eduard Schmieder, Stephan Picard and Alexander Pavlovic.

As a chamber musician she has performed at the Wigmore hall, leading her string quartet in a masterclass given by the Belcea quartet. In 2008 she was invited to the Takefu International Music Festival in Japan to perform in a string ensemble with professors Stephan Picard, Nobuko Imai and Stephan Forck. Midori has been awarded several prizes including Hattori Foundation Junior Award 2007/08, and she is also the laureate of competitions such as Dame Ruth Railton Prize 2006 and Harold Craxton Prize 2009. Most recently she has won the Max Pirani Prize 2009.

Kumi Matsuo

Kumi Matsuo was born in 1984 in Tokyo, Japan. She has finished the Artist Diploma course at the Royal College of Music in 2010 and is currently on the Masters course at the same college, studying Piano with John Blakely and Ashley Wass and Harpsichord with Jane Chapman. In 2007, she received a Charles Napper Award and also received a Russell Gander Award in 2009. Since September 2008 she has been generously supported by the Rohm Music Foundation. She was a student of J. Gondo and M. Voskresensky at the Toho Gakuen High School of Music and the Toho Gakuen University of Music in Tokyo. In 2006 she won Second Prize at the 75th Music Competition of Japan and performed Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Norichika Iimori. In 2008 she won Third Prize at the 22nd ‘Cidade de Ferrol’ International Piano Competition in Spain and performed Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the Galicia Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jordi Bernacer. In December 2008, she performed Ravel’s Piano Concerto for Left hand in Cadogan Hall with the RCM Sinfonietta conducted by Peter Stark, and in November 2009 she performed Schnittke’s Concerto Grosso in the Queen Elizabeth Hall with the RCM Chamber Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski playing both piano and harpsichord.

As well as these London venues, she has performed extensively in the UK and Japan, including the Elgar Room in the Royal Albert Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James’s Piccadilly, Bristol Cathedral, the National Gallery, Handel House Museum,Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Kioi Hall and Tokyo Bunka Kaikan.

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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