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Shio Osaki and Friends

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

A Concert For Japan Appeal

(Proceeds to the Red Cross for Japan)

by Musicians of The Royal Academy of Music.

Shio Osaki and Friends

Atsuko Takao (violin) — Mari Kawamura (piano) — Erika Sato (violin)


Artist info:

Atsuko Takao was born in Kyoto in 1987 and started learning the violin at the age of 4. At the age of 14, she won the Examination Board Prize in the Kansai String Music Competition and in the same year she won the Silver Prize in the Musical Contest for children. In 2002, Atsuko entered the Kyoto Municipal Senior High School of Music. In 2005, she played the Ysaye Violin Solo Sonata no.2 in Kyoto Concert Hall as a representative of the school. After she graduated from Kyoto Municipal Senior High School of Music, She entered the Royal Academy of Music with a scholarship to study with Proffessor Diana Cummings. In the Academy, she formed the Jubilee Quartet which was awarded 2nd prize in the Wolf Wolfinsohn String Quartet prize in 2007 and awarded the Sir John Barbirolli prize in 2008. In 2009, she was selected to take part in a series of master classes in the south of France where she was tutored by Miguel da Silva (Ysaye Quartet) and Hatto Beyerle (former member of the AlbanBerg Quartet). In June 2010, she graduated from the Royal Academy of Music (Bachelor of Music) with first class hours. In 2010, she played the Ysaye Violin Solo Sonata no.4 at the Kyoto Art Festival and was awarded the Mayor of Kyoto Prize.

Shio Osaki was born in 1986 in Japan and started to play the piano at the age of 4. She moved to London when she was 12 years old and began studying with Christopher Elton. She entered Junior Academy in 2000, and she performed Chopin Concerto with Junior Academy Orchestra as a representitive of piano department. She entered Royal Academy of Music with full scholarship and she finished Masters with First Class in 2010. She was awarded First Prize in the Balys Dvarionas International Competition for Young Musicians in 2002 in Lithuania and has won prizes in many festivals in the UK including the Christopher Duke Award in 2005, Second in the 2004 Beethoven Junior Intercollegiate Piano Competition, Second in Hastings Concerto Competition in 2007. Now, she is working on concerts in various places as a solo pianist, piano duo player with BingBing Li, and as an accompanist with many instrumentalists.

Japanese pianist born in Japan in 1985. Mari Kawamura has studied under Vadim Sakharov, with a concentration in modern repertoire such as late Scriabin Sonatas and pieces from contemporary Japanese composers. Since high school, she has been giving concerts for elderly people and disabled children and adults at various institutions. She graduated Aichi Prefectual University of Music and Fine Art in 2009 and she moved to London. Now she is studying with Tatianna Sarkissova at the Royal Academy of Music since 2010. She was awarded a scholarship from Royal Academy of Music.

Erika Sato was born in 1988 in Japan. She started playing violin at the age of 4 with Masako Tada. She entered Royal Academy of Music in 2007 and since then, she has been studying with Richard Deakin. She is currently a member of Tanner Chamber Music Ensemble and Yokohama Chamber Music Group which is formed with Honolulu Symphoney Orchestra. In 2006, she was invited to play for Honor Player Concert at New York Steinway Hall organized by Amatic Music Festival. This concert was on broadcast by NY Radio. In 2009, she played in Elton John Concert with Royal Academy of Music Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall. She specializes in Baroque Music and she studies Baroque Violin as a second instrument.

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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