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Elizabeth McGrath (violin) with Aisa Ijiri (piano)

Wed Jun 22nd 2011, 12:15–1:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


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Aisa Ijiri

Aisa Ijiri is one of the finest Japanese pianists of her generation, and has been described as: "An exceptionally creative artist, blessed with a vivid performance temperament...Aisa Ijiri possesses innate musicianship which is harnessed to a virtuoso technique." Having performed with renowned orchestras at major venues around the world, Aisa was invited to become a Steinway Artist.

Aisa was born in Kyoto, Japan. At the age of 7, she made her public début at the Kyoto Alti Hall. At the age of 15, she was a concerto soloist with the Capella Cracoviensis Symphony Orchestra at the Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw and was a recitalist at the Concert House in Stockholm. Since then her performances have taken her to France, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Sweden, Norway, Holland, the U.K, the U.S.A, Korea and throughout Japan.

Aisa has given regular piano solo, piano duo and chamber music recitals in many important venues including the Tokyo Opera City, Izumi Hall, Biwako Hall, Purcell Room, Steinway Hall, LSO St. Luke's, Sadler's Wells Theatre, Fairfield Hall, Chopin Manor and at many international festivals including The International Holland Music Session, Bath Recital Artist Trust, Leeds International Concert Season, Beethoven Society of Europe, Whitstable Concert Society, Piano Forum/ Hochschule der Kunste Berlin, Piano Conference/Liszt Academy Budapest, International Chopin Festival/ Duszniki Zdroj. Her concerts have been broadcast on BBC1, PBS television-Malta and FM e-radio in Japan. She has given sensational concerts with the Osaka Century Symphony Orchestra with whom she performed Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No.2 in 2007, Chopin's Concerto No.1 in 2008, and Grieg's Concerto in 2009. Aisa has been invited to perform Mozart Piano Concerto No.21 K.467 with the Cranbrook Symphony Orchestra, also to give a recital for the "Pianists of the World Series" at St.Martin-in-the Fields in 2011.

Aisa was awarded a Bachelor's Degree at the Royal College of Music, Stockholm (2004), a Master's Degree at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (2005) and an Artist Diploma at the Royal College of Music, London (2007). Her principal teachers have been Anders Kilstrom, Stefan Bojsten, Paul Roberts, Andrew Ball and Gordon Fergus-Thompson.

Aisa has won many competitions and prizes in Japan, 1st prize at the Marlow Music Festival Recital Competition 2005 (highest overall award), Gold Medal at the Marlow International Concerto Competition 2006. She was given a special award for promotion of the arts by the mayor of Shiga, Japan in 2009. Aisa was the winner of the N.A.T/SAKIRA Record competition 2010 and released her début CD produced by N.A.T Records in 2011 featuring the music of Schumann and Liszt.

Elizabeth McGrath

Elizabeth McGrath graduated from the Royal College of Music with first class honours, and also gained a B.A. (hons) in Music & Business Studies from Brunel University, where she was awarded the Sheridan Music Prize for the best musician graduate. Elizabeth started playing piano and violin at the age of 4, eventually progressing to receive a bursary from the Junior Academy of Music and a government-aided scholarship from the Purcell Music School. She played with the National Childrens Orchestra for five years. Since then she has participated in many festivals, masterclasses and courses in Europe and America as well as the UK including playing as a soloist for UNICEF and in many orchestras including the Royal College Opera, RCM Symphony Orchestra, Royal College Sinfonietta, the LP Youth Orchestra, Bowden Festival, Orchestra USA and the Brunel University Orchestra as leader. Elizabeth is currently studying for her masters at the Royal College of Music under the guidance of our hon. patron Professor Tomotada Soh.

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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