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Ayako Yamazaki (violin) with Kiyo Takahashi (piano)

Tue May 3rd 2011, 12:15–1:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TJ


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Ayako Yamazaki

Ayako Yamazaki started musical life at the age of three with the piano and singing lessons and started playing the violin a year later. Having studied with Masumi Ueda, Masayuki Miyakawa and Kazuki Sawa in Japan, she moved to London, where she studied with Jean Harvey and Richard Deakin at the Royal Academy of Music. She is currently working with a legendary master Bela Katona. Her study through a Bachelor of Music and Postgraduate Diploma in Performance was supported by the Belmore Woodgate Scholarship. While at the Academy, she won the Alfred J. Waley Prize.

Ayako has benefitted from masterclasses with a number of great violinists, such as Sylvia Rosenberg, Norbert Brainin, Lewis Kaplan and Thomas Brandis, as well as Bowdoin Music Festival in Maine, U.S.A.

As a soloist and chamber musician, she performs through the U.K., as well as in Italy and Japan. Venues include St. James’s Church Piccadilly (London) and Ongaku-no-tomo Hall (Tokyo). Her orchestral experiences include leader of the Royal Academy’s Modern Instrument Baroque Orchestra, co-leader of the London Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and London Chamber Players, and performances in Philharmonia Orchestra, New London Sinfonia and Arion Orchestra. The experiences of playing with conductors such as Sir Colin Davis and Vladimir Ashkenazi have given her so much inspiration. In 2005, she toured to Algeria to work as a co-leader at the National Orchestra of Algeria. Having much interest also in Baroque music, she leads a consort for the choral works and operas of that period.

Kiyo Takahashi

Winner of the “Steinway Prize in the Dudley International Piano Competition” in 2003, Kiyo Takahashi was born in Hong Kong, and started studying piano at the age of 5. After moving to Tokyo, still a child, she began to study with Junko Ikeya and won soon after a prize at the “Machida City Children's Competition”. She gained a Bachelor of Music degree from the Tokyo College of Music, and was selected to perform at the Young Artist Concert series in Yokohama. She also studied jazz piano with Bruce Stark, the well known composer and pianist, having, in the meantime, joint recitals with percussionists in Cape Town, South Africa, where she returned two years later, to perform in a concert series with the percussionist Magda de Vries.

In 2001 she moved to London, where she completed a Mmus degree at the Royal Academy of Music, complementing her studies of harpsichord and fortepiano. Although her interpretations and performances of contemporary pieces have received much acclaim, she has been very interested in the works of J.S. Bach since a young age: her deep interest toward baroque music has allowed her to develop a remarkable repertoire, focused also, in accordance with her passion, on interpretations of pieces written for harpsichord and fortepiano. In 2002, she won the “Sterndale Bennett Prize” performing pieces by J.S. Bach, participating also at “The Bach Festival in Stuttgart” in August 2003. In summer 2005, she received a diploma from “Academia Musicale Chigiana” in Siena, Italy where she had the opportunity to work with Joaquin Achucarro. During her staying in London, she has been followed by Noretta Conci-Leech.

At the present moment she is based in Italy, where she leads an eclectic artistic life, performing both solo recitals and chamber music as well as accompaniment for singers. Remarkable the recent meeting with Mika Kunii, with whom she regularly performs in a duo, blending together a wide repertoire that spans from baroque to the romantic period.

With the “Francesco Petrarca” orchestra of Venice, she performed in March and June 2008 Mozart piano Concerto KV449 n. 14. In June, she also performed in the Vatican at St Peter's Basilica.

Recently she recorded pieces of Satie and Ravel for the short film "Desire" of the Japanese director Rica Shinobu.

"It was evident that she was enjoying the music greatly."
— Eric Parkin (at the Sterndale Bennett Prize Competition)

"Her playing is full of passion and vitality"
— Robert Levin (International J.S. Bach Competition)

"Your musical playing has given me deep pleasure."
— Trevor Pinnock

Venue: Bristol Cathedral

Bristol Cathedral (photo: Adrian Pingstone)

Bristol Cathedral is situated in the middle of the city at the bottom of Park Street. It was founded in 1140, but was built gradually over a period of 700 years. The Cathedral hosts numerous events and concerts throughout the year. Many of these are open to the public, and some are free, including the regular lunchtime concerts on Tuesdays.

Visit the Bristol Cathedral website.


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