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Midori Komachi (violin) with Carson Becke (piano)

Thu May 12th 2011, 12:00–1:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St George’s Bristol, Great George Street, Off Park Street, Bristol BS1 5RR


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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, and since then has played as a soloist with various orchestras. She has performed as a soloist and recitalist around the globe, in major venues including Tonhalle Zurich(Switzerland), Muza Kawasaki(Japan), Philharmony Warsaw (Poland), St.Martin-in-the-fields, Bristol Cathedral (UK), and Gallery Pulitika (Croatia). She has also performed in music festivals in Hungary, Holland and France.

Currently she is studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Maurice Hasson. In 2006 she entered the Royal Academy of Music to study with Tomotada Soh, and in June 2010 she completed her Bachelor of Music Diploma with First Class Honours. Midori has participated in many music festivals and received masterclasses from Josef Rissin, György Pauk, Harada Koichiro, Tasmin Little, Igor Ozim, Thomas Brandis, Stephan Picard, Antje Weithaas, Ulf Schneider and many others.

As a chamber musician, she has performed in prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall, and with her piano trio (Davidoff piano trio)at the Steinway Hall in London, as well as the Schumann Festival 2010 at the Royal Academy of Music. 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, Seary Trust award 2010, and she is also the laureate of competitions such as Dame Ruth Railton Prize, Harold Craxton Prize, and the winner of the Max Pirani Prize.

Carson Becke

Carson Becke was born in Ottawa, Canada, and began studying the piano at the age of five with his great-grandmother, Mary Mackey. In 2005, he moved to London, England to study at the Purcell School of Music, where his teacher was Ilana Davids. Upon graduating from the Purcell School, he entered the Royal Academy of Music (September 2007) where he now studies with Tatiana Sarkissova. Carson is currently in his last year of undergraduate studies at the Academy. Carson has performed chamber and solo recitals in Canada, England, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Trinidad & Tobago, and Latvia. He was the winner of the Sergei Rachmaninov International Piano Competition in Novgorod, Russia (2006), and also the BBC young composer of the year competition (2007). In the coming months, Carson will be performing with Orchestra in Ottawa (Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no. 1 with the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra) as well as performing a number of solo recitals in the UK, Canada and Germany.

Venue: St George’s Bristol


 St George’s Bristol (Photo: rbrwr@Flickr)

St George's Bristol was built in the 1820s and was originally known as the church of St George's Brandon Hill. When the church fell into disuse in the 1970s, it was taken over by a group of local music enthusiasts who turned it into a popular concert venue. The building was extensively refurbished in 1999, and has established itself as one of the country's leading venues for a diverse range of musical genres.

It is situated not far from Bristol Cathedral, a short walk from Park Street. The entrances are on Great George Street (Box Office entrance) and Charlotte Street (disabled access).

Visit the St George’s Bristol website for more information.

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