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Kiyo Takahashi plays Chopin Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor

Wed Jul 6th 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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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

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.

Leslie Townsend

Leslie Townsend is a chamber musician of several years' experience. As the 2nd violin and founding member of the Halcyon String Quartet (John Thompson Award 2009, Inter-Collegiate Competition Audience Prize at Greenwich International String Quartet Festival 2009, Barbirolli Prize 2009, 1st Prize and Audience Prize at CAVATINA Chamber Music Competition 2007), he has performed in concerts and festivals throughout the UK, as well as France and Switzerland.

Leslie is the son of actors so perhaps unsurprisingly, his wider performing career has embraced eclectic and theatrical music, including the London Contemporary orchestra, the London Soundpainting orchestra, 'The Tenors' music theatre production, and also working closely with composers and song writers.

Raisa Zapryanova

Raisa Zapryanova (viola) is a Trinity Scholar and a winner of the Band Kurz viola award for 2010. She started her studies in her home town Plovdiv, Bulgaria where she has been under the tuition of Tatyana Krasteva, Violeta Stoyanova and Nedyalcho Todorov. At the age of 15 she performed as a soloist of Pazardjik State Symphony Orchestra and since than has appeared as a soloist with Plovdiv Symphony Orchestra and Dobrin Petkov Symphony Orchestra. Raisa has been highly acclaimed on several National competitions and has performed in number of International Festivals as Roads of the Romantism (Poland 2007); March Music Days (Bulgaria, 2008); CSU Summer Arts (Italy 2008); Dartington Summer School (UK 2010); Cyprus Youth Orchestra (Cyprus, 2010); Aurora Master classes (Sweden, 2011). She has had the opportunity to have master classes with inspiring artists as Wolfgang Kloss, Paul Yarbrough, Andrew Duckles, Simon Rowlanad Jones, Christian Euler, Thomas Riebl, Mario Hossen, Elisaveta Kazakova, Kevork Mardirosian, Elisaveta Staneva, Bojidar Noev. Raisa has been a member of Plovdiv State Orchestra and currently is performing with the Inspirity Quintet. She is a first performer of several contemporary compositions some of which has been dedicated to her. She is currently a student of Rivka Golani.

Nikolay Ginov

Bulgarian born cellist Nikolay Ginov appears regularly at international concert venues both on historical instruments and modern cello. His recent highlights include PROMS and performances at the Royal Festival Hall with Orchestra of Age of Enlightenment. Nikolay also has given numerous concerts and made recordings both as a soloist and chamber musician in Bulgaria, Germany, France, Austria, Italy, Norway and Canada. He has obtained MMus with Excellency from the Pancho Vladigerov State Academy of Music in Sofia in 2001 and MMus and Fellowship from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2004 as a modern cellist. He received the Peter le Huray Award in 2005 and the Leverhulme Award in 2007, which enabled him to specialise Historical performance at the Royal Academy of Music. Nikolay graduated with distinction and Dip RAM for an outstanding final recital and also was awarded the John McAslan Prize in 2008. He studied modern cello with Assia Biandova, Bogomil Karakonov, and Stefan Popov; baroque and classical cello with Alison McGillvray, Jennifer Ward Clark; viola da gamba with Richard Campbell and Jonathan Manson; bass violin with Joseph Crouch.

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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