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Chiho Tsunakawa (piano)

Fri Jul 22nd 2011, 12:10–1:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St James's Church Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly London W1J 9LL


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Chiho Tsunakawa

A remarkable young pianist, Chiho Tsunakawa was born in Japan and began learning piano at the age of 3. At just 12 years of age, she migrated to London to study piano as a pupil of Noretta Conci-Leech (a protégé of the legendary Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli) at the recommendation of pianist Max Yoshimura. Chiho then studied under Tessa Nicholson at the junior department of the Royal Academy of Music, where she also took violin lessons with Carol Slater. She attended the Arts Educational School, London, before joining the Purcell School of Music in September 2000, where she gave many recitals including a performance of Saint-Saen’s 2nd Piano Concerto at the school’s 2001 Concerto Final. In 2002, Chiho was awarded a scholarship to study at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music under Tessa Nicholson and Rustem Hayroudinoff, gaining both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Chiho is currently in her final year of a Master's degree at the Royal College of Music, where she is studying with Gordon Fergus-Thompson.

Chiho has given solo performances on NHK Radio in Japan (twice), and her Schubert’s Trout Quintet performance at the Wigmore Hall was broadcast on radio in London. Chiho has been a prizewinner over 25 times in competitions, including the first prize in the 2000 Christopher Duke Memorial award and Marlow International Concerto Competition. In February 2004, Chiho was offered to give a solo recital at the Leighton House for the Nightingale Project.

Chiho has frequently performed — both as a soloist and as a chamber musician — at many London venues including St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Johns Smith Square, Regent Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House, and the Royal Festival Hall. She is currently joined by violinist Horia Vacarescu as a duo. After a successful start in the UK, they are now preparing for a series of recitals in Japan and Hong Kong.

Venue: St James's Church Piccadilly

St James Piccadilly (photo: Steve Cadman)

The church interior (photo: Steve Cadman)

St James's is an Anglican church which was designed and built by Sir Christopher Wren in the 17th century. William Blake was baptised here in 1757. The church holds regular concerts of both classical and contemporary music.

The church is situated between Piccadilly and Jermyn Street about 200 yards from Piccadilly Circus. The closest tube stations are Piccadilly Circus and Green Park.

For more information, visit the St James's Church website.


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