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Yuka Ishizuka (violin) with Karim Said (piano)

Wed Aug 3rd 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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Yuka Ishizuka

Japanese violinist Yuka Ishizuka was born in 1988 and studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where she not only received a Bachelor of Music degree with first class honours, but was also awarded the Lady Theodore Holland Prize, achieved the highest violin exam mark ever in the Academy, and was awarded the Roth Violin Prize as a student of internationally renowned musician, Maurice Hasson. Yuka has also appeared as soloist with the Junior Academy Chamber Orchestra and Academy Strings Orchestra at the Royal Academy of Music, with whom she premiered the Mozart Concerto for Violin and Piano by Dr Timothy Jones in 2010.

Among numerous other awards, Yuka also won first prize at the International Young Musicians Competition in Italy, the Beethoven Chamber Music Competition in London and the Philharmonia Orchestra Martyn Musical Scholarship, and has been selected as a Concordia Foundation Artist. An active recitalist and chamber musician, Yuka has appeared at festivals in Austria, France, Switzerland, the United States, England and Japan, and has performed at Suntory Hall Tokyo, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James’ Piccadilly, Steinway Hall London, King’s Place and the Drapers Hall. She is now in her first year of a Master of Arts at the Royal Academy of Music, where she is studying with Professor Tomotada Soh. Yuka plays a Joseph Gagliano violin, kindly loaned by the Academy.

Karim Said

Born in Amman in 1988, Karim Said started playing the piano at the age of five, studying with Agnes Bashir. At eight, he gave his first solo recital, and two years later, he played Mozart’s Concerto in C major K467 with orchestra in Jordan.

In September 2000, he enrolled at London’s Purcell School of Music. After completing his school years, he was awarded a full scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Karim has been studying with the renowned Russian pianist Tatiana Sarkissova since 2005.

As soloist and chamber musician, he has appeared in public at least one hundred times since the age of sixteen, in over twenty countries across Europe, the Middle and Far East. 2009 saw his debuts in London’s Barbican Centre, London’s Royal Albert Hall (PROMS), the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Seoul’s Jangcheon Art Hall, Milan’s Teatro Alla Scala and Essen’s Philharmonic Hall. In addition to his collaboration as soloist with the West Eastern Divan Orchestra and Daniel Barenboim, he has also performed with the English Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Sir Colin Davis.

Most recently, he gave his Berlin Philharmonic Hall and Vienna Musikverein debuts, both playing Berg’s Chamber Concerto conducted by Daniel Barenboim, soon after receiving a full scholarship to continue studying at the Royal Academy as a Masters student in September 2011. Karim Said is the recipient of over fifteen prizes, awards and scholarships.

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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