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Megumi Nagae - violin recital with Belinda Jones (piano)

Tue Aug 23rd 2011, 5:15–6:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


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Megumi Nagae

A native of Japan, Megumi Nagae became a scholar generously supported by a Sir Peter and Lady Walters Award at the Royal College of Music. She obtained the first class BMus degree and is currently studying Masters degree with Prof. Itzhak Rashkovsky.

Megumi has performed in venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Cadogan Hall, St Martin in the Fields and Buckingham Palace in the presence of HRH Prince of Wales. She has also performed in several countries including Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Japan. As a soloist she has given concerto performances with various orchestras in Poland and Germany. Her love for chamber music led her to take part in concerts in Wigmore Hall, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Hyde Park Chapel concert series and Simon Bainbridge’s 50th Birthday Concert at St. John’s Smith Square.

Megumi is a prize winner in the North London Festival, the Marlow Music Festival and the Ealing Music Festival. She participated in the Goslar-Harz International Music Festival in Germany in 2006. She was the finalist in Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year 2007 which led her to perform in Pitteville pump room in Cheltenham. Megumi was a winner of the Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Musical scholarship fund between 2007 and 2009. In 2011, she won concerto competitions in Springboard Festival and Croydon Music Festival string section. She performs regularly at Royal Marsden Hospital and also gives charity concerts in London for people in Turkana, Kenya.

Her performances this year include solo violin playing in the Houses of Parliament and the Royal Hospital Chelsea in March. She took part in charity concerts for Japan in St. John’s Smith Square in April and also in Brighton in May. In June, she has performed in St Martin in the Field. Her future engagements include concert in Alisto Hall, Tokyo in November and performance with Brighton Youth Orchestra in 2012.

Megumi is very grateful to have the use of a beautiful Italian violin, Carlo Antonio Testore 1740 kindly lent by Mrs Yoshida since 2008.

Belinda Jones

Born in London, Belinda Jones began playing the piano at the age of 5 and went on, a couple of years later, to study at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester with various eminent professors including Ryzard Bakst, Ronan O Hora and Murray McClachlan. Whilst at Chetham’s, she performed across the UK and abroad in both recitals and concerto performances, with appearances at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Fairfield Halls, and the Purcell Room. These concerts were the results of various prizes including the Thomas Beecham award for performance and the Jacqueline du Pres prize which she won for her rendition of Chopin’s second piano concerto at the Bridgewater Hall.

After obtaining a first class degree in English and Music with special Dean’s Commendation at the University of Exeter, Belinda went onto the Royal Academy of Music to study piano at postgraduate level, supported by the Lawrence Atwell trust and the Musician’s Benevolent fund. Here, she gained particular interest in accompaniment and chamber music and won the English Song Accompanist, Brahms Duo and Scott Huxley prizes which has complemented appearances at the Wigmore Hall and St James, Piccadilly and the Oxford Lieder Festival. She is currently studying at the Royal College of Music with Simon Lepper and Roger Vignoles for which she has won full scholarship and is generously supported by the Claud and Margaret Craddy Award and an AHRC award. Alongside prizes in the College’s Lies Askonas and Schumann competitions she has also recently won the MBF Accompanist prize at the Maggie Teyte competition and has been selected as an RCM Rising Star for 2011.

Ryosuke Karaki - Composer

Japanese composer Ryosuke Karaki was born in Tokyo. He began playing piano and violin at a young age and also composing, at which he was self-taught. He received his first public recognition as a composer when he was 12 years old. He has received First Prize and the ZEN-ON Music Company Award in the Shin Nami no Kai competition in 2005, runners up in the Tokyo International Competition for Chamber Music Composition in 2008 and runners up in the Tokyo International Competition for Art Song Composition 2010. Also he received the Second Prize in International Composing Competition '2 Agosto' 2010 with his piano concerto ' The bird that aspires to the moon' and this piece was played in Bologna, Italy and broadcast on Rai Radio.

Before coming to London, he graduated from the Tokyo College of Music and its research course where he studied composition with Reiko Arima and Minoru Miki. He studied on the Masters Programme in Composition at the Royal College of Music, London where he learnt composition with Joseph Horovitz and Dr. Jonathan Cole and piano with Kathron Sturrock and Nigel Clayton. He received a Gladys Hay Award and graduated from the RCM in 2009.

During his school days in London, his works were performed at various venues including at the Red Violin Festival in Cardiff in 2007 (a work for violin duo performed by Alina Ibragimova and Cerys Ann Jones, coached by Madeleine Mitchell), at the National Portrait Gallery, and at the National Gallery in March 2008 where he introduced his piano solo piece 'What I saw in the water...'. This piece was also performed by Nigel Clayton and Kathron Sturrock at various venues in the UK as well as Australia. He has a particular interest in theatre music, especially ballet and this led to him to receiving a commission to compose for the Royal Ballet Draft Works 2008 at the Royal Opera House (Clore Studio) which composition he conducted himself. Another public performance was a concert at the National Gallery in October 2008 where all the works performed were his own compositions.

After graduation in 2009, his music was played in a concert which was a part of JAPAN-UK 150 events held by the Embassy of Japan in the UK and Ryosuke received a commission from Kathron Sturrock for Fibonacci Sequence and gave the world premiere in Cumbria (UK) as a part of Fibonacci Festival 2010. His recent piece is going to be performed in National Theatre in Tokyo 2012.

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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