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Ryoko Harada - violin recital with Maiko Mori (piano)

Tue Aug 30th 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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Ryoko Harada

Ryoko Harada was born in Tokyo and started her musical studies with the piano at the age of three and violin at the age of four under the teachings of Kaoru Yamada and Kyoko Suzuki. She entered the Toho Gakuen School of Music in 2003, where she studied with Professor Tomoko Kato. She has also had master classes with Masao Kawasaki, Werner Hink, Daniel Gaede, Sadao Harada and Tokyo String Quartet at summer festivals worldwide.

Ryoko has been awarded with many prizes such as the gold prize of the International Music and Art Festival in Asia in 2005 and the first prize of the AJAA Music Society Violin Competition in 2007. She is also a keen chamber and an orchestra musician, having performed in England, Spain, China and Japan. She is a member of the renowned Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-Juku Orchestra and the Saito Kinen Chamber Music Study Group for Young People since 2006.

Ryoko is a recipient of a scholarship from Rohm Music Foundation in Japan since 2008, the Elizabeth Willmore and Belmore Woodgate Scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Professor Tomotada Soh and had graduated the Postgraduate Diploma in Performance, been awarded with DipRAM, in 2009 and currently she is in Guildhall Artist Masters – Performance (orchestra training course) and learning with Professor Detlef Hahn at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Maiko Mori

Maiko Mori is a Japanese pianist who first came to prominence after her first prize at the 23rd Robert William and Florence Amy Brant International Piano Competition in 2002. Her playing was described by one of the judges, Yonty Solomon, as “extremely musical, yet balanced with a mature understanding of musical structures”.

Born in Okayama, Japan in 1981, Maiko began her piano and composition studies at the age of five at the Yamaha School. Under the tutelage of Chikako Shibata, Maiko gained much recognition. She gave her first public recital at the age of 6, performing her own compositions. She continued to perform her compositions in major concerts throughout Japan until the age of 13, when she decided to concentrate on piano performance, a decision that was soon vindicated with successes at numerous competitions throughout Japan, including the National Classical Music Competition of Japan. Subsequently she was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music where she continued to flourish and garnered further prizes such as the Hopkinson Gold Medal.

Maiko made her concerto debut in UK with the RCM Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vasily Petrenko and went on to début internationally with the Bombay Chamber Orchestra in Mumbai, India.

Recently she has enjoyed acclaim at prestigious venues such as the Purcell Room at London’s South Bank Centre, the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Steinway Hall, St Lawrence Jewry, St James’s Piccadilly and St Martin-in-the-Fields.

Her teachers have included Dmitri Alexeev, Andrew Ball, Benjamin Kaplan as well as Timothy Salter for composition.

Maiko has also pursued an interest in chamber music as a member of the Aquilon ensemble and more recently, in a partnership with violinist Eulalie Charland. This latter partnership has resulted in broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and Radio France broadcast. Although Maiko has a repertoire that encompasses the whole history of piano music, she particularly enjoys playing early 20th century British music.


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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