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Midori Komachi (violin) with Olivia Geiser (piano)

Wed Sep 28th 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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Midori Komachi

Midori Komachi was born in 1988 in Japan. She began playing the violin at the age of seven, and at the age of 12 was accepted to the Basel Music University in Switzerland to study with Adelina Oprean. She subsequently made her debut with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra conducted by Howard Griffiths, and since then has played as a soloist with various orchestras. She has performed as a soloist and recitalist around the globe, in major venues including Tonhalle Zürich (Switzerland), Muza Kawasaki (Japan), Philharmony Warsaw (Poland), St.Martin-in-the-Fields, St. George’s Bristol (UK), and Gallery Pulitika (Croatia). Midori is a prize-winner of numerous awards including Hattori Foundation Junior Award, Seary Trust Award, and Friends of RAM/Honorary Patrons Development Award. She is also the laureate of competitions such as the Dame Ruth Railton Prize, Harold Craxton Prize, and Max Pirani Prize. Currently she is studying at the Royal Academy of Music with Maurice Hasson. She is a member of an emerging young ensemble, the Toki Quartet. In 2006 she entered the Royal Academy of Music to study with Tomotada Soh, and in June 2010 she completed her Bachelor of Music Diploma with First Class Honours. As a chamber musician, she has performed in prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall and Steinway Hall in London. In 2008 she was invited to the Takefu International Music Festival in Japan to perform in a string ensemble with renowned artists Stephan Picard, Nobuko Imai and Stephan Forck.

Olivia Geiser

Swiss pianist Olivia Geiser received her first piano lessons at the age of five. In 2005 she began her studies with Prof. Hans-Jürg Strub at the Zürich University of Arts where she graduated in 2010. She is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Prof. Ian Fountain.

Olivia won different prizes in regional and national music competitions in Switzerland. She has participated in various masterclasses and lessons with Alexander Rudin, Hans-Jürg Strub, Homero Francesh, Pascal Devoyon and Ian Fountain. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed in different countries such as Switzerland, Germany, Italy, UK and in South America. In 2008 and 2010 she had a concert tour in Peru with her Piano Trio.Olivia loves playing chamber music. In 2005 she founded a duo with the cellist Cécile Grüebler. She has received scholarships from “Faustino” foundation and “Fritz Gerber” foundation for talented young people.

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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