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Ryoko Harada - violin with Kumi Matsuo - piano

Wed Nov 9th 2011, 1:15–2:00 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 attended the Toho Gakuen Junior Academy and the Toho Music High School for six years before she entered the Toho Gakuen School of Music in 2003, where she studied with Professor Tomoko Kato. She has also participated in masterclasses with Masao Kawasaki, Werner Hink, Daniel Gaede, Paul Roczek, Miwako Watanabe, Sadao Harada and Tokyo String Qurtet 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 a keen chamber musician, held many recitals in England, Spain and Japan. She has performed at the Wigmore Hall, St. James Piccadilly and Bristol Cathedral, as the Moana Trio, Bells String Quartet, London Chamber Players. 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 was a recipient of a scholarship from Rohm Music Foundation in Japan (2007–2010) and the Elizabeth Willmore Scholarship and Belmore Woodgate Scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Professor Tomotada Soh and graduated with DipRAM. She has also learnt at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Professor Detlef Hahn and received Distinction for her Masters degree. Since September 2011, she has been a member of Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra (as a Vorspieler) in Japan.

Kumi Matsuo

Kumi Matsuo was born in 1984 in Tokyo, Japan. She has finished the Artist Diploma course at the Royal College of Music in 2010 and is currently on the Masters course at the same college, studying Piano with John Blakely and Ashley Wass and Harpsichord with Jane Chapman. In 2007, she received a Charles Napper Award and also received a Russell Gander Award in 2009. Since September 2008 she has been generously supported by the Rohm Music Foundation. She was a student of J. Gondo and M. Voskresensky at the Toho Gakuen High School of Music and the Toho Gakuen University of Music in Tokyo. In 2006 she won Second Prize at the 75th Music Competition of Japan and performed Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Norichika Iimori. In 2008 she won Third Prize at the 22nd ‘Cidade de Ferrol’ International Piano Competition in Spain and performed Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.1 with the Galicia Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jordi Bernacer. In December 2008, she performed Ravel’s Piano Concerto for Left hand in Cadogan Hall with the RCM Sinfonietta conducted by Peter Stark, and in November 2009 she performed Schnittke’s Concerto Grosso in the Queen Elizabeth Hall with the RCM Chamber Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski playing both piano and harpsichord.

As well as these London venues, she has performed extensively in the UK and Japan, including the Elgar Room in the Royal Albert Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James’s Piccadilly, Bristol Cathedral, the National Gallery, Handel House Museum,Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Kioi Hall and Tokyo Bunka Kaikan.

Venue: St Dunstan-in-the-West

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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).

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