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Anglo-Japanese Society of Wessex

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Alexander Rosenblatt, George Logan (Dr Evadne Hinge), Michael Soumei Coxall, Kazue Yanagida

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Kazue Yanagida

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GODFREY KING (Director) AJSW REPRESENTATIVE IN UK

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Akiko Murakami - piano recital

Fri Dec 2nd 2011, 1:10–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St James's Church Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly London W1J 9LL

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Akiko Murakami

Born in Hiroshima, Japan in 1981, Akiko Murakami began her first musical training at the age of five. At the age of 12, she was accepted to the Juilliard School Pre-College Division where she studied in the class of Herbert Stessin. From an early age she performed in New York at venues such as the Carnegie Weill Recital Hall and New York Steinway Hall.

After graduating from the Toho Gakuen College Music Department with a Bachelor’s degree in 2003, from 2004–2007 she studied in Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest in the class of Balázs Szokolay and Atilla Némethy for further post-graduate studies. From 2008 she undertook an MA degree at the Royal Academy of Music under distinguished pianists and professors Pascal Nemirovski and Hamish Milne. She is a recipient of the Toba Mann Award. In 2009 she gained distinction in her Final Piano Recital, for which she was highly commended for the Lloyds Hartley Prize. She has performed in various venues in Japan, Hungary, and the U.K. In November she led the 4 pianists in the 15th Anniversary Concert of the Anglo-Japanese Society of Wessex which was a showcase of 12 mainly Japanese musicians at the prestigious international concert venue of St George's, Bristol.

Akiko has attended many international music festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival (U.S.A) in 1994–1996, the Kusatsu International Summer Music Academy and Festival (Japan) in 1998, and the International Bartók Seminar and Festival in 2007.

She has worked with many acclaimed musicians in masterclasses including Pascal Devoyon, Lilya Ziberstein, Christopher Elton, Balázs Szokolay, Péter Nagy, Aquiles Delle Vigne and Ferenc Rados.

Akiko has won numerous awards including the Prix Spécial du Meilleur Interprète de Musique Romantique in the Concours International de Piano Son Altesse Royal La Princesse Lalla Meryem in 2006, a Special Mention Prize at the Concours International de Piano de Lagny-sur-Marne and as well as a diploma in the Tokyo Music Competition in 2009.

    Akiko is currently based in London and performs regularly as a soloist and a chamber musician.

Venue: St James's Church Piccadilly

St James Piccadilly (photo: Steve Cadman)

The church interior (photo: Steve Cadman)

St James's is an Anglican church which was designed and built by Sir Christopher Wren in the 17th century. William Blake was baptised here in 1757. The church holds regular concerts of both classical and contemporary music.

The church is situated between Piccadilly and Jermyn Street about 200 yards from Piccadilly Circus. The closest tube stations are Piccadilly Circus and Green Park.

For more information, visit the St James's Church website.

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