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“Haru Hana” (Haru & Hana Ushigusa) with Kayoko Sugimura (piano)

Wed Jan 4th 2012, 1:15–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


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Haru Hana: Haru Ushigusa (1st violin; right) and Hana Ushigusa (2nd violin & viola; left)

Haru and Hana Ushigusa have being performing violin duets together since they were 11 and 13 years old. Both sisters graduated at the Toho Gakuen Music High School in Tokyo and studied with Jyunko Isono and Tomoko Hirabayashi. While at the school they had chamber coaching from the Tokyo Quartet and Haru (1st violin) and Hana (viola) both played in the Tokyo Fusion Quintet.

After graduating from the Toho Gakuen Music College in 2005, Hana visited San Francisco for a year and studied violin with Alexander Barantschik. After she came back to Japan she won a prize for Young Musician in Ibaraki and performed Mozart’s Violin Concert no.4 with the Ibaraki Symphony Orchestra.

Haru is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music with Prof. Tomotada Soh. In 2004 she won 2nd prize at the Mainichi Music Concourse and performed at the Kioi Hall. She has also won prizes at the Royal Academy of Music incluing the Waterhouse Prize, Michaela Comberti Prize, Winifred Small Solo Violin Prize and the Foundation Award.

Haru has been supported by Rohm Music Foundation since 2008.

Kayoko Sugimura

Kayoko Sugimura was born in Yamaguchi, Japan and began learning the piano at the age of 3. She graduated from Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo where she specialized in ensemble piano performance from the third year. Here she played with many instrumentalists and singers, finding a particular affinity with the string repertoire. Performance highlights included playing the piano part in Hindemith’s viola sonata op.11–4 in her final exam of the ensemble course, for which she gained the highest marks. Kayoko has also played in larger ensembles, including quintets, quartets and trios. She won first prize at the TYS Yamaguchi Piano competition in January 2010, and got a special prize at the same time. She also had the chance to join a master class and give a solo concert.

Kayoko was recently awarded first prize in the Royal Academy of Music’s “Wilfrid Parry Prize” for the best performance of a Brahms Duo Sonata in 2010. She performed a lunchtime concert in Windsor Parish Church and St. George’s Parish Church in Beckenham with a flautist and violinist. She also performed in a charity concert to raise money for the Red Cross for Japanese earthquake victims.

Kayoko is currently specializing in piano accompaniment as a first-year MA student at the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Michael Dussek.

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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