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Ayaka Tanimoto (mezzo soprano) with Kentaro Nagai (piano)

Wed Jan 11th 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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Ayaka Tanimoto

Born in 1987, Ayaka Tanimoto graduated from the Royal College of Music with a Bachelor of Music (Hons.) in 2009, and took Masters in Vocal Performance programme in 2011, studying with Patricia Rozario OBE. She has won numerous awards in Japan, including first prize at the MIE Music Competition, 3rd prize (1st & 2nd N/A) at the Classical Music Competition, the Okada Cultural Foundation Scholarship, and the Mie International Exchange Foundation Scholarship. Ayaka recently won the first prize at the 3rd International Ernest Bloch Competition in London and was awarded the opportunity to perform with the Hannover International Ensemble. She has performed in various venues throughout London and Japan, including the National Gallery and King’s Place.

Opera roles she has performed include the title role of Carmen, Cherubino in the Marriage of Figaro, Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte, Tisbe in Cenerentola, 3rd boy in the Magic Flute, Bianca in the Rape of Lucretia, and Hansel in Hänsel und Gretel. She is also a keen performer of contemporary music and has sung in the UK premier of an opera, Otohime by Japanese composer, Nobuya Monta, and the solo in the UK premier of Laudate Dominum composed by Ko Matsushita. Her chorus experience includes working with renowned conductors in the RCM BBIOS Opera production of the Bartered Bride and Cosi fan Tutte conducted by Michael Rosewell, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony conducted by Martin André, Britten’s War Requiem conducted by Martin André, Brahms’ Requiem, conducted by Leif Segerstam, and Bruckner’s Te Deum, conducted by Bernard Haitink.

Her future engagements include a lunchtime concert at St. Martin-in-the-Fields and singing 2nd lady and 2nd boy in Mozart’s Magic Flute.

Kentaro Nagai

Kentaro Nagai, born in 1986, is currently studying on the Artist Diploma course with Irene Hanson Scholarship. He recently completed the Masters Programme with Distinction at the Royal College of Music where he was a Scholar funded by the RCM.

His musical training began at the age of four, largely influenced by his mother who is an opera singer and a Lieder singer. He made his concerto debut at the age of eight in Japan. Then at the age of 14, he moved to Canada where he received several music awards and scholarships including the Canmore Mayor’s Award for the Honourable Citizen. He has given numerous performances in Japan, Canada and Europe at such venues as Bulgaria Hall in Sofia, Banff Centre in Canada, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. James Piccadilly, St. Paul's Cathedral, Steinway Hall, Cadogan Hall, and the National Gallery.

He has benefited from several masterclasses given by such pianists as William Fong, Stephen Hough, Leslie Howard, John Lill, Ronan O’Hora and Kathryn Stott. He also appeared as a concerto soloist most recently performing with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra.

As much as he enjoys his solo performances, Kentaro is a very keen chamber musician and voice accompanist.

He has previously studied with Hiroko Hamaka and Suzanne Ruberg-Gordon and currently studies with Gordon Fergus-Thompson and John Blakely.

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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