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Opera At Home Ensemble

Wed Feb 15th 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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(L→R) Andrea Kmecová, Mizuka Yamamoto, John Haworth, Jose Gandia, Gregory Duggan

Andrea Kmecová studied at the National Conservatoire of Music and at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Slovakia. In 2010 she graduated from Trinity College of Music in London, where she has been appointed a staff accompanist. Andrea regularly performs as a soloist as well as chamber musician. She greatly enjoys playing Lieder repertoire and was fortunate to receive coaching from Roger Vignoles, Julius Drake, Eugene Asti, Dame Felicity Lott and Dame Felicity Palmer. Her recent London appearances include St Martin in the Fields, The Royal Overseas League, Pushkin House, and St James’s Piccadilly. Andrea played in some prestigious venues across Europe, including the Munich Residence and the Royal Palace in Madrid where she played for Her Majesty the Queen of Spain. She has appeared on Cypriot National Television and on the BBC2 programme ‘Maestro’ and broadcast on the Slovak National Radio.

Mizuka Yamamoto has performed throughout the U.K. as a violin soloist, specialising particularly in contemporary music. She studied at the Tokyo College of Music in Japan (BMus), the Royal College of Music (PGDip), and is currently studying late twentieth-century solo violin repertoire for a PhD at Goldsmiths College, where she previously gained a MMus. She studies with Irvine Arditti.

‘An impassioned rendering of The Worker’s Song, composed in 1979 for solo violin and played by Mizuka Yamamoto, received the most powerful applause of the day.’
— The Guardian, a review from a Cornelius Cardew’s memorial concert at the Warehouse, London in 2008.

John Haworth started violin lessons aged 5, later attending Christ Church Cathedral School, Oxford, where he was a chorister at Exeter College. In 2002 he began his studies with Steven Wilkie at the Royal Northern College of Music, playing in master-classes with Benedict Holland and Levon Chilingirian and attending summer courses with Yossi Zivoni in Bruges and Oviedo. After the RNCM, he completed a Master’s degree at Trinity College of Music, where he was taught by Diana Cummings. At Trinity he led the String Ensemble, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of the London Jazz Festival, Trinity Symphony Orchestra and Contemporary Music Group. In 2008 and 2009 he studied with Evgeny Grach at the AIMS Academy at Solsona, Catalunya.

Jose Gandia studied a Master in Music Performance at Trinity College of Music, London, with professor Rivka Golani, graduating in 2008. Highlight performances since then include 'Russian Music Festival' (München 2009), St Martin in the Fields (London 2008), Chipping Camden Festival (2008), Madrid Royal Palace, in front of the Queen Sofia (2009), soloist with the Brunelleschi Ensemble at St Paul's Church (Covent Garden 2009 and 2010), York Contemporary Music festival (2010). He is co-founder of Opera at Home, having directed “La Finta Semplice”, “La Finta Giardiniera” and “The Impresario” by Mozart, and “Prima la Musica e poi le parole” by A. Salieri at Reform Club.

Gregory Duggan read music at Goldsmiths College University of London before gaining a scholarship to study at Trinity College of Music with Natalia Pavlutskaya. Active as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player, Gregory's recent performances have included Rachmaninov's Sonata for Cello and Piano in the East Finchley Arts Festival and the UK premier of Prokofiev's Concertino arranged for Five Cellos at the Wigmore Hall's Rostropovich Memorial concert. Other recitals have included performances at St Martin in the Fields and Blackheath Halls as a member of the Orfeas Quartet. Gregory’s work beyond the classical tradition has included collaborations with singer/songwriter Pete Greenwood on his album Sirens, released on Heavenly Records, and the Mercury Music Prize Nominated jazz group Portico Quartet on their album Isla, released on Real World Records. Gregory plays on a cello by John Dilworth on loan from TCM and is generously supported in his studies by TCM and the Lynn Foundation.

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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