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Midori Komachi (violin) with Riyad Nicolas (piano)

Thu Feb 23rd 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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Midori Komachi

Midori Komachi was born in 1988, in Japan. She began playing the violin at the age of seven, and at the age of 12 was accepted to the Basel Music University in Switzerland to study with Adelina Oprean. She subsequently made her debut with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra conducted by Howard Griffiths, and since then has played as a soloist with various orchestras. She has performed as a soloist and recitalist around the globe, in major venues including Tonhalle Zurich (Switzerland), Muza Kawasaki (Japan), Philharmony Warsaw (Poland), St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. George's Bristol (UK), and Gallery Pulitika (Croatia). She has also performed in music festivals in Hungary, Holland and France.

Currently she is studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Maurice Hasson, undertaking the MMus programme after receiving her BMus with 1st Class Honours in 2010. She has been supported by the Seary Charitable Trust and the William Barry Trust for her studies. Midori has been awarded several prizes including Hattori Foundation Junior Award, and RAM Honorary Patrons Development Award. She is also the laureate of competitions such as Dame Ruth Railton Prize, Harold Craxton Prize, and the Max Pirani Prize.

As an active chamber musician, she is currently a member of an emerging young ensemble, the Toki Quartet. Together with her quartet and piano trio, she has performed in prestigious venues such as Wigmore hall, and Steinway Hall in London. In 2008 she was invited to the Takefu International Music Festival in Japan to perform in a string ensemble with professors Stephan Picard, Nobuko Imai and Stephan Forck.

Riyad Nicolas

Riyad Nicolas was born in Aleppo, Syria in 1989. He studied music at the Arab Institute of Music in Aleppo and Purcell School of music in London. He continued his studies in the Royal Academy of Music in London with Prof. Sulamita Aronovsky and graduated in 2011.

The numerous international prizes he won include Best Piano Student Prize of the Syrian Arab Republic for two consecutive years (1998–1999), 1st Syria National Piano Competition 2004, Educational Award Prize in the London International Piano competition 2005, 2nd Prize in the Seiler International Piano Competition (Greece 2006), 1st Prize in the Francaix International Piano Competition (Paris 2008) and a major prize in Ciutat de Carlet International Piano Competition (Spain 2009).

During his settlement in the UK, Riyad performed at numerous venues such St. John Smith Square, St. Martin-in-the Fields, St. James Piccadilly, Leighton House Museum and many others in UK. He gave several concerto performances with orchestra such as the Chamber Orchestra in Aleppo, the Philharmonic Syrian orchestra, The Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra in London and Emirate Symphony Orchestra in the Gulf.

Riyad Nicolas is one of the most exciting musicians to emerge from the Middle East.

‘…this paragon of pianistic prestidigitation…setting a new gold standard’, ‘…he had given a prodigious recital which rose head and shoulders above everything else we have heard this year’, ‘…every aspect of his performance…melding all together into an indissoluble unity of conception.‘
— Beethoven Piano Society of Europe

A wonderful blend of intelligence and technical mastery with its huge range of colours and rhythms, deftly negotiated by Riyad with great virtuosity.’
— Salisbury Journal

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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