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The Vacarescu - Tsunakawa Duo

Mon Jan 23rd 2012, 1:10–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St James's Church Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly London W1J 9LL


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Exhilarating performance
— Evening Post (Bristol)

The Vacarescu – Tsunakawa Duo was formed at the beginning of 2010, while the two musicians were studying at the Royal College of Music in London. The duo has already had many successes and built a solid reputation internationally. In the UK, they made appearances at major venues, reaching as far as Wales and Scotland. They also toured Japan and Romania, and their performance at the Great Hall of the Bucharest Athenaeum was received to standing ovations.

Chiho Tsunakawa

A remarkable young pianist, Chiho Tsunakawa was born in Japan and began learning piano at the age of 3. When Chiho was only 12, she came to London to study piano as a pupil of Noretta Conci-Leech, a greatest pupil of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. Chiho then became a student of Tessa Nicholson at the junior department of the Royal Academy of Music, where she also took violin lessons. She attended the Arts Educational School, London, before she joined the Purcell School of Music where she represented the Piano department and gave many performances including a performance for the Prince Charles. Chiho then received a scholarship to study at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music under Tessa Nicholson and Rustem Hayroudinoff, gaining both undergraduate and postgraduate degree. Later, Chiho has gained her Master's degree at the Royal College of Music, under the guidance of Gordon Fergus-Thompson.

Chiho has given solo performances on NHK Radio in Japan and her Schubert’s Trout Quintet performance at the Wigmore Hall was also broadcasted on radio in London. Chiho has been a prizewinner over 25 times in competitions.

Horia Vacarescu

Combining a high mastery of the instrument that evokes a past era with an intense and emotional approach, Horia Vacarescu’s performances are a delight and always received with enthusiasm by his audience. Critics called him “a great talent” and his performance was described as “exhilarating”.

Born in Romania in a musical family, Horia started playing the violin at the age of three. Three years later he made his first public appearance and at 15 he performed for the first time in the company of a symphony orchestra. He studied both at the National Music University in Bucharest and Royal College of Music in London.

Presently, Horia is enjoying an international career as a soloist and a chamber musician. Concert engagements took him on three continents, from Europe to the USA and the Far East. He performed at various music festivals in Great Britain, France, Switzerland and Romania.

Although now based in London, Horia returns regularly to perform in his native Romania, where he collaborated with some of the most prestigious orchestras, including the Radio and the National Philharmonic Orchestras of Bucharest.

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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