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Mari Kobayashi (violin) with Pablo García-Berlanga (piano)

Wed Mar 28th 2012, 12:15–1:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


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Mari Kobayashi

Mari Kobayashi is a Japanese violinist who was born in New York 1988. She started to play the violin at the age of four in a musical family.

At the age of twelve, she met Margaret Norris and took part in the Guildhall School of Music and Drama junior course. She went to Japan at the age of fifteen and studied under Takashi Shimizu. She entered the Tokyo Metropolitan School of Music and Fine Arts in 2003. After graduation she entered the Musashino Music Academicae virtuoso-course, and studied under Grigory Feigin. During the course (2006-2010) she gave several successful public recital formed examinations. She received a scholarship from the Principal. In October 2009, she toured Hungary as a co-leader of Musashino Music Academicae Symphony Orchestra. Also, through an audition, she was selected to perform a concerto with Musashino Music Academicae Symphony Orchestra. She was selected to lead Haydn’s “The Creation” under Mr. Zilhi. As she gained the highest mark in graduation concert, she was selected to perform in front of the Emperor of Japan.

She studied ensemble and duet with enthusiasm, mostly duet with marimba or piano and had regular performances.

She studied ensemble with Chitose Koike, Michiko Takahashi, Masaharu Yamamoto, Masahiro Tanaka and Elena Ashkenazy. She has participated in master classes by Alexei Moschkov, Hamao Fujiwara, Lothar Strauss and Tasmin Little.

Presently she is in her final year MA programme at the Royal Academy of Music studies under Tomotada Soh. She is also strongly interested in chamber music and as a consequence she takes viola lessons from Matthew Souter.

Pablo García-Berlanga

Pablo García-Berlanga was born in Valencia. He took his first steps in his musical career at a young age. He joined several chorus schools from his city as “Pequeños Cantores de Valencia” (Little singers of Valencia).

When he was seven, he started his Piano Studies at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Valencia where he finished the Middle Music grades and achieved the highest marks. He later finished his pianist education with Adolfo Bueso at the Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquin Rodrigo de Valencia, where he graduated in Piano Studies, first class with distinction in Piano and Chamber Music. After this, he studied piano with Aleksandar Madzar at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussels where he finished the Master in Muziek in September 2009 and the Piano Accompaniment Postgraduate in June 2010.

As a soloist, he has performed on several stages in Spain: Valencia, Madrid, Albacete, León. Pablo gave solo recitals at Royal Brussels Conservatory’s Big Hall. He participated in a Grieg Marathon in Ghent (Belgium) and in some concerts in the Cathedrals of La Rioja for the Xacobeo year on June and July 2010. He gave Lied concerts in Valencia, Barcelona and León, in the United Kingdom, and at the Royal Brussels Conservatory in presence of the Princess Mathilde, as well as chamber music concerts in London (Royal Academy of Music, St Bride’s church), Valencia (Palau de la Mùsica), Madrid, Brussels and Granada. He played in Madrid and Valencia with the Zavel Trio during a tour in April 2010. Future projects include solo and chamber music concerts in United Kingdom, Belgium and Spain.

He has played in singing Masterclasses with Denis O’Neill, Lawrence Zazzo, Florian Boesch and Wolfgang Holzmair. He went as repetiteur to the Opera Summer Course for Royal Academy of Music Singers in Cinqueterre (Italy) where he performed several concerts. Pablo works as accompanist and assistant conductor with London Contemporary Voices and The Tower House School Choirs in London.

From September 2010 he studies Master of Arts in piano accompaniment with Malcolm Martineau at the Royal Academy of Music (London) where he obtains highly commended in the Scott Huxley accompaniment prize and highly commended in the Else Cross Brahms Piano Prize.

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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