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Midori Komachi (violin) with Maya Soltan (piano)

Wed May 2nd 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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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.

Maya Soltan

Maya Soltan was born in Ufa, Russia and enrolled in a music school at the age of five. She continued her education at the Moscow State Conservatory of Tchaikovsky and graduated with Distinction. Maya performed extensively in Moscow and throughout Russia as a soloist as well as with orchestras. She successfully participated in international piano competitions, gaining diplomas in “A teacher and a pupil” competition in Moscow and in the London International Music Competition, the Grand Prizes in an International Piano Competition in Italy and the North London Piano School International Festival. In 2007 Maya has made a debut recital in St.Martin-in-the-Fields, followed by performances in Oxford and Cambridge and participation in “Spectrum” project. Currently Maya is studying Piano Accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music with Michael Dussek.

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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