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Ayaka Tanimoto (mezzo-soprano) with Kumi Matsuo (piano)

Fri Jul 6th 2012, 1:15–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


  1. Jules Massenet: Va! Laisse couler mes Larmes (from Werther)
  2. Georges Bizet: Les tringles des sistres tintaient (from Carmen)
  3. Saint-Saens: Mon coeur s’ouvre a ta voix (from Samson and Dalila)
  4. Fernando Obradors: El Vito
  5. Edvard Grieg: Ein Traum
  6. Francisco Barbieri: Cancion de Paloma (from El Barberillo de Lavapies)
  7. Franz Lehár: Hör ich Zymbalklänge (from Zigeunerliebe)
  8. Vincenzo Bellini: Se Romeo l’uccise un figlio (from I Capuleti e i Montecchi)

Artist info

Ayaka Tanimoto


Born in 1987, Ayaka Tanimoto graduated from Royal College of Music gaining Bachelor of Music (Hon) in 2009, and Masters in Vocal Performance programme in 2011, studying with Patricia Rozario OBE. She has won numerous awards in Japan including 1st prize at MIE Music Competition, 3rd prize (1st&2nd N/A) at Classical Music Competition, Okada Cultural Foundation Scholarship, and Mie International Exchange Foundation Scholarship. Ayaka has recently won the 1st prize at the 3rd International Ernest Bloch Competition in London and is awarded an opportunity to perform with Hannover International Ensemble. She has performed in numbers of prestigious venues throughout London and Japan such as National Gallery, King's Place, and St. Martin in the Fields.

Her opera roles performed are title role of Carmen, Cherubino in Marriage of Figaro, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Tisbe in Cenerentola, 3rd boy in Magic Flute, Bianca in Rape of Lucretia, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel. She is also keen in performing contemporary music and has sung in a UK premier of an opera, Otohime by Japanese composer, Nobuya Monta, and was selected as a soloist in a UK premier of Laudate Dominum composed by Ko Matsushita. Her chorus experience with renown conductors include RCM BBIOS Opera production of Bartered Bride and Cosi fan Tutte conducted by Michael Rosewell, Beethoven's Symphony 9th and Britten's War Requiem, conducted by Martin André, Brahms' Requiem, conducted by Leif Segerstam, Bruckner's Te Deum, conducted by Bernard Haitink. She recently has sung 2nd boy and covered 2nd lady in Mozart's Magic Flute with Longborough Festival Opera.

Ayaka has been offered an unconditional offer to study in the opera school at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland from September 2012 


Kumi Matsuo

 Kumi Matsuo was born in 1984 in Tokyo, Japan. In 2010, she gained an Artist Diploma from the Royal College of Music where she is continuing on the MMus programme. She is studying piano with John Blakely and Ashley Wass, harpsichord with Jane Chapman and fortepiano with Geoffrey Govier.  She received a Charles Napper Award and a Russell Gander Award. Since 2008, she has been generously supported by the Rohm Music Foundation.

Kumi studied at the Toho Gakuen High School of Music and the Toho Gakuen University of Music in Tokyo. In 2006, she won second prize at the 75th Music Competition of Japan and performed Liszt's Concerto No.1 with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Norichika Iimori. In 2008, she won third prize at the 22nd Cidade de Ferrol International Competition in Spain and performed Liszt's Concerto No.1 with the Galicia Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jordi Bernacer. In 2012, she was awarded first prize and the title of Competition Laureate at the finals of the 6th Isidor Bajic International Piano Competition in Novi Sad, Serbia. She played Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto with the Banatul Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gheorghe Costin.


In 2008, she performed Ravel's Piano Concerto for Left hand at Cadogan Hall with the RCM Sinfonietta conducted by Peter Stark, and in 2009, she performed Schnittke's Concerto Grosso at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with the RCM Chamber Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski playing both piano and harpsichord. In addition to these London venues, she has performed extensively throughout the UK and Japan, including the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James's Piccadilly, Bristol Cathedral, the National Gallery, Handel House Museum,Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Kioi Hall and Tokyo Bunka Kaikan.

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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