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Samantha Pearce - flute with Kayoko Sugimura - piano

Fri Sep 21st 2012, 1:00–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Paul’s, Covent Garden ('The Actor's Church'), Bedford Street London, WC2E 9ED


1) Marin Maris: Variations from Les Folies d' Espagne
2) Benjamin: Godard Suite de Trois Morceaux
3) Gary Schocker: Airborne
4) Shostakovich: Romance from 'The Gadfly'
5) Jules Mouquet: LA FLUTE DE PAN
6) Camille Saint- Saens: Airs de Ballet d' Ascanio

Artist info:-

Samantha Pearce

Samantha Pearce was born in Kent and began learning the flute at the age of 8. At 13 she won a scholarship to study under David Nicholson in Aberdeen, and became a member of the National Youth Orchestras of Great Britain and Scotland, performing in St Paul’s Cathedral and in the BBC Proms with conductors including Neville Marriner and Richard Hickox.

In 2007 Samantha won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, from which she graduated in 2011 with 1st Class Honors and the Chris Taylor Flute prize, studying with Karen Jones, William Bennett, Pat Morris, and baroque flute under Lisa Beznosiuk.

Samantha has been principal flute with many of the Academy’s orchestras, performing under Sir Simon Rattle, Leif Segerstam and Yan Pascal Tortelier. Other performances include playing with the London Sinfonietta under George Benjamin, and a recording workshop with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Samantha won first prize in the Academy’s ‘All Flutes Plus Flute Prize’ 2010 and won the chance to perform Ibert’s flute Concerto with RAM Concert Orchestra in May 2011. Samantha performs in a flute and guitar duo for the charity Live Music Now, and has recently played period flute with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment within the Ann and Peter Law Orchestral Experience.

Samantha was awarded the June Allison Wood Wind Award by the Philharmonia Orchestra/ Martin Musical Scholarship towards her postgraduate studies in Cologne, Germany with Professor Robert Winn and has since performed solo recitals in St Mary’s Westminster and Royal Festival Hall.

Kayoko Sugimura

Kayoko Sugimura was born in Yamaguchi, Japan and began learning the piano at the age of 3. She graduated from Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo where she specialized in ensemble piano performance from the third year. Here she played with many instrumentalists and singers, finding a particular affinity with the string repertoire. Performance highlights included playing the piano part in Hindemith’s viola sonata op.11-4 in her final exam of the ensemble course, for which she gained the highest marks. Kayoko has also played in larger ensembles, including quintet, quartets and trios.

She won the first prize at the TYS Yamaguchi Piano competition in January 2010, and got a special prize at the same time. She also had the chance to join a master class and give a solo concert.

Kayoko was recently awarded first prize in the Royal Academy of Music’s “Wilfrid Parry Prize” for the best performance of a Brahms Duo Sonata. She performed many lunch time concerts include Windsor Parish Church and St. George’s Parish Church in Beckenham with each flautist and violinist. Also she performed in a charity concert for Japanese earthquake, and raised money to the Red Cross.

This summer, Kayoko has graduated from Royal Academy of Music in June 2012 which she majored piano accompaniment as MA student, studying with Michael Dussek.

Venue: St Paul’s, Covent Garden ('The Actor's Church')

St Paul’s, Covent Garden (photo: Steve Cadman)

St Paul’s Church dates back the 1630s, and was the first entirely new church to be built in London since the reformation. It is widely known as the Actors’ Church due to its long-standing connections with local theatres, including the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane and the Covent Garden Theatre (now the Royal Opera House). In Samuel Pepys’ diary, the church is mentioned as the venue of London’s first ever Punch and Judy show.

Nearest Tube stations: Leicester Square and Covent Garden


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