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Toki Quartet

Thu Nov 22nd 2012, 1:00–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St George’s Bristol, Great George Street, Off Park Street, Bristol BS1 5RR


Frank Bridge: 3 Idylls
Adagio molto espressivo
Allegretto poco lento
Allegro con moto

Toru Takemitsu:- 'A Way a Lone' for string quartet (1981)

Edward Elgar: String Quartet in E minor, Op.83.

I   Allegro moderato
II.  Piacevole- poco andante
III.  Allegro molto

Artist info:-.

The Toki Quartet

The Toki Quartet was formed by four prize-winning musicians in 2010 at the Royal Academy of Music. The group have recently won the MBF Emerging Excellence Award and the Sir Arthur Bliss Prize and were part of the 2012 LSO Soundhub Project, performing works by Elo Masing. They were selected by Peter Manning to perform at the 2011 MasterPiece Fair in Chelsea and have had the opportunity to perform pieces by the contemporary composers David Lumsdaine and Rhian Samuel. This year they have worked with composers Nicola LeFanu and Yuka Takechi, involving workshops at the Royal Academy of Music in London and Tokyo University of Arts. They have received coaching from members of the Maggini, Endellion and Vanbrugh Quartets and with Neil Heyde of the Kreutzer Quartet. Their experience of performing alongside the Scottish Ensemble and the Chilingarian Quartet, and individually with Nobuko Imai and Stephan Picard, has fostered their great interest to explore the chamber music repertoire further. The Tokis are dedicated to the promotion of Japanese and British music and are currently embarking on the Harmony of Cultural Sounds project. The group are named after the beautiful but endangered Japanese Crested Ibis – Toki in Japanese.

Toki Quartet – Individual Biographies

Nazrin Rashidova, (1st violin)

The Azerbaijani-British violin virtuoso made her solo debut at the age of 3 in Baku and was awarded a Gold Medal by the Cairo Opera House for exceptional performance in a violin recital three years later. And establishing FeMusa in 2008 – Britain’s first female chamber orchestra since the 1950’s.  Nazrin was accepted to the Royal Academy of Music at the age of 15 where the  previous principal said she was “one of the most talented musicians to have walked through its doors in 40 years". Nazrin has performed in U.S.A, Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, Egypt and Japan, and her most notable appearances have included playing for HRH The Prince of Wales at St. James’ and Buckingham Palaces. Nazrin now plays on a violin after G.B Guadagnini Milan 1753 ‘Straus’ (Royal Academy of Music Collection) by David Rattray, London 2009 and with an 1890 Lamy bow, generously gifted to her by James Smillie.

Midori Komachi (2nd violin)

Midori is currently undertaking the Master of Music programme, studying with Maurice Hasson. At the age of 12, she studied at Basel Music University in Switzerland with Adelina Oprean. She has appeared as a soloist with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, and has performed recitals in major venues including Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, St. Martin-in-the-fields, St.George’s Bristol and Muza Kawasaki. She has won many awards from Royal Academy of Music and Hattori Foundation.

Steve Doman (viola)

Steve was awarded a scholarship to attend Wells Cathedral School at the age of sixteen, where his viola teacher was Patricia Noall. He then went on to study with Mark Knight at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is currently studying for his Masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Garfield Jackson. He recently took part in an Erasmus exchange to the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki to study with Pirkko Simojoki.

Amy Jolly (cello)

A student of Josephine Knight at the Royal Academy of Music, Amy will tour to South Korea with the Sainsbury Academy Soloists and will perform in New York and at the London Proms 2012 with the Academy/Juilliard Symphony Orchestra. Amy performs extensively with her duo partner Mari Kawamura and is recipient of the Birmingham Royal Ballet Mentorship Scheme.

Venue: St George’s Bristol


 St George’s Bristol (Photo: rbrwr@Flickr)

St George's Bristol was built in the 1820s and was originally known as the church of St George's Brandon Hill. When the church fell into disuse in the 1970s, it was taken over by a group of local music enthusiasts who turned it into a popular concert venue. The building was extensively refurbished in 1999, and has established itself as one of the country's leading venues for a diverse range of musical genres.

It is situated not far from Bristol Cathedral, a short walk from Park Street. The entrances are on Great George Street (Box Office entrance) and Charlotte Street (disabled access).

Visit the St George’s Bristol website for more information.

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