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Inzpir8tion (8 hands on two pianos)

Thu Nov 29th 2012, 1:00–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St George’s Bristol, Great George Street, Off Park Street, Bristol BS1 5RR


1) MOZART OVERTURE (arr R. Keller) Pd


3) MYAGI (AR) (4 hands)

4) CONCERTINA (AR) - (4 hands)

5) AVE MARIA (AR) (4 hands)

6) ALICE (AR) (2 pieces) (4 hands)

7) From J. S. BACH ORCHESTRAL SUITE No 3 in D Major

arranged for 8 hands and two pianos (Pd)

1) Air (on a G String!) 2) Gigue



AR = composed and arranged by Alexander Rosenblatt

PD = Public Domain






                              'Inzpir8tion' - 8 hands on 2 pianos

After their November 10th 2011 '15th Anniversary' concert at St George's, Bristol the London based Anglo-Japanese Society of Wessex found the '8 hands on 2 pianos' formation such a hit with the audience that it formed its own group from it that debuts at St George's on November 29th with one hour of classical to light compositions. Legendary classical composers would arrange their concertos for two pianos as well as for piano and orchestra some of which will be performed for the audience at St Georges'. Since last year the composer of a 'Japanese Fantasia', Russian Alexander Rosenblatt, has become an Honorary Patron of the society and has invited the group and other musicians to Moscow next year to perform two evening concerts with Russian musicians who will also be performing in the UK in the same period. The group play several of his '4 hands' compositions during their programme in tribute to a composer with a growing reputation for a variety of compositions for solo piano to full orchestral scores.. Of the original 4 Yukiko Shinohara and Hiroko Yamamoto remain joined by Mayumi IIda and Nao Maebayashi for this exciting formation.

Artist info:-   

Yukiko Shinohara

Yukiko Shinohara was born in Ibaraki, Japan and studied at Tokyo Metropolitan Senior High School for Fine Arts and Music. She received her BMus from Goldsmith’s College (University of London) under Susan Bradshaw, and later studied with Douglas Finch at Trinity College of Music where she received an MMus Degree and Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Performance. She also studied with Catherine Vickers in Frankfurt and attended summer schools at Dartington, Darmstadt, Salzburg and Nice. She was a Park Lane Young Artist in 2001 doing solo recital at South Bank Centre in London, and has performed Ligeti’s Etudes at the contemporary music festival Composium 2003 in Tokyo and premiered Britten’s early piano works at Aldeburgh Festival. She performs both as chamber musician and soloist in Japan, U.K, Belgium, Holland, France, Greece and Spain. She is currently on staff as an accompanist at Trinity College of Music.





Hiroko Yamamoto

Hiroko Yamamoto first came to England in 1995 when she restarted her piano studies with the late Geraldine Mason Harrison.

Hiroko graduated from Trinity Colege of Music and studied piano with 2 Russian pianists — Alexander Ardakov and Nina Sereda — and later also studied classical singing with Elizabeth Haws, John Wakefield and Penny Clark.

She won 4th prize at the Beethoven Piano Competition in Shiga prefecture in Japan awarded by NHK. She was also awarded the Anthony Lindsay Piano Prize by Trinity College of Music.

While at college, she toured with a college violinist friend around Portugal and performed at several places and also toured with 3 classical singers around the Black Sea with a Swan Hellenic Cruise company and gave several concerts.

She has been performing with her violinist at various churches in London and recently they performed at their first concert in Japan, which was well received.



Mayumi Iida

Mayumi Iida was born in Japan and started the piano at the age of three. She continued her studies at Tokyo University of Liberal Arts, where she was awarded first place at her Master’s recital, and at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she graduated from the postgraduate performance course with honours. She had encouragement at the International Schubert competition in Germany in 2002 and she participated with success in other international competitions. Her international engagements have included concerts in the UK and Japan.









Nao Maebayashi

Nao Maebayashi studied with Alexander Kelly, former professor at The Royal Academy of Music, before entering The Trinity College of Music in 1996. Nao continued her studies with Douglas Finch, Head of Keyboard Studies, where she was awarded a Batchelor of Music (B. Mus) degree. In 2001, she completed a Master of Music (M. Mus) degree under the guidance of Raphael Torroni at The London College of Music. Thereafter, she focused on contemporary piano with Evegnia Chudinovich. Since then, Nao has won several prizes in music festivals and performed at the New Quays Concert, London hosted by Elena Riu.

In July 2006, Nao was awarded a scholarship to attend the Chetham's international summer school and festival for pianists. In January 2007, Nao performed Schumann's Piano Concerto with the Oxford and Cambridge Musical Club orchestra at University College, London.

Since 2010, Nao has performed with a contemporary ensemble group, Metapraxis ensemble. They have performed at the Guildhall New Music festival, Soundscapes of East London, the World Listening Project and Researching the Arts conference at Brunel University.

In April 2011 Nao organised a charity concert for 'Tomorrow's Heiwa', a Japan earthquake appeal where she premiered a work by Gregory Emfietzis.

Nao also currently dedicates herself to the Azuré Piano Duo, working with Eamonn Ramsay performing music of piano 4 hands in London and Surrey whilst teaching at Gordon's school in Woking.

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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