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AJSW Chamber Music Ensemble

Thu Feb 20th 2014, 1:00–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St George’s Bristol, Great George Street, Off Park Street, Bristol BS1 5RR


Mozart:- Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Vivaldi:- Allegro from ‘Spring’, The Four Seasons
J S Bach:-Arioso (arr. Sayaka Yanagida)
Telemann:- Concerto No 1 in G for 4 violins
Shimanuki:- World Première:- Persephone for nine strings
Borodin:- Notturno from String Quartet No 2 in D Major 3rd Movement
Tchaikovsky:- Waltz from ‘Serenade for Strings’

Artist info:-

Jung Yoon Cho (director)

Jung Yoon Cho - violin
Midori Komachi - violin
Ayako Yamazaki - violin
Mee Hyun Oh - violin
Elizabeth McGrath - violin
Xin Xin - viola
Marta Tobar - cello
Lydia Kwon - cello

The 'AJSW Chamber Music Ensemble' in another concert displaying its international array of talented musicians performing a delightful selection of classical works for strings following on from the success of its London debut on May 31st 2013 at St James, Piccadilly. Japanese composer Michiko Shimanuki has composed a piece especially for the ensemble which will have its world premier during the concert.

The 'AJSW Chamber Ensemble' originated at the society '15th Anniversary' concert at St George's, Bristol on November 10th 2011. Some of its recordings can be heard on our Home Page presentation. It integrates Japanese musicians with musicians from all over the world, it is ably led and directed by violinist Jung Yoon Cho. Its London debut was on May 31st 2013 St James, Piccadilly for an evening concert with 'our 'Inzpir8tion' (8 hands on 2 pianos) group. 

It is helping spread the message of the AJSW and its established place in the world of Anglo-Japanese cultural friendship and understanding.

The Premier of:-

'Persephone for Nine Strings' was inspired by the film Ravel (by Donato Cinicolo) which I wrote the soundtrack for. However, my interpretation of the character, Persephone is based on the Greek mythology, regarding her as the queen of the underworld and the vegetation goddess. I also felt that the fact that she is associated with spring would coincide with the time of the year during which my work is premiered.

The opening theme of Persephone for nine strings is stated at a high register. The fragments of the theme are then repeated, rhythmically varied and are transferred to a lower register. The central section consists of phrases that extend in length and texture and leads to the inverted versions of the opening theme with repeated notes, played by the first viola three times. The piece ends with the ascending pitch sequence of the opening theme.

The composer:-

Michiko Shimanuki

Photo by Leo Cinicolo

Michiko Shimanuki commenced her professional piano studies with Dame Fanny Waterman in Leeds at the age of 17. She obtained her performing diploma from the Royal College of  Music (ARCM) and continued her piano studies with the late Kendall Taylor, CBE in London and Aquiles Delle Vigne at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris "Alfred Cortot" in Paris and gave many concerts in the UK and Europe during her 20s. She then pursued her composition studies and received a full scholarship to participate in the master class of Betsy Jolas at the Academie Musicale de Villecroze in France in 2003, and completed her Ph.D. in Composition at King's College London in 2011.

Michiko's music has been performed by the London New Wind Ensemble, Ellie Blackshaw, Ian Mitchell among others since 2004. Michiko has written the original music for films by Donato Cinicolo. She has also recorded  some piano music of J.S. Bach & Eric Satie as part of the soundtrack for"Ravel".

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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