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The AJSW Chamber Music Ensemble at St George's

Thu Feb 19th 2015, 1:00–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St George’s Bristol, Great George Street, Off Park Street, Bristol BS1 5RR


Handel (1685 – 1759):- Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

Edward Elgar (1867 - 1934) ‘Serenade for Strings’ Op 20

Kurt Atterberg (1887 – 1974):-

Suite No. 3, Op. 19 for violin, viola and string orchestra:‘Vision’
led by Ayako Yamazaki (violin) and Katya Lazareva (viola)

Handel - Sarabande in D minor for violin / viola:-

Ayako Yamazaki (violin) and Katya Lazareva viola)

S. Coleridge-Taylor (1875 – 1912) Fantasiestucke Op. 51st Movement:

I) Prelude 32  II) Serenade  III) Humoresque  IV) Minuet & Trio  V) Dance

George Gershwin (1898 - 1937) 'Lullaby' (arr J. Manookian)

Astor Piazolla (1921 – 1992) 'Libertango' (arr Norbert Gerl)

Artist info:-

AJSW Chamber Music Ensemble

Ayako Yamazaki - (violin) - leader

VIOLINS:- Elona Laurie - Mee Hyun Oh - Lifei Huang - Valtie Nunn

VIOLAS:- Katya Lazareva - Ugne Tiskute

CELLOS:- Marta Tobar - Lydia Kwon

See our home page feature for this and other special concerts

                     Thank you to Matteo Bonotto for his photo of Ayako Yamazaki

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875 - 1912)

My personal interest in Coleridge-Taylor started in the mid-1980's when, in a vlillage I lived in, I studied the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge writer of such as Kublai Khan and The Ancient Mariner. In an old guide book it stated the composer had also lived there. It was not true. But it led to my interest in the composer. That waned until recent years after I moved to London in 2004. I was aware of growing interest in him as his compositional output was restored and explored. In more recent times only his 'Hiawatha' work was thought to be his only composition worthy of note. His fame during his short life had all but been forgotten. So I was thrilled whilst considering this concert's programme to find his 5 piece composition 'Fantasiestucke' composed when he was just 20 and before his 'Hiawatha'.  

Born of a father who was a doctor emanating from what we now call Sierra Leone and an English mother and, as his father returned to Sierra Leone, effectively orphaned, his chances of prominence were bleak with the discrmination he clearly suffered. But he proved a talented musician. Although he cut an odd figure amongst his contemporaries, his nature and his determination brought him to the notice of Sir Edward Elgar who spoke up for his talents to be given a chance. As well as in the UK, where he was feted as a composer, conductor and a professor of music, Coleridge-Taylor also progressed to fame in the USA.

Young Sam worked hard it led to his early death aged 37. But his legacy, once neglected, is being restored to its rightful place as one of the formost and finest of British composers. Such as Wikipedia will help you to further your knowledge of him denied to me in the limited space I have at my disposal.

We hope you enjoy our uunique interpretation of one of his rarely performed works. 

Godfrey King  2014.


Due to its lunch concert programme the AJSW organised a variety of musicians in London to appear at St George’s in November 2011 for a 15th Anniversary concert. From that the AJSW Music Ensemble established itself initially to introduce Japanese born musicians to the wider public. It developed to include musicians from a variety of countries. To-days concert includes musicians from Japan, UK, Spain, Belarus, Korea, Lithuania and China. They represent the very best and technically well trained classical musicians of modern times originating from the country of their birth, enriching our own culture.

Leader:- Ayako Yamazaki (violin) first played for the AJSW in 2001; its first concert in its classical music series of now some 300 plus concerts. Settled now in the UK after lessons from the age of 3 in Japan, Ayako has achieved respect amongst her fellow professionals. Her orchestral experiences include leading positions with various orchestras and performed with Philharmonia, New London Sinfonia, Arion Orchestra and London Chamber Players. Study with Bela Katona,  the master of the great Hungarian School, greatly helped her discover deep inner singing and the  true voice of the instrument in any style of music.

Despite playing in so many countries and even a tour to Algeria to work as a co-leader at the National Orchestra of Algeria, she values with pride her 9 / 10 from a Bristol Evening Post  music review for a solo recital in 2011.

After her first concert with us, Ayako progressed to lead the AJSW CME including overall responsibility for rehearsals.

Elona Laurie:- A graduate of Trinity College of Music, London, Elona won a number of important awards before she progressed to a varied professional career including many solo recitals, as well as performances with chamber ensembles and orchestras. Enjoying various forms of music from baroque to pop, Elona is a member of the Ebano String Trio, established since 2007, as well as the Blackheath String Quartet and also a comedy string quartet with which she has had the opportunity to travel to some very exciting places to both play and dance the can-can simultaneously. Consequently she has built up a wide knowledge of chamber music as well as passport stamps and was recently flown, along with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, to perform at a top celebrity wedding just outside of Rome. From playing on period instruments to the electric violin, working with bands and pop artists for corporate events and TV appearances; Elona is kindly playing for us adding to her experiences at prestigious venues and arts festivals throughout the UK. Elona enjoys travelling to exotic parts of the world to play the music she loves but in her free time likes to be near the superb mountains of Scotland.

Valtie Nunn (violin) is rapidly gaining acclaim for her captivating performances of both well known and neglected or contemporary works. She spent most of her childhood in Africa. On returning to England she was inspired to take up the violin by her sister Rebecca Lawrence, who taught her for six years. Over the last few years Valtie has established herself as a violinist to watch. She has won numerous prizes and awards and graduating with first class honurs from the Trinity College of Music after her studies with Andrew Sherwood. As a soloist Valtie has performed with a number of orchestras across the country. She is also an avid chamber musician; Valtie enjoys working in both a duo, with pianist Manuel Lopez Jorge, and The Golden Piano Trio. Recent competition successes include 1st prize in the Leonard Smith Duo Competition and 1st place in the Cavatina Chamber Music Competition with The Golden Piano Trio and recently awarded the John Thompson Chamber Music Prize for excellence.

During her time at Trinity she was awarded almost every available prize. These include the TCM Trust Silver Medal, the Byram Jeejeebhoy Prize for ‘outstanding performance’ on two occasions, the City Livery Prize for excellence and the Nick Roth Memorial Prize for outstanding contribution to string ensemble playing. She was also awarded the Leverhulme Orchestral Mentorship Scholarship, the Trinity College London Scholarship and a Philharmonia Martin Musical Scholarship Award towards further study at Trinity College of Music with Andrew Sherwood.

Valtie plays a violin by the renowned Italian maker Paulo Castello  which has been generously loaned to her.

Mee Hyun Oh (violin) is one of two South Korea born. musicians in our ensemble  She began her musical studies by learning the piano at the age of four. It was not until she was thirteen that she started to study the violin. Just one year later, she won the prize at the Ulsan Educational Institution. In 2004, she graduated from the Kewon High School of Arts.

Mee Hyun is currently based in Great Britain where she completed the Bachelor’s Degree and MA performance degree at the Royal Academy of Music. She won 1st prize at the North London Music Festival in 2011 and several competitions. She progressed to appear as a soloist and an ensemble player in many venues where she first came to our notice and is visiting St George’s with us for the 2nd time as a now established and valued member

Lifei Huang (violin) was born in China where she started learning violin when she was four years old. Five years later she reached the highest violin exam marks in grade eight and grade ten in Shanghai. In 2003, she went into the Shanghai Conservatory of Music Middle School gaining irst place in her year group.. In 2006, she was invited to  Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester to study violin performing for two years. In 2007, she won the first prize of a Concerto Competition at Chetham’s School of Music. She continued studying from 2009 in the Royal College of Music then graduating to teaching and performing. Lifei joined us for our last concert as a late replacement displaying remarkable calmness and discipline and technical ability. We are especially pleased to introduce her to a St George’s audience.

Ekaterina ‘Katya’ Lazareva (viola) was born in 1985 in Belarus. From 2000, she began to study viola with Prof. L.L. Lastovka and from 2004 was her student at the Belarusian State Academy of Music. Between 2003 and 2007 she won prizes at the E. Kohu Internation Music competition in Chisinau, Moldova and at the International Competition for Strings in Kiev, Ukraine.

Katya actively participates in the cultural life of her country and has been  performing as a soloist with the Belarusian Philarmonic. In 2009 she moved to London to pursue her solo and chamber career. Since then, she has given a number of lunchtime solo and chamber recitals in notable London venues and with the Schnittke String Trio in the Netherlands. and performed at Cadogan Hall, St. John's, Smith Square. She is a member of various London orchestras, such as I Maestri, with whom she travelled to The Sacred Music Festival on Patmos, Greece, as well as the London Chamber Players, Firebird and Russian Virtuosi of Europe.

Ugne Tiskute (viola) is a young and vibrant violist, who has already established herself as an internationally renowned musician and winner of various international competitions and major awards. Her talent has been recognised by the Royal Academy of Music in London where she was awarded full scholarhips to complete her Bachelor and Master degrees. She has performed in various concert venues across Europe such as Wigmore Hall, St. Johns Smith Square, Lithuanian National Philharmonic, Kaunas Philharmonic and many more.

Ugne began her studies at the age of six. Aged nine she had already given her first solo performance accompanied by chamber orchestra.

Ugne moved to London where she successfully continued her career and received numerous major awards. As a versatile musician – as well as actively performing solo and chamber music, she is also a member of EUYO and Jeunesses Musicales. Ugne has also been awarded the International LRAM teaching certificate by the Royal Academy of Music demonstrating her passion for teaching.

Ugne is currently playing the Salamon viola made in 1780, which has been kindly loaned by the Royal Academy of Music in London.

We welcome Ugne for her first performance with the AJSW CME.

Marta Tobar (cello) is based in London. Classically trained at the Royal Northern College of Music, Marta has just finished a two year Master in Solo Performance at the same institution. Marta received support by the Spanish government through various scholarships that allowed her to pursue her career at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Marta has appeared on BBC´s The Culture Show and BBC Radio 3 In Tune, performing extracts of the new opera written by composer Martin Ward (ENO, ROH) and librettist Phil Porter (ROH, RSC). She has also performed live for BBC Merseyside and BFBS with the band The Wishing Well, as part of a 5 month tour through the UK and Europe.

Marta is now a regular member of the AJSW Chamber Music Ensemble.

Lydia Kwon (Cello) was born in Seoul, South Korea, and started learning the cello at the late age of fifteen after having been inspired by seeing Yo Yo Ma and Jacqueline du Pré. She advanced very quickly and within two years, she passed her grade 8 with distinction and entered the Junior Academy. She played in the Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra where she was co-principle cellist, performing solo with the orchestra. She gained a place at the Royal College of Music, and during her studies a number of prizes including the Duke of Devonshire Prize and Anna Shuttleworth Prize.

As a chamber musician she and musical friends Meehyun Oh and Songae Kim formed the Elpis Piano Trio, receiving 1st prizes both at the Kingston Music Festival and Sutton Music Festival in 2012. She also is a member of the All Souls Orchestra, Langham Arts for the last four years which she performs regularly, travelling around the UK and Europe.

As with Mee Hyun Oh this is Lydia’s 3rd concert with the AJSW CME.

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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