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Thu Jun 2nd 2016, 1:00–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St George’s Bristol, Great George Street, Off Park Street, Bristol BS1 5RR


1) ‘Dances of St Gregory’ – composer / arranger Jeff Manookian (b 1953 - ) 

                          1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th movements.

         Adagio misterioso - Energico - Largo rubato -  Allegretto Vivace
2)  A. Borodin ( b:1833 – d: 1887):- String Quartet No.2 in D Major
Allegro moderato in D major 

Scherzo. Allegro in F major                                               

Notturno  (Nocturne): Andante in A major 

Finale: Andante — Vivace in D major

Artist info:-

The AJSW String Quartet:- Making it's debut with this concert....led by Yuhka Nagai (violin) it follows in the footsteps of the AJSW's Chamber Music Ensemble.

Yuhka Nagai (violin) - leader: studied at Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo, Japan before coming to the UK with degrees in music. She was, for three years (2007 - 2010) leader of the Musashino Academia Symphony Orchestra.

Several years in London followed and in 2014, after studying with Professor Mayumi Fujikawa, she completed an MA in Performance and Diploma LRAM (Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music).

Yuhka has played in chamber music ensembles, Duos, Piano trio and Piano quartets. As a violinist with the Piano Quartet “Blüte” she won third prize in the 1st Memorial Tokyo Art Centre Chamber Music competition and later this ensemble’s recital was sponsored by the Tokyo Art Centre.

In the UK she has performed lunch concerts in and around London and in such as Bristol whilst she continues her studies with Prof. Fujikawa as a Violet Wright scholar.

Her performance violin,a Ceruti, has been kindly loaned to her.

Corinna Hentschel (violin) was born in Germany and graduated in 2013 with a Performance  Diploma from "Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock", Germany and began her MMus Chamber Music studies with Holger Wangerin at the same school. During her performance studies she has also studied pedagogy towards achieving an Educational Diploma.

Her love of chamber and contemporary music has brought her to form the Duo "HENTSCHEL-Sisters“ with her sister Simone, who plays percussion. Together, they have played at festivals in Germany, Netherlands and Slovenia. She has also founded Duo Asteria with her colleague Giulio Poggia on piano. Together they
perform regularly around the UK and Germany. Since 2015 cellist Derek Aviss OBE has been working with the duo. She has performed in Germany, Europe and USA as a soloist, chamber musician and as a member of different orchestras.Corinna has won the „Hans Kauffmann Foundation“ special price for chamber music
(trio) in the ostracised music competition in 2010. She is also a scholarship holder of the „Yehudi Menuhin – Live Music Now e.V.“ foundation and the Lions Club Kaarst- Büttgen-Korschenbroich.

In 2014 she has played with Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble. Corinna has been granted an Erasmus Scholarship for 2014-15 for MMus Performance studies with Ofer Falk at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London and has received the MMus degree. She has led the Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra and performed as a soloist at the London Handel Festival 2015.

Emily Pond studies with Martin Outram at the Royal Academy of Music and graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a First Class BMus(Hons) degree. Emily's main passion lies in string quartet playing, being violist of The Fitzroy Quartet. The quartet are the resident quartet at St Peters, Eaton Square, as their prize winners of 2015, and also won the Wolfe Wolfinssohn String Quartet Competition. They recently gave their Wigmore Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields debut and regularly perform across Europe and the U.K. 

As a soloist Emily won the 2014 RNCM Viola Competition and has taken part in masterclasses with violists Garth Knox, Atar Arad, Thomas Riebl and Nobuko Imai. She has also performed in the BBC Proms, Aldeborough Music and Edinbrugh Fringe Music Festivals. Emily was also invited to be an 'Artist in Residence' in the Cantiere International d'Arte di Montepulciano (Italy) in 2013/2014 where she gave recitals with leading musicians from across Europe. 

As an orchestral musician Emily is a member of the Royal Academy Sainsbury Soloists, and has led many of the Royal Academy Orchestras and has appeared with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras, The Northern Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru and also the European Union Youth Orchestra working under renown conductors Semyon Bychkov, Vasily Petrenko, Marin Alsop, Sir Mark Elder, Trevor Pinnock and Edward Gardner and soloists Maxim Vengerov and Stephen Hough.

Marta Tobar is a professional cello player 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 a regular member of the AJSW Chamber Music Ensemble.

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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