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Ayako Yamazaki (violin) & Katya Lazareva (viola) - 'Duo In Harmony'

Tue Sep 26th 2017, 1:05–1:50 pm ◀ This event has finished
Wesley's Chapel, 49 City Road, London EC1Y 1AU


J. Bach: Inventions arr. for violin and violin. No. 1,4, 8, 13

F.Handel-J. Halvorsen: Sarabande and Passacaglia

B. Martinu:- 3 Madrigals for violin and viola.

Artist info:-

Ayako Yamazaki

Born in Japan, Ayako Yamazaki started her musical life at the age of  three with the piano and singing lessons and started playing the violin a year later. She moved to London in 2000, where she gained Bachelor of  Music and Postgraduate Diploma from the Royal Academy of Music under professors Richard Deakin and Jean Harvey. Her study was supported by the Belmore-Woodgate Scholarsip throughout the years at the Academy. She was prizewinner at several internal competitions. She then went on further study with Bela Katona. The "work" with 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. Ayako has benefitted from masterclasses with a number of renowned violinists, such as Sylvia Rosenberg, Norbert Brainin, Lewis Kaplan and Thomas Brandis, as well as Bowdoin Music Festival in Maine, U.S.A.

Ayako's unique but sincere musical approach, which was formed through experiencing many different cultures and styles, brings her to perform in many places as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.K., as well as in Italy and Japan at venues such as Kings Place, St. James’s Church Piccadilly (London) and Ongaku-no-tomo Hall (Tokyo) and her recital at the Bristol Cathedral got a rare 9/10 appreciation from the Bristol Evening Post music reviewer John Packwood.

She was a finalist at the Japan Chamber Music Competition with her  violin duo. Her orchestral experiences include leading positions of various orchestras and performances in Philharmonia, New London Sinfonia, Arion Orchestra and London Chamber Players. She has been chosen for leading  positions at orchestra festivals such as National Youth Orchestra of  Netherlands and Britten-Peares Young Artist Programme. The experiences of playing under conductors such as Sir Colin Davis and Vladimir Ashkenazi gave her much inspiration. She has also toured to Algeria to work as a co-leader at the National Orchestra of Algeria. Having much interest also in Baroque music, she leads a consort for the choral works and operas of that period.

Ekaterina Lazareva

Ekaterina Lazareva 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. In 2009 she won 3rd prize with her string quartet at the International Chamber Music competition in Smarghon, Belarus. Ekaterina actively participates in the cultural life of her country and has been performing as a soloist in Belarusian Philarmonic. She was also an exhibitioner of a special presidential fund for the support of youthful talent. 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 at such places as St. John's and St. Peters Church in Notting Hill, St. Alfege Church in Greenwich, All Saints Church in Kingston, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, The Orangery in Holland Park, Beck Theatre, Bridewell Theatre and at such festivals as The Little Proms and Earl's Court Festival, as well as a number of recitals with the Schnittke String Trio in the Netherlands. Additionally, 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. She has taken part in master-classes with Yuri Bashmet, Yuko Inoue, Yuri Zhislin and worked with conductors, such as Colin Davis, James Gaffigan and James Judd.

She has performed at Cadogan Hall, St. John's, Smith Square, St. George's Hannover Square, St. Paul's Covent Garden and St. Giles-in-the-Fields. In December 2011 Ekaterina has played solo with I Maestri orchestra, conducted by Krzystof Chorzelski, in St. Mattheus Church.  In 2010 she was generously awarded with a full scholarship by the Guildhall School Trust to study on the Master of Music in Performance Orchestral Training course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she studied with Krzystof Chorzelski, the violist of the Belcea Quartet. In 2011 she was awarded a full 2011/2012 academic year scholarship by the Levelhulme Trust, which allowed to continue her studies at the Guildhall. In 2012 she received an Anatole Mines & Anthony Elt Award enabling her to pursue further studies at the Royal College of  Music, where she became a graduate of the Artist Diploma course in performance led by Yuri Zhislin.Ekaterina is kindly supported by the Guildhall School Trust, the Levelhulme Trust and the Anatole Mines & Anthony Elt Award.

Venue: Wesley's Chapel

Wesley’s Chapel was built in 1778 by John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. It was designed by the architect George Dance the Younger, the surveyor of the City of London. Wesley described his chapel as “perfectly neat but not fine” and it is a fine example of Georgian architecture. It was the first Methodist preaching house to allow for the celebration of Holy Communion.

In 1891 the chapel was transformed to commemorate the centenary of Wesley’s death. Jasper pillars were donated from Methodist churches around the world to replace the original ships’ masts donated by George III. Oak pews were also added and the stained glass too.

On November 1st 1978, after a five-year closure due to a serious structural problem, and exactly 200 years after Wesley opened the Chapel, the buildings were reopened in grand style in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh.

In 1989 Wesley’s Chapel and the nearby Leysian Mission joined together. Today the chapel is a thriving place, serving a membership of hundreds of people drawn from every continent of the globe. It has an active programme of community outreach work and receives thousands of pilgrims and visitors who come each year to visit the Mother Church of World Methodism.

Wesley’s Chapel works in a covenant relationship with the parish church of St. Giles, Cripplegate, and in the closest of relationships with local Roman Catholic, Welsh Presbyterian, and Quaker congregations. John Wesley famously said that he considered the whole world to be his parish. Nowadays, the whole world seems to live in his parish and many of them worship at the Chapel which bears his name.

Opening times
Monday to Saturday 10am – 4pm
Sunday (for those attending worship) 12:30pm – 1:45pm
Last admission to John Wesley’s House is 30 minutes before closing time.
Closed every Thursday between 12:45 & 1:30pm (for service), also Public & Bank Holidays, except for services (e.g. Good Friday, Christmas Day).

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Nearest Underground stations
Old Street (subway 2) (Northern Line City Branch)
Moorgate (Northern, Circle and Metropolitan Lines)
21, 43, 55, 76, 141, 205, 214, 243, 271
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