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Kanon Miyashita - violin with Hiroaki Takenouchi - piano

Tue Apr 10th 2018, 1:05–1:50 pm ◀ This event has finished
Wesley's Chapel, 49 City Road, London EC1Y 1AU


Beethoven: Sonata for violin and piano No.3 in E flat major, Op. 12  :-

  i. Allegro con spirito, ii. Adagio con molta espressione, iii. Rondo: Allegro molto

b) Chausson (arr. Ysaye): Poeme, Op. 25

c) Szymanowski: Mythes, Op. 30 - III. Dryades et Pan

Artist info:-

Kanon Miyashita

Kanon Miyashita is a 23-year-old Japanese violinist. She started learning the violin at the age of 4 in Osaka and made her concerto debut when she was 14. She has won prizes in several competitions in Japan, including the Osaka International Music Competition. Kanon moved to England in September 2013. She has completed the first year of the BA Music as well as the International Foundation Year at the University of Southampton, and she led the Southampton University Symphony Orchestra in 2014/15 season. In September 2015 she transferred to the Royal College of Music in London, where she is currently in Year 4 of the BMus and studying with Professor Itzhak Rashkovsky. Kanon’s recent concerto performances include Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto (Op.64), both with the Southampton University Sinfonietta. She plays on a violin by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume and gratefully acknowledges its loan from the RCM

Hiroaki Takenouchi

Hiroaki Takenouchi - Heralded by The Times as “just the sort of champion the newest of new music needs”, while being praised as “impeccable in his pianism and unfailing in his idiomatic grasp” by Gramophone, Takenouchi’s curiosity and a natural penchant for integrity makes his playing and vast repertoire unique amongst his generation of pianists: his love for the music of classical masters -- particularly Haydn, Beethoven and Chopin – sits side by side with his passion for the music of Medtner, lesser-known British composers such as Sterndale Bennett and Parry, and the contemporary repertoire.

As a soloist, Hiroaki Takenouchi has appeared on many concert platforms including the Wigmore Hall, Tokyo Opera City and the South Bank Centre. He has also performed at festivals in Bath, Cheltenham and Salzburg and given recitals in the UK, Japan, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Italy and Canada.  His more unusual recent projects include: a recital for the Rarities of Piano Repertoire Festival in Husum (Germany), a BBC Four documentary ;The Prince and the Composer on the life and music of Parry alongside HRH The Prince of Wales and BBC Radio 3’s Composer of the Week for which Hiroaki recorded solo piano works by Sterndale Bennett (broadcast in April 2016). Hiroaki also recorded solo piano works by Alexander Campbell Mackenzie for Composer of the Week in February 2017.

Takenouchi’s discography includes Haydn: 4 Sonatas (Artalinna), Cosmos Haptic: Contemporary Piano Music from Japan (LORELT) as well as the world première recordings of works by James Dillon (NMC), Edwin Roxburgh (NMC) and Jeremy Dale Roberts (LORELT). 2012 saw two further releases: two piano arrangements of Delius’s orchestral works (SOMM with Simon Callaghan).

The Russian composer Georgy Catoire’s music is somewhat neglected today but Hiroaki Takenouchi is a passionate advocate of his Piano Concerto and recorded the work with Martin Yates and Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Their recording was released in 2012 on Dutton Epoch along with Percy Sherwood’s Piano Concerto, in another world première recording, which garnered excellent reviews in the press. Towards the end of 2016 Takenouchi went on to give the modern-day première of the Piano Concerto with London Phoenix Orchestra, the first performance since its première in 1920 at The Proms.

May 2017 saw the release of Takenouchi’s Sterndale Bennett/Schumann CD on Artalinna which has since garnered unanimous international critical praise.

Since 2012 Takenouchi has been teaching piano at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Glasgow). He also returns every summer to give master classes at the Poros International Piano Academy (Greece) and Ingenium International Music Academy (UK).

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.

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