Kazue Yanagida (日本語)- Honorary Patron and AJSW Representative in Japan, Kazue Yanagida is a Japanese violinist born in Tokyo. She began her studies with Noriko Miki at the age of five and soon went on to take part in masterclasses by Dr Shin-ichi Suzuki (the founder of the Suzuki Method) and William Primrose at the age of seven who praised her talent and to study with a prominent violinist Toshiya Eto and Takaya Urakawa. She moved to England in 1988 to study at the Royal Academy of Music where she graduated with First Class Distinction for the violin performance having won two first prizes of violin competitions at the RAM, Alfred J Waley Violin Prize and Winifred Small Solo Violin Prize. During her time at the RAM she was under the guidance of Howard Davis and Zakher Bron and the Amadeus Quartet for chamber music. She has participated in many masterclasses including by Ruggiero Ricci, Ida Haendel and Anne-Sophie Mutter and was also a prizewinner of the Anglo-Czechoslovak Music Trust. She was given the honor of a loan of a prestigious Grancino violin from the RAM.
Having studied further for four years with Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she gained a Diploma of Advanced Instrumental Studies, she has given many concerts in the UK and abroad and made several concerto appearances. She has played as sub-principal in the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and worked with Sir Colin Davis, Tadaaki Otaka, Mark Wigglesworth, Alfred Brendel, Stephen Kovacevich and Freddy Kempf at venues such as the Barbican Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. She has also lead the Cosmos Ensemble that gave a world premiere performance of Dai Fujikura’s “Shadow’s Light”. Her concert with pianist Alan Brown in October 2010 at the St Dunstan in-the-West church was broadcast by TV Shizuoka Japanese TV station in Shizuoka, Japan.
She has been the music director of Anglo Japanese Society of Wessex Chamber Music Ensemble from 2011 to 2013 and lead the ensemble for the 15th anniversary concert at the St. Georges, Bristol in 2011 and the concert at the St. James’s, Piccadilly in 2013.
She went back to Japan in 2013 and gave a recital with pianist Akiko Kawakami in 2014 in Shizuoka, Japan. She was made an Honorary Patron of the AJSW in 2017.
Kazue Lives in Chiba, Japan.
|George Logan (Dr Evadne Hinge) — Hon Patron George Logan was the RAM trained piano playing, comedy / singing foil Dr Evadne Hinge to the comedy and singing partner Dame Hilda Bracket (Patrick Fyffe) who is sadly no longer with us. But the memory of the 'Dear Ladies' lives on not least with a little venture of George's (sorry! Dr Hinge) somewhere near Limoges, France. Read all about it on www.belombrage.net. As Dame Hilda might say "Yeees...Evadne always had a penchant for frog's legs.|
|Alexander Rosenblatt — Hon Patron Alexander Rosenblatt was born in Moscow in 1956 and graduated from the Moscow Conservatory as a pianist and composer. He has worked extensively with classical musicians and orchestras, but is also a keen jazz aficionado. In 1993, renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, accompanied by accordionist F. Lips, performed a program of his compositions at the Concertgebuow in Amsterdam. Rosenblatt has recorded ten CDs, including two solo albums. His CD “Rosenblatt Plays Solo and Duo Compositions” was nominated “CD of the month” for August 2001 by some of Japan’s top music critics.|
|Michael Soumei Coxall — Hon Patron Michael Soumei Coxall studied shakuhachi in Japan for many years under the legendary Kinko-ryu master and Living Cultural Treasure, the late Yamaguchi Goro, and still continues his studies on frequent visits to Japan with Mizuno Kohmei and Sugawara Kuniyoshi. Michael was awarded his shakuhachi "Master's Licence" in 2007 and the professional name "Soumei". Michael has taught full time at SOAS, University of London for 25 years and teaches and performs traditional solo honkyoku, sankyoku ensemble and shinkyoku music. He has performed widely in the UK with the Anglo-Japanese Collective and is the founder member of the "London Hogaku Ensemble" and "Hibiki", has featured in numerous solo and ensemble performances and as an accompanist in recitals with visiting traditional Japanese performers in the UK. Michael was the co-organiser of the European Shakuhachi Summer Schools with Koto and Shamisen held in London in 2006, 2007, 2011 and2013 and is also a member of the Chikumeishakai.|
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|Embassy of Japan — A useful source of information for people who are considering a visit to Japan, either on holiday or to work. Also contains listings of Japan-related events.|
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