The London Debut of the AJSW STRING QUARTET

1) ‘Dances of St Gregory’ – composer / arranger Jeff Manookian (b 1953 – )
1. Adagio misterioso
2. Energico
3. Largo rubato
4. Andante Appassionato
5. Allegretto Vivace

2) F. Mendelsshon String Quartet No 2 in A Minor Op 13:
1. Adagio Allegro Vivace
2. Adagio non lento
3. Intermezzo Allegretto con motto – Allegro di molto
4. Presto – Adagio non lento

Artist info:
The AJSW String Quartet originated as a progression from the AJSW’s Chamber Music Ensemble that made its debut at St George’s, Bristol in 2011. The quartet made its debut last year (2016) at the same venue. Always with first class solo and ensemble musicians from small group to orchestral experience, the musicians playing for it to-day are led by Ed McCullagh (violin). Edward McCullagh is a young professional violinist based in London. He has performed regularly as a soloist, highlights including Martinu Sinfonia Concertante with Southbank Sinfonia, conducted by Paul Daniel, Bach Double Concerto at the Musique Cordiale Festival in France, and Kodaly Duo at the Belle Serre Cello Festival in France. He is an experienced chamber musician, performing with the Gildas and Azzurra Quartets, London Concertante, and at venues like Wigmore Hall, Conway Hall, Purcell Room, and Jubilee Hall Aldeburgh. He is also an experienced orchestral musician, performing regularly with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, as well as recently enjoying trials for Tutti 1st Violin with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the RTE Concert Orchestra in Dublin. He studied at the Royal Academy with Lydia Mordkovitch and at the Brussels Conservatoire with Shirly Laub. He plays on a 1901 Thomas Hardy Violin. He is very grateful for the support of the Musicians’ Benevelont Fund he recieved in his year with Southbank Sinfonia Ayako Yamazaki (violin) first played for the society nearly 20 years ago having settled in London from her native Japan. A musician with vast experience in solo, ensemble and orchestral playing and representing her country recently in a Japanese Orchestra to create cultural links in Saudi Arabia, as a freelance musician, Ayako has worked with many eminent conductors including Sir Colin Davis, Yan-Pascal Tortelier, Lutz Koeler and Vladimir Ashkenazi at venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, St. John’s Smith Square and St. James Piccadilly Church, London. Katya Lazareva (viola) is an acclaimed violist specialising in solo and chamber repertoire. She has played several times for our chamber music ensemble. Born in 1985 in Belarus where her musical training started in the Republican Musical College at the Belarus State Academy of Music, she is a recent graduate of the Royal College of Music’s Artist Diploma course in Performance, led by the Professor of violin and viola, Yuri Zhislin. Since moving to London in 2009 she has performed at a number of solo and chamber recital venues including at Wigmore Hall, King’s Place. She is a member of various London orchestras, such as “London Chamber Players”, “I Maestri”, ”Arcadia Mundi’’, “Firebird” and “Russian Virtuosi of Europe”, performing at such places as Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, St. John’s Smith Square. She has frequently played as a soloist with the State Chamber Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus. Katya plays a viola made by luthier Luis Claudio Manfio in 2012. Marta Tobar (cello) is a professional musician based in London having been born in Spain.. Classically trained at the Royal Northern College of Music. Marta received support from the Spanish government that allowed her to pursue her career. Marta has appeared on BBC´s The Culture Show and BBC Radio 3 In Tune. 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 and now its string quartet.

Date: Fri Nov 17th 2017, 7:30–9:00 pm
Venue: St Botolph Without Bishopgate Church, Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3TL
Tel: 020 72374445
Organiser: Anglo-Japanese Society of Wessex

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