Ayako Yamazaki (violin) Kiyo Takahashi (piano) / Marta Tobar (cello) Richard Gillies (piano)

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Programme:
Ayako Yamazaki (violin) with Kiyo Takahashi (piano):
a) G Minor Debussy Violin Sonata:-
I. Allegro vivo
II. Intermède: fantasque et léger
III. Finale: très animé
b) Falla:- Spanish Dance ‘La Vida Breve’

Marta Tober (cello) with Richard Gillies (piano):
The Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40
Movements: 1-Allegro non troppo, 2–Allegro, 3–Largo, 4-Allegro

Artist info:
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.

Ayako is leader of the AJSW Chamber Music Ensemble.

Winner of the “Steinway Prize in the Dudley International Piano Competition” in 2003, Kiyo Takahashi was born in Hong Kong, and started studying piano at the age of 5. After moving to Tokyo, as child, she began to study with Junko Ikeya and started to receive prizes at local competitions. She was then selected to perform at the Young Artist Concert series in Yokohama in1999.
She gained a Bachelor of Music degree from Tokyo College of Music and moved to London, where she completed a Mmus degree at the Royal Academy of Music, studying harpsichord and fortepiano, as well as the piano.
She also studied jazz piano with Bruce Stark, the well-known composer and pianist, and performed in joint recitals with percussionists in Cape Town, South Africa, as well as perfoming in a concert series with the percussionist Magda de Vries.
Although Kiyo’s interpretations and performances of contemporary pieces are what some people know her for, from a young age she has been very interested in the works of J.S. Bach. She has a deep interest in baroque music and has developed a remarkable repertoire, often focused on interpretations of pieces written for harpsichord and fortepiano. In 2002 she won the “Sterndale Bennett Prize” performing pieces by J.S. Bach.

Among Kiyo’s other accomplishments, she has recorded pieces of Satie and Ravel for the short film “Desire” directed by the Japanese film director, Rica Shinobu; she has performed at the Vatican (St. Peter’s Basilica) for “The festival of the Pope” in 2008; and she also performed several Piano Concertoes by Mozart and Chopin with Francesco Petrarca Orchestra of Venice.
Kiyo has been taught by Aaron Shorr and Noretta Conci-Leech, and she has attended numerous master classes in Tokyo, the USA, Italy, Germany, and the UK, including the “Aspen Music Festival”, the “Bach Festival in Stuttgart”, and the “Academia Musicale Chigiana” in Siena, Italy.
Kiyo has been resident in London since 2012.

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.

Richard Louis Gillies graduated with a BA in Music and an MA in piano performance from the University of Bristol where he studied under Raymond Clarke. He is currently preparing for a PhD at the University of Manchester where he will be studying with Professor David Fanning. Richard’s main interests lie in the research and performance Soviet-Russian music. Recent recitals have included Prokofiev’s piano sonatas nos. 2, 7 and 9, a selection of Shostakovich’s Preludes and Fugues, and a number of works by the little-known Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov.

Date: Tue Aug 4th 2015, 1:15–2:00 pm
Venue: Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TJ
Tel: 020 72374445
Email: godfreyking316@btinternet.com
Web: www.ajsw.org.uk
Organiser: Anglo-Japanese Society of Wessex

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