Duport Ensemble


Beethoven Trio Op.9 in D major
I. Allegretto
II.Andante quasi allegretto
III. Menuetto
IV. Rondo

David Matthews: Trio No.1
I. Allegro aperto
II.Vivacissimo, e ritmico
III. Poco adagio, con tenerezza
IV. Allegro come prima

Sibelius: Trio in G minor


Kodály: Intermezzo for String Trio

Dohnányi: Serenade in C major Op.10
I. Marcia
III. Scherzo: Vivace
IV: Tema con variazione
V. Marcia

Artist info:
Formed by three award winning soloists, the Duport Ensemble explores the extraordinary repertoire of string trios. The members collectively have appeared in major venues throughout the U.K., Europe and Asia, and as chamber musicians they have worked with the Kreutzer Quartet, Stephan Picard and Nobuko Imai. The ensemble was named after the cellist Jean-Louis Duport, whose performances were of inspiration to Beethoven. From the works written by Mozart, Beethoven to the works written by composers of today, the ensemble has fostered great interest to communicate these works to a wider audience.

Midori Komachi, Japanese-born violinist, has performed as a soloist and chamber musician extensively throughout Europe and Japan.

Midori studied in Basel, Switzerland at the age of 12 where she was named a “Young Talented Student” at the Basel Music University. Subsequently she made her debut as a soloist with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Howard Griffiths. Since then she has appeared in some of the prestigious venues, including Tonhalle Zurich (Switzerland), Muza Kawasaki (Japan), Philharmony Warsaw (Poland), Wigmore Hall, St.Martin-in-the-Fields, St.George’s Bristol (UK). She has also given recitals at festivals in the UK, including the Norfolk and Norwich Festival in 2012, as well as festivals in France, Holland and Hungary.

In October 2012, Midori completed her Master of Music degree with Distinction at the Royal Academy of Music, where she has been supported by the Seary Charitable Trust and the William Barry Trust. In 2010 she received her Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours from RAM. Over these years she studied with Maurice Hasson and Tomotada Soh.

Midori is a recipient of numerous prizes, including the Friends of RAM/Honorary Patrons’ Development Award, Max Pirani Prize, Sir Arthur Bliss Prize and MBF Emerging Excellence Award. As an active chamber musician, she has performed alongside renowned artists such as the Kreutzer Quartet, Stephan Picard and Nobuko Imai.

Along with her performing career, Midori has founded various concert projects based on several research topics. In 2012, her Delius Project culminated in a series of her concerts in London, Cambridge and Tokyo. This project was featured in the Arts & Collections International Magazine and the Nikkei Newspaper (Financial Times) in Japan. In January 2013 she was awarded the Delius Society Certificate for her performances of the Delius Violin Sonatas.

As the recipient of the Emerging Excellence Award 2012 from the Musicians Benevolent Fund, Midori has developed a cultural exchange project in UK and Japan, working with composers from both countries.

Forthcoming engagements include her first album recording in Chicago during October 2013, and series of concerts in London and Tokyo during Winter 2013.

Diana Mathews pursues an active performing career as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. She studied with Yuko Inoue and Matthew Souter at the Royal Academy of Music where she gained a BMus with First Class Honours and MMus with Distinction. Prizes include the Theodore Holland Prize, Sidney Griller Memorial Prize, the Alfred Gibson Prize and the Kenneth Page Foundation Viola Competition.

Diana has a keen interest in contemporary music and enjoys working alongside composers. Works dedicated to her include Richard Bullen’s ‘Rite’ for solo viola and Roger Carter’s ‘Deep Thoughts’ for viola and piano. She has also performed in the World Premiere of American composer, Michael Rose’s ‘Hopeful Monsters’ as well as giving the UK Premiere of his Third Viola Sonata, ‘The Pedagogy of Grief’.

Solo performances include Martinu’s Rhapsody-Concerto with the Isis Chamber Orchestra, Berlioz’ “Harold in Italy” with Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola with the Haydon Chamber Orchestra. Diana loves bringing beautiful yet lesser known works to her audiences, and in line with this, performed, alongside Gustav Holst’s ‘Lyric Movement’, Imogen Holst’s ‘Joyce’s Divertimento’ with the Tudor Orchestra.

As a recitalist, Diana’s performances, with her duo partner Jonathan Beatty (piano), have included concerts for the Concerts in the West recital series, the Music and Wine at St Luke’s Brighton Series, at Warwick Arts Centre and for the Oxshott and Cobham Music Society.

As a chamber musician Diana is a regular guest artist with the Kreutzer Quartet, leader Peter Sheppard-Skaerved and she has participated in the London Festival of Chamber Music playing with the English String Quartet, leader, Diana Cummings.

Diana freelances with various orchestras including the Royal Opera House Orchestra.

Diana plays on a Pietro Antonio Testore viola (1780).

Catherine Lee started playing the piano at the age of five and took up cello aged ten. She spent childhood in Saudi Arabia, South Korea and New Zealand before moving to the U.K at the age of thirteen where she was awarded a scholarship to study at The Purcell School.

Following five years at The Purcell School, Catherine moved to Germany and studied at the Musikhochschule Saar gaining a Diploma in Music. Receiving the ‘St Albanstift Scholarship’ in 2009 supported her Bachelor of Music studies at the Music Academy Basel, Switzerland and in 2012 Catherine received Master of Music degree from the State University of Music & Performing Arts Stuttgart, Germany.

She is a recipient of various awards and scholarships; among them are from the Young International Janigro Competition (Croatia), Richard Wagner Foundation (Germany), Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Stuttgart, Albert Hanggi Foundation (Switzerland) and Bruno Meindl Foundation (Germany).

Catherine’s main teachers include Gustav Rivinius, Ivan Monighetti, Elena Cheah, Ulrich Voss and Leonid Gorokhov. Further artistic inspiration came from participating in masterclasses with musicians such as David Geringas, Thomas Demenga, Troels Svane, Ralph Kirshbaum, Frans Helmerson, Zvi Carmeli, Eduard Brunner and Maria Kliegel.

As a keen music outreach performer, Catherine frequently performs in many fundraising concerts and also in hospices, hospitals and schools through organisations Live Music Now and Music in Hospitals. She also actively volunteers for AmazonArt, a charity giving free musical education to children in deprived parts of Brazilian Amazon and throughout latin America.

Catherine currently lives in London where she divides time between performing and teaching at St Aloysius College, Highgate. Since Autumn 2013 she is also studying at Accademia di Musica Pinerolo in Italy with Trio Debussy.

Date: Sun Dec 15th 2013, 3:00 pm
Venue: The Shakespeare Institute, Mason Croft, Church St., Stratford-On-Avon, CV37 6HP
Ticket: £16 Adults – £5 Students (available on the door) http://www.stratfordchambermusic.co.uk (Tickets are also available in advance from the Stratford-on-Avon Civic Hall Box Office (01789 207100))
Tel: 020 72374445
Email: godfreyking316@btinternet.com
Web: www.ajsw.org.uk
Organiser: Anglo-Japanese Society of Wessex

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