Manda Dorj with Claire James – 4hands on one piano


G. Faure (12 May 1845 – 4 November 1924):- Dolly Suite
J. Brahms ( 7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897):- 16 waltzes
C. Debussy ( 22 August 1862 – 25 March 1918):- Marche Ecossaise

Artist info:
Mandakhtuya Dorj started her musical career at the age of five. She later attended Music and Dance College in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia before arriving in the UK to continue her studies at the Junior Academy of the Royal Academy of Music, London. Manda was fortunate enough to receive a full scholarship for duration of her four year course and during her time at the Academy, studied with Professor Patsy Toh.

As a soloist, Manda has many well received recitals at the Duke’s Hall at the Royal Academy of Music, Salvation Army Hall in Oxford Circus in London, RNCM Concert Hall, Holland Park School for Mikhail Gorbachev, and Festival Hall in Mongolia in front of the president of Mongolia.

Manda is keen to explore contemporary piano repertoire. Her recent well received recital was playing George Crumb Makrokosmos Vol.1 at the RNCM American Festival. During the time at the RNCM, Manda has learnt so much through participating in all the music festivals and as well as attending the master classes from the top artists such as Andras Schiff, Imogen Cooper, Alfred Brendel, Steven Osbourne and Steven Hough. In February 2010, she had the privilege to meet Murray Perahia at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.

She has won numerous international prizes in Mongolia, France and in the UK. Her BMus Degree at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, was complete under the tutelage of the Deputy Head of Keyboard Study, Helen Krizos.

In her spare time, Manda likes to travel, read books, hike in the countryside with friends and family.

Manda is currently living and working in London.

Claire James grew up in Lincolnshire where she began learning the piano and flute at an early age. She gained Grade 8 piano at the age of 13, Grade 8 flute at the age of 14 and by 2006 had achieved the ABRSM Diploma in Piano Performance. In 2011, Claire graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a First Class honours degree, having studied piano with Sallyann McLeod. In the same year, she won the RNCM John Ireland Prize and the Principle’s Prize for Improvisation. She has had lessons with Phillipe Cassard, Nelson Goener and Michel Beroff and has performed across the UK. Claire is also a keen jazz pianist who has had master classes with Kenny Wheeler and Nikki Iles. She has performed with Tina May, Jiggs Whigham, John Taylor, Gwilym Simcock and Diana Torto and her trio have appeared at the Manchester Jazz Festival and the London Jazz Festival, as well as during the BBC Proms Plus Series which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. The Claire James Trio EP was released on the Manchester-based Epfi label, and waswell received nation-wide.

Date: Tue Feb 3rd 2015, 1:15–2:00 pm
Venue: Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TJ
Tel: 020 72374445
Organiser: Anglo-Japanese Society of Wessex

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