Megumi Rolfe (violin) with Belinda Jones (piano)


Bach: Sonata for violin and piano No.4 in C minor, BWV1017
I. Siciliano Largo II. Allegro III. Adagio IV. Allegro

Piazzolla: Histoire du Tango
a) Cafe
b) Nightclub

Karen Kachaturian: Violin Sonata Op.1
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Presto

Artist info:
A native of Japan, Megumi Rolfe (violin) has performed in venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Cadogan Hall, the Houses of Parliament and the Royal Hospital Chelsea. She has also played in Buckingham Palace in the presence of HRH the Prince of Wales. Her love for chamber music led her to take part in concerts in Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, Tokyo Alisto Hall and the Anglo-Japanese Society of Wessex Music Festival. Megumi was the fnalist in Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year 2007 which led her to perform in the Pitteville pump room in Cheltenham. She is a prize winner in the North London Festival, the Marlow Music Festival, the Ealing Music Festival, the Croydon Music Festival and the Springboard Festival performing Walton’s Violin Concerto at the latter. Megumi obtained her Masters degree at the Royal College of Music in 2011, generously supported by a Sir Peter and Lady Walters Scholarship and studying with Prof. Itzhak Rashkovsky. She has worked for the London Music Masters as a teaching assistant to Prof. Rashkovsky.

Her schedule in 2012-14 included a performance at Holt Festival, Gstaad Palace in Switzerland, Bruch’s frst Violin Concerto with the Boots Orchestra and with the Brighton Youth Orchestra, recitals in Bristol Cathedral, St. James Piccadily and the Schott Recital Hall for a premier of the Solo Violin Sonata No. 3 by David Hackbridge Johnson. Megumi was a violinist in the new album called ‘Light’ by the composer, Robert Power which was released in January 2014. She was dedicated Solo Violin Sonata No.4 by a composer David Hackbridge Johnson which she gave a premier performance in March 2015. She also performed Mendelssohn Concerto with Boots Orchestra in Nottingham in March 2015.

Megumi is the musician in residence of the Royal Marsden Hospital Chapel, Chelsea, and regularly organises and performs in concerts there. She also gives charity concerts in London in aid of development in Turkana, Kenya, and in 2011 played at a concert to raise money for the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Appeal in St. John’s Smith Square.

Megumi is very grateful for the generous support given by Sir Peter and Lady Walters, the Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, and to Mrs Yoshida for to use of her beautiful Italian violin made by Antonio Testore 1740.

Educated at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music with teachers including Ryzard Bakst, Ronan O Hora and Patsy Toh, London-born pianist Belinda Jones has recently finished a Masters with distinction at the Royal College of Music, studying with Simon Lepper and Roger Vignoles. Here, she held a full scholarship, kindly supported by the Claud and Margaret Craddy award and an AHRC award and was awarded a Junior Fellowship there for 2012/13.

Selected as an RCM Rising Star, Belinda is much in demand as an artist, winning numerous competitions including the MBF Megan Foster prize at the Maggie Teyte competition, as well as prizes in the Lies Askonas, Major Van der Pump and RCM Schumann competitions and has been selected as a Samling Foundation artist. She has made her debut at the Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall and was invited to play at the Moscow Festival. Other performance highlights include the Oxford Lieder Festival, Southbank Centre’s Bernstein Festival at the Royal Festival Hall with Marin Alsop, St James Piccadilly and concerto appearances at the Fairfield Halls and the Bridgewater Hall. She has appeared on BBC Radio 3 and recorded with violinist Ning Feng for Intermusica She is looking forward to upcoming appearances at St Martin in the Fields and the Sage, Gateshead.

Date: 30 October 2015, 1:15 pm to 2:00 pm
Venue: Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TJ
Tel: 020 72374445
Organiser: Anglo-Japanese Society of Wessex

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