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Ryoko Harada (violin) and Akiko Sakuma (piano)

Wed Jan 20th 2010, 1:15 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Dunstan-in-the-West, 186a Fleet St, London, EC4A 2HR


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Ryoko Harada

Ryoko Harada was born in Tokyo and started her musical studies with the piano at the age of three and violin at the age of four under the teachings of Kaoru Yamada and Kyoko Suzuki. She entered the Toho Gakuen School of Music in 2003, where she studied with Professor Tomoko Kato. She has also had master classes with Masao Kawasaki, Werner Hink, Daniel Gaede, Sadao Harada and Tokyo String Quartet at summer festivals worldwide.

Ryoko has been awarded with many prizes such as the gold prize of the International Music and Art Festival in Asia in 2005 and the first prize of the AJAA Music Society Violin Competition in 2007. She is also a keen chamber and an orchestra musician, having performed in England, Spain, China and Japan. She is a member of the renowned Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-Juku Orchestra and the Saito Kinen Chamber Music Study Group for Young People since 2006.

Ryoko is a recipient of a scholarship from Rohm Music Foundation in Japan since 2008, the Elizabeth Willmore and Belmore Woodgate Scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Professor Tomotada Soh and had graduated the Postgraduate Diploma in Performance, been awarded with DipRAM, in 2009 and currently she is in Guildhall Artist Masters – Performance (orchestra training course) and learning with Professor Detlef Hahn at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Akiko Sakuma

Akiko Sakuma started her musical studies in the U.S.A. at the age of four with Katsurako Mikami and Katherine Collier. She has studied with Alan Weiss in Belgium, Minoru Nojima and Mikhail Voskresensky in Japan. In 1998 she performed in the Gala Concert at the Brussels Music Festival. In 2002, she participated in the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan and played in “Argerich’s Young Pianists” by recommendation of Martha Argerich. She has won several prizes and awards including first prize in the 55th Student Music Competition of Japan (high school division) and the Nomura Award in 2001, 1st prize in the 2009 Clé d’Or Competition in France, and 3rd prize in the 2009 Poland International Music Festival Competition. She graduated from Toho Gakuen School of Music (Tokyo, Japan) in 2007 and now studies with Olivier Gardon and Eric Le Sage at Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris (France). She has performed and given recitals in Japan, Belgium, Austria, Poland and France.

Venue: St Dunstan-in-the-West

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The church of St. Dunstan in the West dates back to circa 1070 AD, and the present building was completed in the early 19th century.

The nearest tube stations are Chancery Lane (Central line) and Temple (Circle and District line).

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