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Ayaka Tanimoto (mezzo-soprano) with Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas (guitar) and Kumi Matsuo (piano)

Mon Aug 13th 2012, 1:10–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St James's Church Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly London W1J 9LL


Jules Massenet: Va! Laisse couler mes Larmes (from Werther) with Kumi Matsuo

Georges Bizet: Près des remparts de Séville (from Carmen) with Kumi Matsuo

Fernando Obradors: El Vito with Kumi Matsuo

Joaquin Rodrigo: Folias Canarias with Ahmed Dickinson

Joaquin Rodrigo: Coplas del Pastor Enamorado with Ahmed Dickinson

Joaquin Rodrigo: Tres Canciones Españolas with Ahmed Dickinson

I). En Jerez de la Frontera II).Adela III).De Ronda

Joaquin Rodrigo: Aranjuez, ma pensée with Ahmed Dickinson

Edvard Grieg: Ein Traum with Kumi Matsuo

Franz Lehár: Hör ich Zymbalklänge (from Zigeunerliebe) with Kumi Matsuo

José Maria Gallardo del Rey: Cancion del amor with Ahmed Dickinson and Kumi Matsuo


Artist info:-

Ayaka Tanimoto


Born in 1987, Ayaka Tanimoto graduated from Royal College of Music gaining Bachelor of Music (Hon) in 2009, and Masters in Vocal Performance programme in 2011, studying with Patricia Rozario OBE. She has won numerous awards in Japan including 1st prize at MIE Music Competition, 3rd prize (1st&2nd N/A) at Classical Music Competition, Okada Cultural Foundation Scholarship, and Mie International Exchange Foundation Scholarship. Ayaka has recently won the 1st prize at the 3rd International Ernest Bloch Competition in London and is awarded an opportunity to perform with Hannover International Ensemble. She has performed in numbers of prestigious venues throughout London and Japan such as National Gallery, King's Place, and St. Martin in the Fields.

Her opera roles performed are title role of Carmen, Cherubino in Marriage of Figaro, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Tisbe in Cenerentola, 3rd boy in Magic Flute, Bianca in Rape of Lucretia, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel. She is also keen in performing contemporary music and has sung in a UK premier of an opera, Otohime by Japanese composer, Nobuya Monta, and was selected as a soloist in a UK premier of Laudate Dominum composed by Ko Matsushita. Her chorus experience with renown conductors include RCM BBIOS Opera production of Bartered Bride and Cosi fan Tutte conducted by Michael Rosewell, Beethoven's Symphony 9th and Britten's War Requiem, conducted by Martin André, Brahms' Requiem, conducted by Leif Segerstam, Bruckner's Te Deum, conducted by Bernard Haitink. She recently has sung 2nd boy and covered 2nd lady in Mozart's Magic Flute with Longborough Festival Opera.

Ayaka has been offered an unconditional offer to study in the opera school at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland from September 2012


Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas guitar

Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas is one of the finest young performers of the Cuban Classical Guitar School. He is a sophisticated virtuoso on his instrument and an ambassador of Cuban culture.

Born in Havana, Dickinson Cardenas graduated from the Superior Institute of Art (ISA Havana) in Guitar for which he was awarded a first-class honours degree, and also graduated a year early.   After graduating from ISA, Dickinson Cardenas made frequent festival appearances at Hispano-American Guitar Festival (Mexico), Dublin Guitar Week (Ireland) and Havana International Guitar Festival.


In 2005 Dickinson Cardenas went to England to study with Carlos Bonell and Chris Stell at the Royal College of Music winning prizes at the Royal College of Music Guitar Competition and the Ivor Mairant Guitar Competition. In 2006, supported by The Kramer-Chappell Scholarship and the Mad Hatters Club, he undertook further studies with Robert Brightmore at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.  


Since his arrival in the UK Dickinson Cardenas has been the recipient of numerous awards including Ashley Stewart Arts Sponsorship 2011, Concordia Foundation 2008-2009 and Ivor Mairants 2006. Performances at festivals in the last 5 years include London Classical Guitar Festival, Bath international Guitar Festival, The Sage Guitar Festival and Kings Place Music Festival,

For almost a decade Dickinson Cardenas had the privilege to work closely with the late Cuban guitar composer Jose Antonio (Ñico) Rojas. He single-handedly transcribed, learned and performed most of the old master’s unpublished works.

Dickinson Cardenas frequently collaborates with outstanding musicians from various musical spectrums. In Havana he led the Cuban Guitar Orchestra (Sonantas Habaneras) for 2 years, conducted by Jesus Ortega.  In September 2011, Dickinson Cardenas launched his fifth release, appearing with the Santiago Quartet on their debut album of music by Leo Brouwer, Javier Alvarez and Miguel del Aguila.

Dickinson Cardenas has been creating considerable media interest in recent times with interviews, reviews and profiles in many publications including Gramophone, The Strad, Jazzwise, The Sunday Times, Songlines Magazine, Classical Guitar Magazine, Time Out, MUSO and Classic FM Magazine.

Kumi Matsuo

 Kumi Matsuo was born in 1984 in Tokyo, Japan. In 2010, she gained an Artist Diploma from the Royal College of Music where she is continuing on the MMus programme. She is studying piano with John Blakely and Ashley Wass, harpsichord with Jane Chapman and fortepiano with Geoffrey Govier.  She received a Charles Napper Award and a Russell Gander Award. Since 2008, she has been generously supported by the Rohm Music Foundation.

Kumi studied at the Toho Gakuen High School of Music and the Toho Gakuen University of Music in Tokyo. In 2006, she won second prize at the 75th Music Competition of Japan and performed Liszt's Concerto No.1 with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Norichika Iimori. In 2008, she won third prize at the 22nd Cidade de Ferrol International Competition in Spain and performed Liszt's Concerto No.1 with the Galicia Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jordi Bernacer. In 2012, she was awarded first prize and the title of Competition Laureate at the finals of the 6th Isidor Bajic International Piano Competition in Novi Sad, Serbia. She played Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto with the Banatul Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gheorghe Costin.


In 2008, she performed Ravel's Piano Concerto for Left hand at Cadogan Hall with the RCM Sinfonietta conducted by Peter Stark, and in 2009, she performed Schnittke's Concerto Grosso at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with the RCM Chamber Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski playing both piano and harpsichord. In addition to these London venues, she has performed extensively throughout the UK and Japan, including the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James's Piccadilly, Bristol Cathedral, the National Gallery, Handel House Museum,Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Kioi Hall and Tokyo Bunka Kaikan.



Venue: St James's Church Piccadilly

St James Piccadilly (photo: Steve Cadman)

The church interior (photo: Steve Cadman)

St James's is an Anglican church which was designed and built by Sir Christopher Wren in the 17th century. William Blake was baptised here in 1757. The church holds regular concerts of both classical and contemporary music.

The church is situated between Piccadilly and Jermyn Street about 200 yards from Piccadilly Circus. The closest tube stations are Piccadilly Circus and Green Park.

For more information, visit the St James's Church website.


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