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Masayuki Tayama - Plays Rachmaninov

Thu Aug 9th 2012, 1:00–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Paul’s, Covent Garden ('The Actor's Church'), Bedford Street London, WC2E 9ED


S. Rachmaninov:-

Morceaux de Fantaisie, Op.3

 No.1 Élégie in E-flat minor
 No.2 Prélude in C-sharp minor
 No.3 Mélodie in E major
 No.4 Polichinelle in F-sharp minor
 No.5 Sérénade in B-flat minor

22 Variations on a Theme by Chopin, Op.22

Prelude in G sharp minor, Op.32 No.12

Humoresque in G major, Op.10 No.5

Artist info:-

Masayuki Tayama

Masayuki Tayama, one of today's most accomplished pianists, is much in demand across Europe and Japan. He first came to prominence when he won First Prize in the Takahiro Sonoda International Piano Competition in Japan, followed by numerous top prizes in Europe, including the Birmingham International Piano Competition. Tayama studied at the Toho University of Music in Japan, and subsequently in London on a Fellowship from the Japanese Government, where he was awarded the Performer's Diploma with Honours from both the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Tayama regularly gives solo recitals at eminent London concert venues such as the Wigmore Hall and the South Bank's Purcell Room. His recent performances with orchestra, notably at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Cadogan Hall, the Fairfield Halls, St John's, Smith Square and at the Last Night of the St Jude's Proms, include all the Piano Concertos by Brahms and Rachmaninov.

He has earned an enviable reputation as a Rachmaninov specialist - and is currently in the midst of a project to record Rachmaninov's complete works for solo piano. His first recording of the two Rachmaninov sonatas was chosen by Stereo magazine as one of the Best Recordings of the Month, and his second CD of the complete Rachmaninov Etudes-Tableaux and Morceaux de Fantaisie has recently been released.

Tayama is much sought after as a teacher and adjudicator. He is a Professor at the Elmitt Piano Academy, where he gives regular Master Classes and Lecture-Recitals. He is also one of the youngest faculty members at Chetham's School of Music, and regularly gives solo recitals and Master Classes at the Chetham's International Summer School and Festival for Pianists.

His forthcoming performances include Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Hillingdon Philharmonic Orchestra, and Listz’s Totentanz at St John’s, Smith Square in London. 

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Venue: St Paul’s, Covent Garden ('The Actor's Church')

St Paul’s, Covent Garden (photo: Steve Cadman)

St Paul’s Church dates back the 1630s, and was the first entirely new church to be built in London since the reformation. It is widely known as the Actors’ Church due to its long-standing connections with local theatres, including the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane and the Covent Garden Theatre (now the Royal Opera House). In Samuel Pepys’ diary, the church is mentioned as the venue of London’s first ever Punch and Judy show.

Nearest Tube stations: Leicester Square and Covent Garden


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