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Chisato Kusunoki - Piano Recital

Fri Aug 31st 2012, 1:10–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St James's Church Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly London W1J 9LL


J.S Bach:  Partita No.1 in B flat major BWV 825
1. Prelude
2. Allemande
3. Courante
4. Sarabande
5. Minuet 1 - Minuet 2
6. Gigue

Nikolai Medtner: Sonata Reminiscenza Op.38 No1
Valentin Silvestrov: Kistch-Musik No.3 &No. 4(1977)
Frédéric Chopin: Scherzo No.2 Op.31

Artist info:-


Chisato Kusunoki

Chisato Kusunoki’s performances are highly regarded for their lyrical intensity and subtle virtuosity. She draws inspiration from all the composers she has studied from Bach to the present day.  Her performances are informed by an understanding of and affinity with such important composer pianists as Rachmaninoff, Godowsky and Medtner. The Times remarked on her ‘ wonderfully fleet and supple fingers, quick to locate the music’s inner voices, able to dapple and perfume…she’ll be heard from; she’s got it.’

Chisato was born in Germany and since 1993, she has lived in London.  She entered one of the most academic schools in UK, Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls where she was a music scholar.  She read music at University College, Oxford where she graduated with the prestigious Gibbs Prize in performance.  Whilst at Oxford she performed Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concerto to great acclaim. She completed her postgraduate performance diploma with distinction at the Royal Academy of Music, where she received a scholarship.  She studied with Nicholas Austin and Hamish Milne and has also worked with Dmitri Bashkirov, Alexander Satz, Rosalyn Tureck, James Gibb, Noriko Ogawa, Oxana Yablonskaya, Andrew Ball and Ronald Stevenson.

Chisato was a prize-winner at the Newport International Competition for Young Pianists, 2003.  She has won many awards and scholarships throughout her studies in the UK and has also played in many festivals including the Gyorgy Kurtag Festival.  She has played at many important venues including the Purcell Room, London, Holywell Music Room, St John’s Smith Square, London, Sheldonian Theatre, St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, Balliol College Music Society, the Mendelssohn Institute in Leipzig and at Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo.  She is also an active chamber musician and has performed with the Allegri String Quartet.  In 2003 she was invited to take part in a BBC Radio 3 programme featuring music by Chopin.  In 2004 the cellist, Alexander Chisato made her debut at the South Bank Centre, Purcell Room in January 2007 as a part of the prestigious Park Lane Group series of concerts. Later in 2007 she made her Wigmore Hall debut to great acclaim.  Her recording of works by Rachmaninoff, Medtner, Scriabin and Liapunov has just been released by Quartz Music label. Her future engagements will include recitals at important venues such as National Portrait Gallery London, St George’s Bristol, Victoria Concert Hall Singapore and Wigmore HallIvashkin invited Chisato to perform in the International Series at the Centre for Russian Music where she gave a lecture recital with Medtner scholar Francis Pott.

Her repertoire is extensive and ranges from the earliest keyboard masters to contemporary composers. She has an abiding love of the classics yet she also enjoys exploring less known works particularly by composers of the late romantic period.  She has made a special study of the music of Nikolai Medtner, on whose music she worked closely with Hamish Milne. Chisato is committed to contemporary music and has worked with several leading composers.  Her performance of Justin Connolly’s ‘Sonatina in Five Etudes’ was hailed by the composer.  She has a particular affinity for the music of Ronald Stevenson and has prepared several works under the guidance of the composer.  Stevenson has recently dedicated his ‘Nine Haiku’ to Chisato.  The composer David Hackbridge Johnson has dedicated several works to the pianist too. 

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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