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Midori Komachi - (violin) with Kumi Matsuo (piano)

Thu Aug 30th 2012, 1:00–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Paul’s, Covent Garden ('The Actor's Church'), Bedford Street London, WC2E 9ED


Claude Debussy:- Sonata for violin and piano in G minor

  1. Allegro vivo

  2. Intermède: Fantasque et léger

  3. Finale: Très animé

Maurice Ravel:- Sonata for violin and piano in G major
1. Allegretto
2. Blues: Moderato
3. Perpetuum mobile: Allegro

Manuel de Falla arr. Kreisler:-
La Vida Breve: Danse Espagnole

Artist info:-

Midori Komachi

Midori Komachi

Midori Komachi (violin) has performed internationally as a soloist and a chamber musician in countries including U.K., Swizterland, Japan, Poland, France, Croatia and Holland.Midori studied in Basel, Switzerland at the age of 12 where she was named a “Young Talented Student” at the Basel Music University. Subsequently she made her debut as a soloist with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Howard Griffiths. Since then she has appeared in major venues around the globe, including Tonhalle Zurich (Switzerland), Muza Kawasaki (Japan), Philharmony Warsaw (Poland), Wigmore Hall, St.Martin-in-the-Fields, St.George's Bristol (UK).

Midori is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Maurice Hasson,where she is supported by the Seary Charitable Trust and the William Barry Trust. In 2010 she received her Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours from RAM, and is now undertaking the Master of Music degree. She is a recipient of numerous awards from the Royal Academy of Music, including the Friends of RAM/Honorary Patrons' Development Award, and a Junior Award from the Hattori Foundation. Midori has won 1st prize in competitions such as the Max Pirani Prize, and recently the Sir Arthur Bliss Prize as a member of the Toki Quartet.

 As an active chamber musician, she has worked and performed alongside renowned artists such as the Kreutzer Quartet, Stephan Picard, Nobuko Imai and Stephan Forck. Since 2010 she has been a member of the Toki Quartet, a group which has been frequently performing in venues throughout the UK. Together with her quartet, she has founded a cultural exchange project titled Harmony of Cultural Sounds taking place in UK and Japan throughout 2012. Forthcoming engagements include series of concerts in Autumn 2012 on her Delius project, tour in Japan with the Toki Quartet in October 2012, and a recording project of her album in USA in Spring 2013.


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 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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