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Mizuki Shindo (flute) with Kayoko Sugimura (piano)

Fri Aug 31st 2012, 1:00–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Paul’s, Covent Garden ('The Actor's Church'), Bedford Street London, WC2E 9ED


Marin Maris : Variations from Les Folies d'Espagne (Flute Solo)

Friedrich Kuhlau  :  Introduction and Rondo Op.98 for Flute and Piano

Robert Schumann : Three Romances Op.94 for Flute and Piano:-
     1) Nicht Schnell  2) Einfach Innig  3) Nicht Schnell

Astor Piazzolla : Invierno Porteno (Flute & Piano)

Muramatsu Takatsugu : Earth (Flute & Piano)

Charles-Marie Widor : Suite Op.34 for Flute and Piano
     1) Moderato  2) Scherzo 3) Romance  4) Final.Vivace


Artist info:-

Mizuki Shindo was born in Japan and started playing the flute at the age of nine. She was awarded BMus at the Tokyo University of the Arts in 2010 and graduated MMus from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2011 where she studied with Ian Clarke, Philippa Davies and Sharon Williams. At the Guildhall, she studied the orchestra course doing the 'Side-by-Side' scheme with the London Symphony Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra. She also studied with Mathieu Dufour in Chicago where she won the position of the Orchestra Academy of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the youngest age in 2008.

She has been invited to a large number of music festivals such as the Kyoto French Music Academy, Hamamatsu International Music Festival, and Kirishima International Music Festival, where she has studied with Emily Beynon since 2004. She was awarded the Kirishima International Music Prize from Emily Beynon in 2009, and recieved a scholarship in 2011. She has also played as a flutist in the Kirishima Music Festival Orchestra with her since 2004.

Mizuki has played as a principal flutist under Sir Colin Davies, Marc Andreae, Gerhard Bosse, James Gaffigan, Paul Wynne Griffiths, Tatsuya Shimono, and Kenichiro Kobayashi,and she was appointed a Co-Principal flautist of Southbank Sinfonia, London in 2012.

A keen chamber musician, she has given many chamber concerts in Japan and the UK especially as a member of Himawari Winds(Wind Quintet), Sage Trio(Fl,Cl&Pf) and Trio Frange(Fl,Sax&Pf). She has also done collaborating projects with dancers and actors including with her improvisation performances in London. Her performances have been given at many prestigious venues including Barbican Hall, Cadogan Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Opera House, and Royal Albert Hall.

Mizuki has been awarded numerous prizes in competitions including 1st prize at the Contemporary Music Competition (Japan, 2010), 2nd prize at the 54th Japan Student Music Competition, and Finalist of Croydon Concerto Competition and the 5th Tokyo Music Competition (2007). She has performed as a soloist with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra , Guildford Symphony Orchestra, and Croydon Symphony Orchestra, and will perform J. Ibert Concerto with Southbank Sinfonia this coming September


Kayoko Sugimura

Kayoko Sugimura was born in Yamaguchi, Japan and began learning the piano at the age of 3. She graduated from Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo where she specialized in ensemble piano performance from the third year. Here she played with many instrumentalists and singers, finding a particular affinity with the string repertoire. Performance highlights included playing the piano part in Hindemith’s viola sonata op.11-4 in her final exam of the ensemble course, for which she gained the highest marks. Kayoko has also played in larger ensembles, including quintet, quartets and trios.

She won the first prize at the TYS Yamaguchi Piano competition in January 2010, and got a special prize at the same time. She also had the chance to join a master class and give a solo concert.

Kayoko was recently awarded first prize in the Royal Academy of Music’s “Wilfrid Parry Prize” for the best performance of a Brahms Duo Sonata. She performed many lunch time concerts include Windsor Parish Church and St. George’s Parish Church in Beckenham with each flautist and violinist. Also she performed in a charity concert for Japanese earthquake, and raised money to the Red Cross.

This summer, Kayoko has graduated from Royal Academy of Music in June 2012 which she majored piano accompaniment as MA student, studying with Michael Dussek.

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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