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Haru Ushigusa (violin) with Kumi Matsuo (piano)

Thu Aug 23rd 2012, 1:00–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St Paul’s, Covent Garden ('The Actor's Church'), Bedford Street London, WC2E 9ED


Bach:- Partita No.1 B minor Sarabande and Double

Paganini:- Caprice No.24

Schumann:- Violin Sonata No.1 A minor
(Allegro Appassionato, Allegretto, Allegro con brio)

Brahms:- Scherzo in C minor from F.A.E sonata

Artist info:- 

Haru Ushigusa

Haru Ushigusa is currently at the Royal Academy of Music studying violin with Prof. Tomotada Soh and viola with James Sleigh. She started to play the violin at the age of 5, and completed the master course of violin at Toho Music High School in Japan. In 2004 She won second prize at the Student Mainichi Music Concourse and had a recital at Kioi Hall in Tokyo. She also received prizes at the Royal Academy of Music, including the Waterhouse Prize, Michaela Comberti Prize, Winifred Small Solo Violin Prize and a Foundation Award. In 2010, she performed at St Dunstan-in-the-West Church and Bristol Cathedral.

She has been supported by the Rohm Music Foundation since 2008, and has been accepted into the postgraduate programme of the Royal Academy of Music with a scholarship.


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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