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'Inzpir8tion' - 8 Hands on 2 Pianos with AJSW Chamber Ensemble

Fri May 31st 2013, 7:30–9:30 pm ◀ This event has finished
St James's Church Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly London W1J 9LL

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To include:-     W A Mozart:- ' Marriage of Figaro Overture' 
                          F. Schubert: 6 Celebrated Marches
                          Selection from JS Bach  Orchestral Suite No 3                      
                          C Saint-Saens:- Danse Macabre
                          A. Rosenblatt:- Japanese Fantasia & other pieces.

Inzpir8tion (8 Hands On 2 Pianos):-

The AJSW Society '8 hands on 2 pianos' own group that originated from the AJSW '15th Anniversary concert at St George's, Bristol November 10th 2011 to its own full debut concert at the same venue there November 29th 2012 to wide acclaim and leading to its London debut at St James, Piccadilly May 31st 2013 where it will play its St George's debut concert programme. Four brilliant Japanese female pianists coming together to explore the repertoire of primarily 8 hands compositions and arrangements for an AJSW promotional spectacular not-to-be-missed evening presentation. 

Yukiko Shinohara            Hiroko Yamamoto              Mayumi IIda                 Nao Maebayashi

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To include:-    Mozart Divertimento in D
        Czardas (Vittorio Monte)
                        A. Borodin:- Notturno from String Quartet No 2

AJSW Chamber Music Ensemble:-

As with the AJSW '8 hands on 2 pianos' group 'Inzpir8tion', the 'AJSW Chamber Music Ensemble' originated at the society '15th Anniversary' concert at St George's, Bristol on November 10th 2011. Some of its recordings can be heard on our Home Page presentation (and links to other tracks). Predominantly Japanese musicians with other musicians from all over the world reflecting their  integration into the AJSW classical music programme. , It is ably led and directed by violinist Kazue Yanagida. Its addition to the May 31st 2013 St James, Piccadilly evening concert promises a unique and ground breaking London debut concert for both groups helping spread the message of the AJSW and its established place in the world of Anglo-Japanese cultural friendship and understanding which was never about promoting Japan and its people; it is about a welcome to those we do not always understand but can, nevertheless, appreciate for what we both share. Music is the international language that breaks down all international borders. The simple pleasure of setting aside past conflicts and sharing the same place to relax to watch and hear that which shows us that we have the same laughter and the same tears for that which moves us.

Leader of the AJSW Chamber Music Ensemble:-

Kazue Yanagida

Kazue Yanagida is a Japanese violinist born in Tokyo. She began her studies with Noriko Miki at the age of five and soon went on to take part in masterclasses by Dr Shin-ichi Suzuki (the founder of the Suzuki Method) and William Primrose who praised her talent and to study with a prominent violinist Toshiya Eto of the Toho Gakuen College of Music.

She came to England in 1988 to study at the Royal Academy of Music where she graduated with First Class Distinction for the violin performance having won two first prizes of violin competitions at the RAM, Alfred J Waley Violin Prize and Winifred Small Solo Violin Prize. During her time at the RAM she was under the guidance of Howard Davis and Zakher Bron and the Amadeus Quartet for chamber music. She has participated in many masterclasses including by Ruggiero Ricci, Ida Haendel and Anne-Sophie Mutter and was also a prizewinner of the Anglo-Czechoslovak Music Trust. She was given the honour of a loan of a prestigious Grancino violin from the RAM.

Having studied further for four years with Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she gained a Diploma of Advanced Instrumental Studies, she has given many concerts in the UK and abroad and made several concerto appearances. She has played as sub-principal in the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and worked with Sir Colin Davis, Tadaaki Otaka, Mark Wigglesworth, Alfred Brendel, Stephen Kovacevich and Freddy Kempf at venues such as the Barbican Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. She has also lead the Cosmos Ensemble that gave a world premiere performance of Dai Fujikura’s “Shadow’s Light”.

Kazue’s concert in October 2010 at St Dunstan in-the-West was broadcast by TV Shizuoka in Japan.

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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