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Yuhka Nagai (violin) with Kei Takumi (piano)

Tue Mar 1st 2016, 1:15–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TJ


Hikaru Hayashi (1931-2012)
from Six Pieces - (Syohin Muttsu)

1) Lotus Blossom
2) Love Song
3)Counting Song  

4) Grass Mowing

Fantasia on 'The Last Rose of Summer' Op.15 (F.Mendelssohn) : piano solo Kei Takumi.

R. Schumann Romance no.2 Einfach, innig  from 3 Romances Op. 94

R. Schumann No.1 violin and piano sonata Op. 105 A minor:-

1) Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck
2) Allegretto

* Hikaru Hayashi (Hayashi Hikaru, October 22, 1931 – January 5, 2012)
was a contemporary Japanese composer, pianist and conductor.Born in Tokyo, he was the cousin of flautist Ririko Hayashi.

Hayashi entered Tokyo University of the Arts as a composition student but did not complete his studies. Studying under Hisatada Otaka, he produced many compositions including orchestral works. In particular, he was noted for his choral suite Scenes from Hiroshima (1958–2001).

In exploring the possibilities of Japanese language opera, Hayashi composed more than 30 operas. He was artistic director and resident composer of the Opera Theatre Konnyakuza. His oeuvre also includes symphonic works, works for band, chamber music, choral works, songs and more than 100 film scores. He was a frequent collaborator with film director Kaneto Shindo. Hayashi is the author of more than 20 books including Nihon opera no yume (The Dream of Japanese Opera).

In 1998 Hayashi won the 30th Suntory Music Award.

In September 2011, Hayashi collapsed in front of his home hitting his head. He was rushed to the hospital unresponsive.

Artist info:-

Yuhka Nagai

The International Japanese Violinist; Yuhka Nagai graduated in 2014 from the Royal Academy of Music, London, where she studied with Professor. Mayumi Fujikawa and completed an MA in Performance and Diploma LRAM (Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music). Yuhka also has BMus and MA degrees from Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo, Japan and later obtained a teaching qualification and worked as a music teacher at a local and high school.. She also worked at several music schools as a violin teacher while she was a masters student. At the same time, Yuhka was selected to play in Musashino Academia Symphony Orchestra as leader for 3 years, between 2007 and 2010.

In addition, she has played in variety of chamber music ensembles in Duo, Piano trio and Piano quartet configurations. As a violinist with the Piano Quartet “Blüte” she won third prize in the 1st Memorial Tokyo Art Centre Chamber Music competition and later this ensemble’s recital was sponsored by the Tokyo Art Centre. In April 2014 she participated in the Croydon Violin Competition as part of the Croydon Performing Arts Festival, where she was awarded a Certificate of Outstanding for her performance of the Glazunov Violin Concerto. She regularly teaches students and is passionate and enthusiastic in her approach, accumulating performance and experience here in the UK.

In summer 2014 she performed two lunch time concerts. The first one was at the Leatherhead Methodist Church in Leatherhead as a 2nd performance and the other one was at the All Saint’s Church in High Wycombe. Yuhka is devoted to playing music, focusing on the relation between her heart, mind and body and keen to introduce Japanese composer’s like;, Hikaru Hayashi to a wider UK audiences. Yuhka is currently researching different approaches to improve her musical performance using mental training techniques with Dr. Shuichi Tsuji

In 2014/2015 she continues with her studies with Professor. Mayumi Fujikawa at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London as a Violet Wright Scholar.She has been borrowing the violin, Ceruti from her school.

Kei Kakumi

Japanese concert pianist Kei Takumi was born in Aichi, Japan in 1992. He began to study the piano at the age of 3 and 15 years later graduated from the Supreme Course in Yamaha Music Foundation. During these years, he won the 2nd prize at the PTNA Piano Competition for Promising Pianists in 2011, the special mention at the Grieg International Piano Competition in 2010, and the silver prize at the 10th International Chopin Piano Competition in ASIA in 2009. In 2011, he moved to London to pursue his further studies at the Royal Academy of Music as a full scholarship student.

Kei was the youngest finalist of the prestigious Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in 2012, and was awarded the 6th prize as well as the Best Performer of the specially commissioned contemporary work. Since then, he has given over 20 piano recitals mainly in Nagoya. In Tokyo, he gave 6 recitals as a member of ‘Chanel Pygmalion Days Artists’ in 2014. Recently, he was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador of his hometown Kasugai-City.

He has performed with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra and Shibuya Symphony Orchestra.

In Tokyo he studied piano under Vera Gornostaeva and Hironao Suzuki at the Yamaha Music Foundation, and under Seizo Azuma at Tokyo University of the Arts. In London he studies with Professor Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music.

Venue: Bristol Cathedral

Bristol Cathedral (photo: Adrian Pingstone)

Bristol Cathedral is situated in the middle of the city at the bottom of Park Street. It was founded in 1140, but was built gradually over a period of 700 years. The Cathedral hosts numerous events and concerts throughout the year. Many of these are open to the public, and some are free, including the regular lunchtime concerts on Tuesdays.

Visit the Bristol Cathedral website.


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