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Kumi Matsuo - Classical Piano Recital

Tue Sep 19th 2017, 1:05–1:50 pm ◀ This event has finished
Wesley's Chapel, 49 City Road, London EC1Y 1AU


J.S.Bach / S.Rachmaninov :

Prelude from Partita for Solo Violin No.3 in E major BWV 1006 transribed for piano

J.S.Bach / J. Brahms :

Chaconne in D Minor for the Left Hand only

(Bach's Violin Partita "Chaconne" arranged by J. Brahms )

Franz Liszt:

Grand études de Paganini (6 pieces together including the famous "La Campanella")

Artist info:-

Kumi Matsuo

Kumi Matsuo was born in Tokyo, Japan. Winner of the 5th Louisiana International Piano Competition in 2013, she has also won Second Prize at the 75th Music Competition of Japan in 2006, Third Prize at the 22nd Ferrol International Piano Competition in 2008 and First Prize at the 6th Isidor Bajic International Piano Competition in 2012.

Kumi graduated from the Toho Gakuen High School of Music and the Toho Gakuen University of Music in Tokyo. In 2007 she moved to London for her further study at the Royal College of Music where she gained an Artist Diploma and a Master of Music in Performance. Kumi studied piano with Jyoko Gondo, Mikhail Voskresensky, John Blakely and Ashley Wass and chamber music with Jan Repko. Her study was supported by the Charles Napper Award, the Russell Gander Award and the Rohm Music Foundation.

In 2008 Kumi won RCM concerto competition and gave her London debut playing Ravel's Piano Concerto for Left Hand in Cadogan Hall with RCM Sinfonietta conducted by Peter Stark. In 2009 she played Schnittke's Concerto Grosso No.1 with RCM Chamber Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski the Queen Elisabeth Hall and in 2012 she also performed Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto with RCM Symphony Orchestra under Martin André at the Royal College of Music. Kumi has played solo and chamber music in UK, USA, France, Holland, Poland, Romania, India and Japan and performed as a soloist with orchestras such as Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Galicia Symphony Orchestra, Banatul Symphony Orchestra, Rapides Symphony Orchestra, Constanza Symphony Orchestra and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. She gave her New York debut at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall in 2014 and gave her recital tour in Louisiana in 2015.

Kumi has recently finished the Anthony Saltmarsh Junior Fellow in Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music. Over the years Kumi has played many AJSW concerts.

The AJSW, in view of Kumi’s recent achievments, is especially proud to be associated with her through various concerts she has played for us and that she helped originate our ‘8hands on 2 pianos’ group ‘Inzpir8tion’.

Venue: Wesley's Chapel

Wesley’s Chapel was built in 1778 by John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. It was designed by the architect George Dance the Younger, the surveyor of the City of London. Wesley described his chapel as “perfectly neat but not fine” and it is a fine example of Georgian architecture. It was the first Methodist preaching house to allow for the celebration of Holy Communion.

In 1891 the chapel was transformed to commemorate the centenary of Wesley’s death. Jasper pillars were donated from Methodist churches around the world to replace the original ships’ masts donated by George III. Oak pews were also added and the stained glass too.

On November 1st 1978, after a five-year closure due to a serious structural problem, and exactly 200 years after Wesley opened the Chapel, the buildings were reopened in grand style in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh.

In 1989 Wesley’s Chapel and the nearby Leysian Mission joined together. Today the chapel is a thriving place, serving a membership of hundreds of people drawn from every continent of the globe. It has an active programme of community outreach work and receives thousands of pilgrims and visitors who come each year to visit the Mother Church of World Methodism.

Wesley’s Chapel works in a covenant relationship with the parish church of St. Giles, Cripplegate, and in the closest of relationships with local Roman Catholic, Welsh Presbyterian, and Quaker congregations. John Wesley famously said that he considered the whole world to be his parish. Nowadays, the whole world seems to live in his parish and many of them worship at the Chapel which bears his name.

Opening times
Monday to Saturday 10am – 4pm
Sunday (for those attending worship) 12:30pm – 1:45pm
Last admission to John Wesley’s House is 30 minutes before closing time.
Closed every Thursday between 12:45 & 1:30pm (for service), also Public & Bank Holidays, except for services (e.g. Good Friday, Christmas Day).

Public transport
Nearest Underground stations
Old Street (subway 2) (Northern Line City Branch)
Moorgate (Northern, Circle and Metropolitan Lines)
21, 43, 55, 76, 141, 205, 214, 243, 271
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Old Street, Moorgate, Liverpool Street, City ThamesLink