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The Anglo-Japanese Society of Wessex presents 'SERENADE'

Sat Oct 19th 2019, 7:00–8:30 pm ◀ This event has finished
Holy Trinity Church, Rotherhithe Street, London SE16 5HF

‘‘Official event of the Japan Season of Culture”

FREE ENTRY (donations welcome) - Bar plus Tea - Coffee


1st half:-
Suk - Serenade for Strings in E flat major, Op.6

I. Andante con moto
II. Allegro ma non troppo e grazioso
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo presto

INTERVAL (refreshments available)

2nd half:-
Dvorak - Serenade for Strings in E Major, Op.22.

I. Moderato
II. Tempo di valse
III. Scherzo (Vivace)
IV. Larghetto
V. Finale (Allegro vivace)

Artist info:

The AJSW Chamber Music Ensemble (2019):-

Kanon Miyashita (Violin)

Kanon Miyashita is a 24-year-old Japanese violinist.  She started learning the violin at the age of 4 in Osaka and made her concerto debut when she was 14.

Kanon moved to the UK in September 2013 for her further studies.  She has completed the BMus (Hons) at the Royal College of Music, where she studied with Professor Itzhak Rashkovsky.  She is currently the first year of her Masters degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a Leverhulme Arts Scholar, studying with Professor Bartosz Woroch.

Kanon’s recent concerto performances include Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto (Op.64), both with the Southampton University Sinfonietta.  She participated in the Young Virtuosi Festival in 2016 and 2017, which has deepened her interest in chamber music.

Kanon plays on a violin by F. Leoni and gratefully acknowledges its loan from the GSMD.

Naori Takahashi (violin)

Naori Takahashi was born in Japan, in 1997. She is currently studying violin performance under Professor György Pauk at the Royal Academy of Music, where she receives the Leverhulme Trust Undergraduate Scholarship.

Awards and prizes received include a prizewinner at the Chiba International Junior Violin Competition, and Croydon Young Musician of the Year. Solo and chamber music recitals in recent years include venues such as: Walthamstow Hall, Fairfield Halls, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St. John Smith’s Square, and as part of the Marylebone and West Cork Chamber Music Festivals. Not only is she an active solo performer, but also an avid chamber musician. Concert highlights last season include a recital at the Leatherhead Methodist Church with her piano trio ‘Trio Pantoum’. She has also performed with many major conductors and orchestras

This September, she will be commencing her postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music for a Master of Arts degree.

Yuriko Matsuda (violin)

Yuriko Matsuda came to the UK at the age of 14 to study with Professor Arisa Fujita. In 2013 she was awarded a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School, which led to her participation in music festivals such as the Menuhin Festival Gstaad as well as a tour in Germany. She currently studies at Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Krzysztof Smietana, benefitting from a generous school scholarship. She is an enthusiastic solo, chamber and orchestral performer: recently she was selected to attend the Akoesticum Talent Programme in Holland, where she worked with David Dolan and Jan Talich, and participated in Orchestra Artistry workshops and side-by-sides with members of the London Symphony Orchestra. Last year she was invited as a guest leader of London Schools Symphony Orchestra for a concert at Barbican Concert Hall. She has won many prizes in Japan, including the third prize at Yokohama International Music Competition in 2016.

Gwyneth Nelmes (violin)

Gwyneth Nelmes is currently a student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama taking lessons from Professor Krzysztof Smietana. Although she was born in England in 1998, she spent the majority of her life growing up in New Zealand where her love for the arts first budded. She has since moved back to England to pursue a musical education and career in London. In New Zealand Gwyneth led and played in many orchestras, received Chamber competition awards and performed several solo pieces with orchestra. Such pieces include the Bruch Violin Concerto and Telemann's Violin Concerto in E major. She has recently added to the list Prokofiev's Violin Concerto no. 2, which she performed with conductor Paul Daniel. Gwyneth is also a great advocate of chamber music, and in 2016 went on a tour to Hong Kong with her string quartet where they gave several performances as well as a radio interview with Radio Television Hong Kong. She has an on going violin duet series that has performed in England, Israel and France.

Mei Fujisato (violin)

Born and raised in Osaka, Japan, Mei Fujisato began performing at the age of 4. She studied at Soai Junior Conservatory of Music from 2003 and played in various concerts. She received the Gold prize and Cultural award in the Infant Section at the Osaka International Music Competition and was chosen as a finalist. Throughout middle school, she played with Nishinomiya Strings for Children and Osaka Prefecture Medical Association Philharmonic and New England Music Festival. She has performed Brahms’ Violin Concerto and Sibelius’ Violin Concerto with DePauw Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the Concerto Competition. She has performed throughout Europe in such as Slovenia, Italy, Austria and the Czech Republic.In 2017, she received the John and Esther Browning Scholarship and Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award for her outstanding musicianship and in 2018, she graduated with a Performance Certificate and the Van den Thompson Award. Her teachers include Awaji Noda, Yoko Kitaura, Mina Tanaka, Erica Dicker, Tomotada Soh, and Tarn Travers and she is currently pursuing Master of Performance at Royal College of Music with Madeleine Mitchell.

Daichi Yoshimura (viola)

Born in Japan and raised in England, 21-year-old violist Daichi Yoshimura is in his third year of his Bachelor of Music degree at London’s Royal Academy of Music tutored by Juan-Miguel Hernandez, ex-violist in the legendary Fine Arts Quartet. Daichi has performed many solo recitals in England including at the Royal Albert Hall and Colston Hall. He has played in several masterclasses with the likes of Dimitri Murrath, Hartmut Rohde and Garth Knox. He was principal viola in the Academy Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions and has played the Mozart Oboe Quartet with members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Japanese Embassy. Prizes include the Mica Comberti Bach prize, Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition.

His string quartet at the RAM was awarded the coveted Davey-Posnanski scheme, enabling coaching from violin professor Richard Ireland. Masterclass’ included playing to the likes of Christoph Richter, Rafael Todes and Miguel Da Silva. Recent chamber music prizes include 2nd place for the Harold Craxton and Wolf Wolfenstein prize. He has performed solo and chamber recitals in Norway, Switzerland, France, America, Mexico and Canada.

Daichi is currently playing on a viola made by Helen Michestschläger, a distinguished viola maker based in Sale.

Otoha Tabata (viola)

 Japanese violist Otoha Tabata currently studies with Andriy Vitovych at the Royal College of Music London, where she has gained a full scholarship as a Soirée d’Or Scholar, kindly supported by the Ladies of the Soirée d’Or Committee. Recent competition successes include first prize in the North International Competition, and promotion prize in the Anton Rubinstein Viola Competition, and semi-finalist in the Cecil Aronowitz Viola Competition.
 She was accepted to the Yehudi Menuhin School aged 10, where her studies were supported by scholarship and the Music and Dance Scheme, and studied violin with Akiko Ono and viola with Boris Kucharsky from 2016. 

Performing internationally and across Europe, she has appeared in the Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw, and the Queen Elizabeth Hall among many others. In December 2017, Otoha performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with SongHa Choi and the Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Jonathan Butcher.

Her festival appearances include Wimbledon International Music Festival, AIMS, Virtuoso & Belcanto, Chamber Music Dolomiti, Manchester Music Festival and Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival’s Winter Workshop 2019, where she collaborated with Ani Kavafian, Kwan Yi, Emmanuel Gruber, and Ara Gregorian. She has received masterclasses from many artists including Bruno Giuranna, Lars Anders Tomter, Steven Tenenbom, Paul Cortese, Máté Sz?cs, Hsin-Yun Huang, Jennifer Stumm, Paul Coker, Louise Lansdown, and Thomas Selditz. Otoha performs on a Charles Boullangier viola, kindly lent by the Royal College of Music.

Shizuku Tatsuno (cello)

Cellist Shizuku Tatsuno is from Japan. In 2008, she won an Award for Excellence in the Kumanichi Student Music Competition and a year later in 2009, won First Prize. She went on to win an Award for Excellence in the Miyanichi Music Competition in 2010 and in the same year also received an Award for Excellence at the Minami-Nihon Music Competition, First Prize in the Kumanichi Student Music Competition, and the Grand Prize in the Kumanichi Grand Prix. In 2011, she co-performed in the 1st JASTA Fresh Concert both in the string orchestra and as a soloist. She held her first recital in 2012 and from 2013-2018 she held the Marie & Shizuku Duo Recital in Japan. She won the chamber music competition at RCM with her group, Salome Quartet. She has done some recitals with Salome Quartet in London since 2016. Also she has performed with Harlem Quartet at Royal College of Music. She graduated from the Yehudi Menuhin School, U.K. in July 2016. She is studying at Royal College of Music from 2016 and also she has a scholarship from the Royal College of Music. She is currently studying under the tutelage of Thomas Carroll and Raphael Wallfisch.

Tamaki Sugimoto (cello)

Tamaki Sugimoto –Biography (160)Cellist Tamaki Sugimoto is a recipient of various international prizes and performs extensively across the UK, Europe and Japan.Her recent concert venues include Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Purcell Room, Konzerthaus Berlin,Tokyo Bunka Kaikan and as a passionate chamber musician, she has appeared with artists including Yura Lee, Lisanne Soeterbroek, Michael Foyle, Julian Jacobson and Leonid Gorokhov. Her recent engagements include workingwith London Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Nagaokakyo Chamber Ensemble (Japan), The International Holland Music Sessions (Holland), Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchester (Germany), Lucca Classica Festival (Italy), Festival Resonances Academy (Belgium)and London Contemporary MusicFestival which has been recorded for BBC Radio 3. She previously graduated from the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama She is currently studying with Melissa Phelps at the Royal College of Music where she holds The Linbury Scholarship.Tamaki is truly grateful to The Linbury Trust, Stephen Bell Charitable Trust and Help Musicians UK for their generous support.

Venue: Holy Trinity Church

Holy Trinity Church:-

Holy Trinity Church is set in an ever changing part of the London Docklands, with new developments on the go or still on the drawing board. As such we also have an international community round-about us which is also ever changing, growing and developing.

At Holy Trinity Rotherhithe we try to stand as a place where the love of God is made known, where all feel welcomed and can belong. As a Church of England church our tradition might be described as liberal catholic, but our membership is made up of people from Pentecostal, Baptist, Methodist, Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox traditions.

Our congregation reflects the area with people whose country of birth is wide and varied, and who bring a richness of learning and experience. The first thing we emphasize is that it is by the grace and love of God that we are able to meet, and that we are Christians first before any denomination, tradition or nationality.

I hope that if you are ever visiting this part of London you may find here at Holy Trinity a church where the love of God is made know and in which you feel at home."

Yours in Christ,

Father Andrew Doyle, Vicar.

Visit the Holy Trinity Church website.