Wednesday February 21st 7.30 pm
Ariana Kashefi (cello)
Kumi Matsuo (piano)
Beethoven: Cello sonata in D Op 102 no 2 (1st movt)
Deborah Pritchard: 'From Night'
Rachmaninov: Cello sonata in G minor (3rd movt)
Beethoven: Cello sonata in C Op 102 no 1
Gluck: 'Melodie' from Orpheo.
SongHa Choi (violin)
Svitlana Kosenko (piano)
Paganini: Caprices (selected)
Sibelius: Violin concerto
Wieniawski: Variations on an original theme
Admission free with retiring collection. No tickets issued beforehand
British cellist Ariana Kashefi (born 1991) is in high demand as a chamber musician and soloist. She studied at the junior department of the Royal Academy of music and at the Royal College of Music, as a scholar. She won the cello prize in her first year at the RCM and was named an ‘RCM rising star'. Ariana is a Park Lane Group Young Artist for 2015, as well as being the winner of the 2013 Making Music ‘Awards for Young Concert Artists' (AYCA) and a finalist in the 2015 Royal Overseas League. She is the recipient of the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society's ‘Julius Isserlis Scholarship' for instrumental studies in Berlin and is currently studying for an artist diploma at the Barenboim-Said Academy. She recently appeared on BBC radio 3 ‘In Tune'
Kumi Matsuo was born in Tokyo, Japan. Winner of the 5th Louisiana International Piano Competition, she has also won numerous other international competitions. After graduating from the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, Kumi studied at the Royal College of Music where she completed her Artist Diploma, Master's degree and the Anthony Saltmarsh Junior Fellow in Accompaniment. She won the RCM concerto competition twice. She has also played Schnittke's Concerto Grosso No.1 conducted by Vladimir Jurowski at the Queen Elisabeth Hall. Kumi made her debut at Carnegie Hall in 2014 and a tour in New Orleans with Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra performing Beethoven's Emperor Concerto in 2015.
Winner of the Senior 2nd Prize and Senior Audience Prize of the Menuhin Competition London 2016, SongHa Choi was born in Bielefeld, Germany in 2000. After having studied at the Korea National Institute for the Gifted in Arts and pre-college course of Korea National University of Arts in Seoul, she is currently studying at the Yehudi Menuhin School, with Lutsia Ibragimova. She has won first prize in several national and international competitions and has given several recitals in Korea, Turkey and England. She gave solo performances in the 2017 World economic forum in Davos and in the US embassy in Berlin . She has also performed as a soloist with Yongin Philharmonic Orchestra, Thames Philharmonia Orchestra and Sinfonia of Cambridge. SongHa also enjoys playing chamber music and orchestral works, along with her solo playing and piano studies.
Svitlana Kosenko (piano) was born in Ukraine and studied at Kharkov University of Arts and in Germany. In 1999 she won the second prize in the International Competition of French-Polish Music in Paris.In 2001 she was awarded the first prize in the Smetana International Competition and was awarded a Special Prize for her performance at the Enescu Competition. In 2012 she won Best Pianist at the Joseph Suder Lieder Competition. Since September 2014 Svitlana has been Accompanist in Residence at the Yehudi Menuhin School.