The Lisa Ueda/Daniele Rinaldo Duo joins two prize-winning soloists in a highly successful collaboration. Lisa Ueda was born in Japan, and Daniele Rinaldo is from Italy. The Duo had a critically acclaimed Japan Tour in January 2016, described as "passionate performers; yet works were polished with much attention to detail, musical shape and structure" (Ongaku-no- Tomo), and had an equally successful Wigmore Hall début in 2015. Formed in 2009 at the Royal Academy of Music in Michael Dussek's chamber music studio, the duo received the prestigious Kirckman Concert Society Award, Tunnell Trust Award, and most recently, the Solti Foundation Scholarship Prize. Among the high-profile engagements of the duo are the Tunnell Trust concert tour of Scotland, recitals at St George's Bristol, St Martin-in- the-Fields, the New Generation Series of the Lake District Summer Music Festival, The Forge and St James Piccadilly in London, as well as representing the Royal Academy of Music for the 'Europe Music Schools' Festival in Pisa, Italy. The Duo's vast repertoire ranges from the baroque to the modern and contemporary, having given, among others, the world premieres of Robert Matthew-Walker's 2nd Violin Sonata at the Wigmore Hall (recording released in 2016 by Guild) and Daniele Rinaldo's violin and piano transcription of Stravinsky's Three Japanese Lyrics.
The Esposito Quartet comprises four musicians (Mia Cooper, Anna Cashell, violins. Joachim Roewer, viola William Butt, cello) with a combined bounty of experience as orchestra leaders, principals, professors, recital and recording artists, whose common love of the quartet treasury drove them in 2010 to ignore it no longer and seek each other out. Their name reflects their admiration for Michele Esposito, pianist and composer, who for forty years from 1888 was the initiator for much of the chamber music making in Dublin through the establishment of The Royal Dublin Society. In February 2017 the Quartet participated in Music for Galway's mid Winter Festival. They have taken part in two Music Network supported tours in Ireland in 2016 and 2017. Earlier this year they were supported by the National String Quartet Foundation of Ireland in two concerts in Cork. Tonight is their first concert in England!