Music atT ST MARY'S PPerivale

Wednesday June 13th 7.30 pm

Jiafeng Chen (violin) Alexis White (piano)

Faure: Violin sonata in A Op 13

Wieniawski: Variations on an original theme Op 15


The Opal Piano Trio

Eriko Nagayama (violin)
Joel Siepmann (cello)
Yi-Shing Cheng (piano)

Rachmaninov: Trio élégiaque no 1 in G minor

Mendelssohn: Piano trio in C minor Op 66

dmission free with retiring collection. No tickets issued beforehand

Jiafeng Chen (violin) was born in Shanghai in 1987, and studied at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 2004 he moved to England, studying at Chetham's School of Music, Manchester. He subsequently studied at the Royal College of Music, and the Juillard School in New York. In 2005, aged 18, Jiafeng Chen won 2nd Prize in the prestigious Sibelius Violin Competition, Helsinki, and later gained 1st Prize at the 9th Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Poland. He is also a Laureate of the Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition and was awarded the Paganini Prize at the Indianapolis International Violin Competition, and the Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians. He is a member of faculty at the Chetham's School of Muic and the Birmingham Conservatoire, and the Royal College of Music. He plays a Gagliano violin kindly on loan from a generous group of owners.

Alexis White (piano) studied at the Menuhin School , the Royal Northern College of Music and the Eastman School of Music in USA. She won many prestigious prizes and scholarships, most notably First Prize in the 7th Noyers International Piano Competition in France , and has performed in prestigious venues throughout the UK and abroad. She has collaborated with many distinguished musicians, has broadcast on the radio and featured for several years as a Countess of Muster Artist. She is currently Head of Keyboard at St Paul's Girls' School and was formerly one of the staff pianists at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Eriko Nagayama was born in Japan in 1993, and is currently studying as a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music. She won first prize and also the Jean Schmidt prize for outstanding musicianship at the International Yokohama Music Competition in 2015. Recent performances include Bruch's Scottish Fantasy op.46 with Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra at the Rising Star Concert Series of Japan Performance Federation, and a programme of Chausson's Poème and Franck's Violin Sonata at the YAMAHA Music Foundation Concert. As a chamber musician she has performed at various venues including Suntory Hall, after winning full scholarships from the Suntory Hall Chamber Music Academy for two years. Eriko is generously supported by the Yellow Angel Foundation in Japan.

Joel Siepmann was born in 1990 in Tübingen (Germany) where he started taking cello lessons aged 6. From October 2011 until July 2015 he was student of Christoph Richter at the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen where he passed his Bachelor degree with distinction. Additionally he took part in masterclasses and had lessons with Steven Isserlis, Lynn Harrell and David Geringas amongst others. In September 2016 he started his Postgraduate studies with Guy Johnston at the Royal Academy of Music in London generously sponsored by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).

Yi-Shing Cheng is from Taiwan, and has been based in London since 2014, and gained her Master's degree with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music. She is now studying for the Professional Diploma there, under the tutelage of Michael Dussek. Yi-Shing was the winner of the Wilfrid Parry Prize Brahms duo competition in 2016 and the winner of Rex Stephans Schumann Lieder Accompanist Prize in 2017. Recent performance highlights include a concert of Bach sonatas for violin and piano at the Royal Academy of Music, a live performance on BBC radio 3 and a song concert at Wigmore Hall.


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