Wednesday March 27th 7.30 pm
Naori Takahashi (violin) George Fu (piano)
Schumann: Violin sonata in A minor Op105
Debussy: Violin sonata in G minor
Wieniawksi: Fantasie Brilliante on Gounod's Faust Op 20
The Armorel Piano Quintet
Dvorak: Piano quintet in A Op 81
Admission free with retiring collection. No tickets issued beforehand
Naori Takahashi was born in Japan, in 1997, and is currently studying under Professor György Pauk at the Royal Academy of Music, where she receives the Leverhulme Trust Undergraduate Scholarship.This year, she has performed at the Japanese Embassy, and represented the students of conservatoires of the U.K. and performed in ‘Europa Season', in Romania. In 2017, she was invited to the opening concert of the Suoni Dal Golfo festival. She is the second prize winner of the Sevenoaks Young Musician of the Year, a prizewinner at the Chiba International Junior Violin Competition, and Croydon Young Musician of the Year. Naori has also given solo recitals in recent years in concert venues such as the Walthamstow Hall, Fairfield Halls, St Martin-in-the-Fields, and St. John Smiths Square, and as part of the Marylebone and West Cork Chamber Music Festivals. She was also a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain 2014 and 2015.
American pianist George X. Fu studied at Harvard College and the Curtis Institute of Music, studying with Jonathan Biss and Meng-Chieh Liu. He currently studies with Christopher Elton and Joanna MacGregor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where his studies are generously supported by the Tobias Matthay and Skelton Scholarships. He has performed as a soloist with various prestigious American orchestras. His live performances and interviews have been featured on several public television and radio broadcasts throughout the United States. He frequently collaborates with composers in premiering new works, and also is a composer himself. He has collaborated with eminent composers such as Harrison Birtwistle, Andrew Norman, Matthew Aucoin, and Freya Waley-Cohen.