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
Lucía Veintimilla (violin)
Sophia Prodanova (violin)
Maite Colás (viola)
Daryl Giuliano (cello)
Kathy Chow (piano),
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.
Lucia Veintimilla (violin) was born in Spain and studied there and at the Guildhall School where she completed her Bachelors and Masters degrees with Distinction. She has been awarded many prizes in various solo and chamber music competitions. She now enjoys a busy career performing regularly with different ensembles and touring extensively to major concert halls in Europe and Asia.
Sophia Prodanova (violin)was born in Bulgaria and won a scholarship to the Menuhin School when aged 16. She now studies with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she is supported by recent generous scholarships. She is a member of the Portorius Quartet, which was formed in 2017 by students and graduates of Europe's leading conservatoires. Recent appearances of the quartet include concerts in France and Germany.
Maite Colás (viola) was born in Spain in 1993, and studied in Spain and at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating in 2017. She is a founder member of the Ondine String Quartet with other musicians from the Royal Academy, and has participated in various international music courses.
Daryl Giuliano (cello) was born in Canada and performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. In 2005, she won the Armstrong Atlantic Youth Orchestra's Concerto Competition and has performed as soloist with various orchestras. Her passion for music brought her to Paris, France and then to London where she received her Master of Music degree in the studio of Felix Schmidt. She is a founding member of London-based Ondine String Quartet.
Kathy Chow (piano) was born in Australia in 1993 and studied in Melbourne where she won various awards, and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she completed her Masters with distinction and is currently on the Artist Diploma Course, on a full scholarship. She has won several awards including first prize in the 2018 Birmingham International Piano Competition, and is a finalist in the 2019 Royal Overseas League Keyboard Prize.