Wednesday May 15th 7.30 pm
The Agora Piano Quartet
Katherine Yoon (violin)
Duncan Cummin (viola)
Tamaki Sugimoto (cello) .
Tolga Atalay Ün (piano)
Mozart: Piano quartet in G minor K478
Brahms: Piano quartet in G minor Op 25
Admission free with retiring collection. No tickets issued beforehand
Katherine Yoon is a South Korean violinist living in London and Singapore. In 2011, she was offered a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School where she studied with Akiko Ono. Katherine has received masterclasses from musicians such as Maxim Vengerov, Pinchas Zukerman, Zakhar Bron, Mihaela Martin, Alina Ibragimova, the Emerson and the Endellion Quartets. Her recent appearances include Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Southbank Centre, Konzerthaus Berlin, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam and Beaux Arts Brussels. She looks forward to playing again in Wigmore Hall in June 2019. Katherine is currently studying at the Royal College of Music with Itzhak Rashkovsky on a full scholarship. She is grateful for the support of the Anne & Brian Wadsworth Scholarship and the ISH Award. Katherine plays on a violin by Matteo Goffriller c.1700, kindly loaned to her by the RCM.
Duncan Commin (viola) currently studies at the Royal College of Music as a joint student of Nathan Braude and Andriy Viytovych. He has participated in masterclasses with Nobuko Imai, Maxim Rysanov, Tabea Zimmerman and Pinchas Zukerman. Duncan has performed in festivals including the Encuentro de Santander, Young Virtuosi and Academia International Musica de Solsona. He has performed chamber music with artists including Thomas Carrol, Frans Helmerson and Maxim Vengerov in venues such as Cadogan Hall, Wigmore Hall and the Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria. Since being co-principal viola of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain Duncan has gone on to play with Covent Garden Soloists Productions, the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and the John Wilson Orchestra working with conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Bernard Haitink and Sir Antonio Pappano. He plays a viola made by David Milward in 2015.
Tamaki Sugimoto (cello) is a recipient of various international prizes and performs extensively across the UK, Europe and Japan - recent concert venues include Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Cadogan Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin and Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. As a passionate chamber musician, she has appeared with artists including Yura Lee, Lisanne Soeterbroek, Michael Foyle, Leonid Gorokhov, Julian Jacobson, Mayuko Ishigami and David Quiggle and attended classes with Heinrich Schiff, Frans Helmerson, Philippe Müller and Troels Svane. Her 2018/19 season includes working with London Symphony Orchestra, Nagaokakyo Chamber Ensemble, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchester, Festival Resonances Academy and London Contemporary Music Festival (recorded for BBC Radio3). Having graduated from the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she is currently studying with Melissa Phelps at the Royal College of Music where she holds The Linbury Scholarship
Tolga Atalay Ün [piano] is a Turkish-American pianist currently studying with Prof. Norma Fisher at the Royal College of Music, where holds the ‘C. Bechstein Scholar supported by a Christopher Hogwood Scholarship'. In 2016, Tolga was selected as a scholar to the ‘Young Musicians on World Stages' project created and mentored by Güher & Süher Pekinel with financial support of TÜPRAS. He is generously supported by Sevda-Cenap And Music Foundation and Talent Unlimited. His successes include the Beethoven Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians following the First Prize and the Thomas Harris Beethoven Award at the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe's Senior Intercollegiate Piano Competition 2017; the First Prize at the RCM's Kendall Taylor Beethoven Competition RCM; the First Prize and the Prize for the Best Performance of A.A.Saygun and the Audience Prize at the 4th Ahmed Adnan Saygun Piano Competition.