Wednesday December 4th 7.30 pm
Ariana Kashefi (cello)
Kumi Matsuo (piano)
Rachmaninov: Cello sonata in G minor Op 19
The Barbican string quartet
Amarins Wierdsma (violin)
Tim Crawford (violin)
Christoph Slenczka (viola)
Yoanna Prodanova (cello)
Haydn: Quartet in D Op 20 no 4
Schubert: Quartet in D minor D 810 ‘Death and the Maiden'
Admission free with retiring collection. No tickets issued beforehand
British cellist Ariana Kashefi is in high demand as a chamber musician and soloist performing in such venues as the Wigmore Hall, Pierre Boulez Saal, Berlin Philharmonie, Royal Albert Hall, Southbank centre and more. Ariana is a Park Lane Group Young Artist, as well as being the winner of the Making Music ‘Awards for Young Concert Artists' (AYCA), a finalist in the Royal Overseas League competition, and 3rd prize winner in the International Rubinstein Competition held in Berlin. She is also the recipient of the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society's ‘Julius Isserlis Scholarship' for instrumental studies abroad which allowed her to study for her masters at the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler' in Berlin. Ariana is currently studying for an Artist Diploma at the Barenboim-Said Academy. She began at the junior department of the Royal Academy of music and later completed her bachelors of music with first class honours at the Royal College of Music, where she won the cello prize. Recently she has appeared as a soloist live on BBC radio 3 ‘In Tune' performing a selection of works including a premiere of a new solo cello work by Deborah Pritchard written and dedicated to her.
Kumi Matsuo was born in Tokyo, Japan. Winner of the 5th Louisiana International Piano Competition, she has also won numerous other international competitions. After graduating from the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, Kumi studied at the Royal College of Music where she completed her Artist Diploma, Master's degree and the Anthony Saltmarsh Junior Fellow in Accompaniment. She won the RCM concerto competition twice. She has also played Schnittke's Concerto Grosso No.1 conducted by Vladimir Jurowski at the Queen Elisabeth Hall. Kumi made her debut at Carnegie Hall in 2014 and a tour in New Orleans with Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra performing Beethoven's Emperor Concerto in 2015
Claimed for their “gusto, comradeship and sharp attack” (The Times) and “blazing and unusually forthright performance” (The Telegraph) the Barbican Quartet was founded at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and it consists of violinists Amarins Wierdsma and Tim Crawford, violist Christoph Slenczka and cellist Yoanna Prodanova. Winners of the 2018 Saint Martin in the Fields chamber music competition, the young quartet made their debut at Wigmore Hall in 2017 thanks to the Maisie Lewis Award. They regularly performs in the UK and Europe in such halls as the Barbican Hall, Milton Court Hall, Casa de Musica Porto, St James's Piccadilly and Ashmolean Museum. They were 2016 Park Lane Group artists and have appeared in such festivals as the IMS Prussia Cove, Harmos Festival,Portugal and undertaken a residency in Aldeburgh in 2017. Their performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as a part of the Barbican Total Immersion and BBC Proms. The Barbican quartet currently studies with Günter Pichler at the Reina Sofia string quartet academy, and they regularly work with members of the Belcea quartet thanks to the Belcea Quartet Charitable Trust. They look forward to working with David Watkin this year as well as taking part in the Pro Quartet Scheme this year thanks to support from the Hattori Foundation.