Thursday 17 September 4.00 pm
Streamed LIVE concert in an empty church
Eriko Nagayama (violin)
Beethoven: Violin sonata in D Op 12 no 1
Schumann: Three Romances Op 94
Beethoven: Violin sonata in A minor Op 23
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Japanese born Eriko Nagayama is a highly acclaimed violinist, graduated in 2018 from her MA in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of György Pauk with Distinction, DipRAM for an outstanding Final Recital, the Marjorie Bunty Lempfert Award, and the Moir Carnegie Prize. She started playing the violin at the age of four, and for many years studied violin and chamber music at the Toho Gakuen School of Music under Koichiro Harada. Eriko has won several awards for her violin performances, including first prize and the Jean Schmidt prize for outstanding musicianship at the Yokohama International Music Competition, Wilfrid Parry Brahms Prize 2016, Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Prize 2017, and Winifred Small Violin Prize 2018 at the Royal Academy of Music. She is a member of Trio Opal (piano trio) since 2017. Recently, they have awarded the 3rd prize in the Trondheim International Chamber Music competition 2019 as well as the Kim Trio commission prize and the Audience prize, and are invited to be back to the Festival in 2020 (postponed to 2021). They also won the first prize in the Birmingham Intercollegiate Piano Trio Competition, and were finalists in the inaugural Birmingham International Piano Chamber Music Competition in November. After graduating, they were invited to be CAVATINA-Trio-In-Residence as a fellow ensemble for the 2018/19 academic year and Chamber Music Fellows in the following year at the Royal Academy of Music. Eriko was generously supported by the Yellow Angel Foundation in Japan and additionally had been granted the fellowship to study in London for the 2017/18 academic year by the Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, the Japanese government. She plays a violin by Nicolo Gagliano, Naples, 1755 kindly on loan from the Royal Academy of Music, London.
Steinway Artist Yuko Sano was born in Tokyo, and began her international career as a concert pianist at the age of 8 in Salzburg. She has performed across China, Europe, the UK, the USA, and South America as well as in Japan, including solo appearances with eminent orchestras. In October 2013, she made her London debut at the Southbank Centre for the festival ‘The Rest is Noise'. Since then she has performed at Abbey Road Studios, St. James's Piccadilly, St. John's Smith Square, St. Martin in the Fields, Steinway Hall, Japanese Embassy in the UK, and Draper's Hall. She has also toured in Chile and China performing and teaching masterclasses with remarkable success. She has been invited to perform at La Folle Journée Tokyo Festival for the past seven years. The British government has given her the prestigious “Tier-1 Exceptional Talent” UK visa in recognition of her remarkable international musical career. Yuko Sano graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts (Geidai) after studying at the Liszt Music Academy in Budapest for one year with Prof. Falvai Sándor and Prof. Gulyás István. In 2013, she was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music, where she completed her MA with a Dip RAM distinction and graduated with the Walter MacFarren Prize, the Nancy Dickinson Award, and the Maud Hornsby Award. In 2016, she completed her Advanced Diploma at the Academy under the tutelage of Christopher Elton. She also studied chamber music with Michael Dussek, and music research with Roderick Chadwick.Yuko has won both 1st prize and Grand Prix at the PIARA Piano Competition, top prize at the Burckhardt International Piano Competition, and 1st prize at the Composition Competition in Tokyo, amongst others. Her debut album “Kotoba” was released in March 2018 and includes live recordings of Schumann, Liszt, Chopin, and the Japan premiere performance of Stephen Hough's Piano Sonata No.1. The CD has met with critical acclaim, being featured as ‘Special selection of the month' in Record Geijutsu Magazine, and one of Chopin Magazine's ‘Top 4 selections'. In 2014, Yuko was the first Japanese pianist to become a Young Steinway Artist . In 2018, she became a Steinway Artist . She was invited to New York to record for Steinway's SPIRIO catalogue and her recordings are now available on SPIRIO worldwide. She was invited to China to give a concert tour for Steinway's 165 years anniversary celebration and toured the country for 5 weeks.Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in March, Yuko started live-streaming mini concerts every Sunday from her home in London with professional equipment. It has reached over 45.000 audiences around the world. The concerts are live-streamed every Sunday at 13.00 UK time and everyone can watch it for free on her official Facebook Artist page.
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