Thursday 10 December 4.00 pm
Streamed LIVE concert in an empty church
Ionel Manciu (violin) Kaoru Wada (piano)
Schubert: Rondo brillant in B minor D895 (16')
Schumann: Violin sonata in D minor Op 121 (30')
Elgar: La capricieuse Op 17 (4')
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Born in Bender and raised in Chisinau (Republic of Moldova), Ionel Manciu took his first violin lessons in Chisinau, and made his official debut at the age of ten with the Chisinau Chamber Orcehstra. From the age of eleven, Ionel Manciu won numerous prizes at international competitions, such as: “Eugen Coca” in Moldova, “Remember Enescu”, “Paul Constantinescu” and “Ion Voicu” in Romania, “Mihail Strikharj” in Ukraine, “Nedyalka Simeonova”in Bulgaria, “Delphic Games” in both Moldova and Belarus, “M.A.G.I.C” and “Vasco Abadjiev” in Bulgaria. He has performed as a soloist with the National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and National Chamber Orchestra in Chisinau, the Philharmonic Orchestra “G. Enescu” in Bucharest and the Philharmonic Orchestra “G.Enescu” in Iasi. He has also performed with the Lvov Chamber Orchestra and the Pori Chamber Orchestra in Finland amongst many others. He has performed in many prestigious venues across Europe. They include the Casa de Musica in Porto, the Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall and Milton Court in London, the Mozarteum Concert Hall in Salzburg and the Romanian Atheneum in Bucharest. Ionel is currently studying at the Guildhall school of Music and Drama under the guidance of Professor David Takeno and it's generously supported by The Leverhulme Trust, The Derek Butler Trust, The Countess of Munster Musical Trust and Help Musicians UK.
Kaoru Wada started to play the piano at the age of four guided by her mother. She moved to America at the age of eleven, where she attended the Manhattan School of Music Junior School, followed by studies at the Royal College of Music Junior School in London, where she relocated with her family at the age of fourteen. She later won a scholarship to the Royal Northern College of Music in 2002, winning many prizes both in solo and chamber music during her time there. She was a finalist in the Yamaha Foundation Scholarship Piano Competition in 2007 and the RNCM Gold Medal Competition. She then won the prestigious DAAD Scholarship to continue her studies at the Musik Hochschule in Munich, Germany. She then decided to specialise in her real passion of chamber music and song accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she won a fellowship for the year 2015-16, and currently works as a staff pianist. During her time at Guildhall, Kaoru worked closely with Graham Johnson and won all the major accompanist prizes, including the Paul Hamburger Prize in 2015 and the Accompanist Prize in 2014. She has performed at all major concert venues in the UK, such as the Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, St Martin in the Fields, St James Piccadilly as well as the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and Weil Hall in New York. Recent highlights include recitals in Italy, Romania, Moldova and Germany, and numerous recordings and appearances on BBC Radio 3. Kaoru is a Britten Pears young-artist and a laureate of the Schubert Institute (2015), IMS Prussia Cove (2009), Mendelssohn Academy in Leipzig (2014), and European Akademie in Montepulciano (2009).
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