Music at  ST MARY'S   Perivale


Thursday 17 February 3.00 pm

Claudia Tarrant-Matthews (violin)
Modi Deng (piano)

Programme to follow

Formed at the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Awa Duo consists of Claudia Tarrant-Matthews and Modi Deng, both originally from Aotearoa New Zealand. Claudia is currently studying towards a Professional Diploma at the Royal Academy of Music, where she is under the tutelage of Professor György Pauk. Modi is working towards an Advanced Diploma with Joanna MacGregor on scholarship. The duo have received chamber coaching from Adrian Brendel, Leandro Silvera and Michael Dussek. They regularly compete and perform at Royal Academy of Music events, and recently performed as part of the Lunchtime Concert Series in the Angela Burgess Recital Hall.

In 2017, Claudia was the pianist in Trio Fantasia, which reached the finals of the Pettman/ROSL Chamber Music Arts scholarship. The following year, her string quartet won the Adam Troubadour Fellowship programme, where they received coaching from the Jerusalem Quartet, as well as a regional tour. When in New Zealand, Claudia regularly tours with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra as a casual member. Claudia made her concerto debut at age 11 with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for their Michael Monaghan Young Musicians Foundation concert. In 2018 Claudia won first prize at the New Zealand School of Music concerto competition performing Bartók violin concerto No. 2 with the orchestra, and went on to perform as soloist with other regional orchestras. Since being in London, Claudia has had principal roles in the Royal Academy Soloists, Chamber, and Symphony Orchestras, and now plays with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Claudia was also awarded a DipRAM for Outstanding Postgraduate recital after her Masters recital at the Royal Academy. In 2021 Claudia led the London Philharmonic Orchestra ‘Debut Sounds' project in Royal Festival Hall, as a member of the LPO Foyle Future Firsts scheme.

An avid chamber musician, Modi's concerts with the Korimako Trio have taken her throughout the UK, performing for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on the Pettman/ROSL Arts Chamber Music scholarship. Since her concerto debut at 11, she has performed with New Zealand's major orchestras and given concerts broadcast by BBC Radio 3 and RNZ Concert. She was former winner of the National Concerto Competition (2018), performing Rachmaninov's Concerto No. 3 with Benjamin Northey and the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. Other awards include a DipRAM for Outstanding Postgraduate Recital at the Royal Academy of Music; Patricia Pratt, Anne Bellam, and Kiwi Music scholarships; and second prizes in the Wallace National Piano Competition (2015) and PACANZ Young Performer of the Year (2012). Modi has worked with artists such as Stephen Hough, Adrian Brendel, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, and Ingrid Fliter. Prior to university, Modi was Co-Dux of Columba College and received a Goethe Institut PAD scholarship to Germany.


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