Sunday 20 March 3.00 pm
Coco Tomita (violin)
Kan Tomita (piano)
Enescu: “Menetrier” from Impression d'enhance for solo violin Op 28 no 1 (4')
Mozart: Violin sonata in F Major K 376 (17')
Allegro / Andante / Rondo
Lili Boulanger: Nocturne (4')
Grieg: Violin sonata no 3 in C minor Op 45 (26')
Allegro / Allegretto / Allegro
Hailed by critics and audiences alike, the UK/Germany based Japanese violinist Coco Tomita gained public recognition after winning the BBC Young Musician 2020 Strings Category. Her success led to an invitation to record a debut album with Orchid Classics, numerous approaches by music festivals across the UK, and an extensive concert tour of Japan, her home country. Previously, she had won numerous prizes at international competitions and festivals, including Golden Medals at the Vienna International Music Competition and Berliner International Music Competition, Carl Flesch Prize at the Carl Flesch Academy, and 1st prize at the Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition where she also won the Duke of Devonshire Award.
Coco was born into a musical family and began to play the violin when she was four years old. At the age of ten she made her debut at the Cadogan Hall, London, with the Southbank Sinfonia and has since performed in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. She has also appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as Bath Philharmonia and Philharmonie Baden-Baden. Her upcoming concert engagements include a series of debut appearances in Japan in January/February 2022, highlights of which are her concerto debut with Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Masahiko Enkoji, and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra conducted by Osmo Vanska at the Suntory Hall, Tokyo. She also makes a return appearance with the Philharmonie Baden-Baden in July 2022.
Coco began her early training at the Yehudi Menuhin School with renowned pedagogues Natasha Boyarsky and Lutsia Ibragimova. Since 2021, she has been studying under the guidance of Professor Kolja Blacher at the Hochschule fur Musik Hanns Eisler, Berlin. She plays a violin made in 2015 by Frédéric Chaudière of Montpellier.
Kan Tomita (piano) is from Japan, and made his concerto debut at the Royal Festival Hall at the age of 15. He became the first Japanese musician to be awarded the Parnell Pianist in Association Junior Fellowship at the Royal College of Music. where he worked as an assistant to the Head of Keyboard and as an accompanist from 2005 until 2007. He also became an assistant teacher at the Mozarteum International Summer Academy in Salzburg in 2007. He now teaches privately and holds a teaching post at Thomas's School in London. He is Coco Tomita's father.
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