Thursday 24 March 3.00 pm
Sirius Chau (flute)
Kumi Matsuo (piano)
Mozart: Rondo in D KV Anh 184 (7')
Hindemith: Sonata for Flute and Piano (14')
Faure: Fantaisie Op 79 (5')
Franck: Sonata for Flute and Piano (30')
Allegretto / Allegro / Recitativo / Allegretto
Winner of the Royal Over-Seas League Competition 2020, Hong-Kong-born flautist Sirius Chau is the Young Artist of Making Music, Tillett Trust, Talent Unlimited, Musicus Society and Manchester Mid-day Concerts Society. He received the Tagore Gold Medal from HRH The Prince of Wales and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Scholarship in 2019; and made his solo debuts at the Wigmore Hall and Bridgewater Hall in the same year. Recent orchestral experience includes working with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera Orchestra and City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. He won the Best Performance Award at Hamamatsu International Festival and first prize at the Magalif's International Competition, Eastbourne Soloist Competition, Westbourne Orchestra Competition and RCM competitions. Sirius studied at the Royal College of Music in London for an Artist Diploma and Master of Music (Distinction) with Katie Bedford, Emer McDonough and Sue Thomas, generously supported by the Drake Calleja Trust and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund.
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.
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