Thursday 14 October 3.00 pm
Otoha Tabata (viola)
Kumi Matsuo (piano)
Reger: Suite for solo viola no 1 in G minor Op 131d (12')
Molto sostenuto / Vivace / Andante /Molto Vivace
Schubert: Sonata in A minor D821 'Arpeggione' (25')
Allegro / Adagio / Allegretto
Enescu: Konzertstück (10')
Japanese violist Otoha Tabata currently studies on a scholarship at the Royal College of Music London. Recent competition successes include First Prize at the 2018 North International Competition, Promotion Prize at the 2018 Anton Rubinstein Viola Competition, and an Honorary Mention at the 2019 Oskar Nedbal Viola Competition. She has appeared as soloist at the Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw, and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. During her first year of studies at the Royal College of Music, she was selected as representative to perform for HRH The Prince of Wales in Clarence House. Otoha is a member of the renowned LGT Young Soloists, performing in numerous concert tours around the world and recording CD albums. Most recently she recorded Paganini La Campanella with the ensemble in Abbey Road Studios, released in April 2021. She previously studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School, and has studied with Boris Kucharsky and Andriy Viytovych, and violin with Akiko Ono. She is a proud scholar of the Drake Calleja Trust and is one of the “Talent Unlimited” artists in the UK. From 2021 she will be supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan. Otoha performs on a Charles Boullangier viola, kindly loaned by the Royal College of Music.
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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