Thursday 15 February 2.00 pm
Maxim Calver (cello)
Kumi Matsuo (piano)
Debussy: Cello Sonata (12')
Prologue / Serenade / Finale
Schumann: Drei Fantasiestucke Op 73 (12')
Mendelssohn: Cello Sonata no 2 in D Op 58 (25')
Allegro / Allegretto / Adagio / Molto allegro
Praised for the “elegance of his technique, overall sound and natural poeticism” (Strad Magazine), Maxim Calver first gained public recognition as a BBC Young Musician 2018 Grand Finalist and Strings Category winner. Since the competition he has appeared as a soloist in many of Europe's leading venues including Wigmore Hall, Tonhalle Zurich, Vienna Musikverein and his European Concerto debut at Hamburg Elbphilharmonie. Also a passionate chamber musician he has appeared at festivals across Europe including the Gstaad-Menuhin, Lewes, Stamford and International Pau Casals Chamber Music Festivals. Other highlights have included live radio broadcasts from Konzerthaus Berlin and Amsterdam Concertgebouw and a recently released CD recording of composer Matthew Coleridge's Requiem alongside the Choir of Royal Holloway. Maxim currently studies at the Royal College of Music with Professor Melissa Phelps, where he is proud to be an ABRSM Scholar for his postgraduate studies. He has received support from the Hattori Foundation, Amaryllis Fleming Trust, Young Classical Artists Trust, Drake Calleja Trust and Countess of Munster Musical Trust where he is a Recital Scheme Artist.
Kumi Matsuo is a versatile solo pianist, chamber musician and accompanist. She has won numerous competitions including First Prize in the 6th Isidor Bajic Memorial Piano Competition in Serbia and First Prize in the 5th Louisiana International Piano Competition, USA. She is now on the staff at RCM, working as Duo Coach to the String Faculty, as well as accompanying other instruments.Kumi studied at the Toho Gakuen College of Music, Tokyo, and then at the Royal College of Music (RCM), London studying with John Blakely and Ashley Wass and completed her studies there with Artist Diploma and Master of Music in Performance with Distinction. She has also finished the Anthony Saltmarsh Junior Fellow in Accompaniment. Her study was generously supported by Charles Napper Award, the Russell Gander Award and the Rohm Music Foundation. During her study at RCM, Kumi won RCM concerto competition twice and performed Ravel's Piano Concerto for Left Hand in Cadogan Hall with RCM Sinfonietta conducted by Peter Stark and Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto with RCM Symphony Orchestra under Martin André in the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, RCM. She also played Schnittke's Concerto Grosso No.1 with RCM Chamber Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. As soloist and chamber musician Kumi has played extensively in the UK, and in the USA, France, Italy, Holland, Poland, Romania, UAE, India, Korea and Japan. She made her New York debut at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall and gave an extended concerto and recital tour in Louisiana.
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