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Sunday 21 April 3.00 pm 

Jelena Horvat (violin)
Kumi Matsuo (piano)

Enescu: Violin sonata no 3 in A minor Op 25 (23')
Moderato / Andante / Allegro

Beethoven: Violin sonata in A Op 12 no 2 (18')
Allegro / Andante / Allegro

Hubay: Carmen Fantasie Brillante (10')

Serbian violinist Jelena Horvat was born into a family of professional musicians and began to play the violin when she was six years old. She has performed as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician in venues including the Menuhin Hall and Kings Place in England, Liszt Academy Grand Hall in Hungary, Teatro alla Scala in Italy , and Huafa & CPAA Grand Theatre in China. Jelena received the Royal Philharmonic Society's Emily Anderson Prize for 2022, 1st prize at the Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition 2022, 3rd prize at the Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians 2023, and 1st prize at the Jenö Hubay International Violin Competition 2023. Jelena has taken part in numerous festivals and academies, notably the Britten Pears Arts, Gstaad Menuhin Festival and Carl Flesch Akademie , and has appeared on BBC Radio 3 ‘In Tune'. Jelena has had masterclasses with renowned musicians including Mihaela Martin, Alina Ibragimova, Alasdair Beatson, Kolja Blacher, Roman Simovic , Robert Levin and Maxim Vengerov. As a concerto soloist, Jelena has collaborated with orchestras including the Salzburg Chamber Soloists, Farnham Sinfonia, Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra, and European Spirit of Youth Orchestra. Jelena's early training began at the School for Musically Gifted Children in Cuprija, Serbia, with Dragutin Mladenovic. She went on to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School with esteemed pedagogues Natasha Boyarsky and Lutsia Ibragimova. Since 2022, Jelena has been pursuing her undergraduate degree at the Royal College of Music as a Rose Williams Scholar under the guidance of Radu Blidar.

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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