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Sunday 21 July 3.00 pm 

The Markson Piano Trio

Mayumi Fujikawa (violin)
Richard Markson (cello)
Oliver Markson (piano)

Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in D minor Op 49 (30')
Allegro / Andante / Scherzo / Finale

Beethoven: Piano Trio in B flat Op 97 'Archduke' (40')
Allegro / Scherzo / Andante / Allegro

Mayumi Fujikawa's concert activities have taken her as far afield as South America, the Far East, Israel, Asia and her native Japan. Her career in the United States began with a spectacular debut at the Lincoln Center with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Eugene Ormandy and has since widened to include appearances with virtually all the major US orchestras including Chicago, Boston, Houston, Dallas, Detroit, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Cleveland with which she appeared with Lorin Maazel at Carnegie Hall. Eminent conductors with whom she has worked have also included Barenboim, Davis, Dutoit, Foster, Kondrashin, Levine, Mehta, Ozawa, Previn, Krips, Sanderling, Sawallisch, Weller and Rattle. She has been guest at Europe's most prestigious international festivals, including Aldeburgh, Edinburgh and the London Proms, in addition to Ravinia, Saratoga and Tanglewood Festivals in the United States. She was featured in five television programmes for the BBC series “Mayumi Plays Mozart” in which she was accompanied by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Mozart's violin concerti. Her CD recordings include Bruch, Tchaikovsky and the complete Mozart concerti, Beethoven Kreutzer and Franck sonatas with Michael Roll, Prokofiev sonatas with Craig Sheppard and Fauré sonatas with Jorge Federíco Osorio, in addition to live recital recordings with Oliver Markson.

R ichard Markson's musical destiny was foreshadowed at the age of twelve when Paul Tortelier, invited him to Paris to become his pupil. He later worked with Pierre Fournier, whose lifelong support became instrumental in the development of his solo career. A much-acclaimed London début, at which The Times proclaimed him “A quite outstanding cellist”, led to engagements throughout the world. In addition to appearances in his native Britain, the USA and Europe, he has completed twenty-six world tours extending from the Far East to Latin America. In the mid-eighties he began to develop as a conductor under the guidance of his mentor, the distinguished American conductor, Ezra Rachlin. Since taking up the baton, conducting has claimed a significant proportion of his performing activities associating with orchestras as far afield as Australasia and South America and often featuring joint appearances as soloist and conductor. His CD releases include the Bach Suites, the Beethoven and Brahms Sonatas with Jorge Federico Osorio, the Dvorak Cello Concerto, & the Haydn Concerti in C & G.

Oliver Markson is acclaimed internationally as concert pianist, composer and lecturer. Notable appearances with orchestra include the Carlos Chávez Orchestra and the Querétaro Philharmonic Orchestra in concerti by Grieg, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven; Violin/piano recital tours with Mayumi Fujikawa in England and Japan have led to CD releases under the Japanese label Mittenwald . He maintains a special focus on the music of Nikolai Medtner following his doctoral studies at the Graduate Center CUNY which were supervised by musicologist Richard Kramer. As composer, Oliver Markson combines elements of Japanese traditional music with French impressionism. His “Impressions” (Oscar Wilde) song cycle received its UK premiere at the 2019 Scrutopia festival. His song cycle “Unforgotten” (Roger Scruton) will be premiered in a symposium at Ralston College in 2025. His teachers include Tatiana Sarkissova, Douglas Finch, Ursula Oppens, Gerald Robbins, Marc Silverman, Bernard Flavigny, and Graham Williams. Oliver Markson has been a faculty member at the Bronx Community College CUNY for eleven years. He is a regular judge in the Tokyo Piano Competition.


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