AJSW Classical music concert in London:
1 & 22 June 2011, London
Part of the continuing AJSW classical music concert series promoting and supporting Japanese musicians drawn from a variety of environments be they professional, students, visiting or home based. It is also included in St Dunstan’s August Classical Music Festival.
1) Tamaki Dickenson (violin) with Nao Maebayashi (piano)
1 June 2011,1:15 pm to 2:00 pm at St Dunstan-In-The-West
Nao Maebayashi studied with Alexander Kelly, former professor at Royal Academy of Music, before entering Trinity College of Music in 1996.
Japanese born violinist and violist, Tamaki Dickenson started violin at the age of seven. She won at the South Japan Music Competition several times. She was invited to study with Lewis Kaplan in New York City, and received both bachelors and masters degrees from Mannes College of Music.
Tamaki formed the award winning Degas Quartet in 2002 , and the quartet appeared in US’s prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Aspen Music Festival and Library of Congress as well as broadcast on NPR.
Tamaki moved to the UK in 2007 and since then she has been enjoying being involved in many aspects of music, such as teaching, soloist, chamber music and orchestral playing.
4 Japanese Songs:-
2) Aisa Ijiri (piano) and Elizabeth McGrath (violin)
22 June 2011, 1:15 to 2:00pm at St. Dunstan-In-The-West
Aisa Ijiri is one of the finest Japanese pianists of her generation, and has been described as: "An exceptionally creative artist, blessed with a vivid performance temperament...Aisa Ijiri possesses innate musicianship which is harnessed to a virtuoso technique." Having performed with renowned orchestras at major venues around the world, Aisa was invited to become a Steinway Artist.
Elizabeth McGrath graduated from the Royal College of Music with first class honours, and also gained a B.A. (hons) in Music & Business Studies from Brunel University, where she was awarded the Sheridan Music Prize for the best musician graduate.
Elizabeth started playing piano and violin at the age of 4, eventually progressing to receive a bursary from the Junior Academy of Music and a government-aided scholarship from the Purcell Music School. She played with the National Childrens Orchestra for five years. Since then she has participated in many festivals, masterclasses and courses in Europe and America as well as the UK including playing as a soloist for UNICEF and in many orchestras including the Royal College Opera, RCM Symphony Orchestra, Royal College Sinfonietta, the LP Youth Orchestra, Bowden Festival, Orchestra USA and the Brunel University Orchestra as leader. Elizabeth is currently studying for her masters at the Royal College of Music under the guidance of our Hon. Patron Professor Tomotada Soh.
Aisa Iijima (piano) and Elizabeth McGrath (violin)