AJSW Classical music concert in London:
16 March 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) Seiko Nagaoka (Piano Recital)
16 March 2011, 1:15 to 2:00pm at St. Dunstan-In-The-West
Seiko Nagaoka began learning the piano at the age of four. By the age of ten, she was the fourth best child pianist at a nationwide piano competition in Japan.
aMoonlight Sonata by Beethoven
2) Chisato Kusunoki (Piano)
16 March 2011, 1:10 to 2:00pm at St. James's Church
Chisato Kusunoki’s performances are highly regarded for their lyrical intensity and subtle virtuosity. She draws inspiration from all the composers she has studied from Bach to the present day. Her performances are informed by an understanding of and affinity with such important composer pianists as Rachmaninoff, Godowsky and Medtner. The Times remarked on her wonderfully fleet and supple fingers, quick to locate the music’s inner voices, able to dapple and perfume…she’ll be heard from; she’s got it.’
Her repertoire is extensive and ranges from the earliest keyboard masters to contemporary composers. She has an abiding love of the classics yet she also enjoys exploring less known works particularly by composers of the late romantic period. She has made a special study of the music of Nikolai Medtner, on whose music she worked closely with Hamish Milne. Chisato is committed to contemporary music and has worked with several leading composers. Her performance of Justin Connolly’s ‘Sonatina in Five Etudes’ was hailed by the composer. She has a particular affinity for the music of Ronald Stevenson and has prepared several works under the guidance of the composer. Stevenson has recently dedicated his ‘Nine Haiku’ to Chisato. The composer David Hackbridge Johnson has dedicated several works to the pianist too. She will be recording works by Rachmaninoff, Medtner, Scriabin and Liapunov later this year for Quartz Music label.
Lyadov: Variations on a Polish Song Op.51
1) 16 March 2011 1:15 to 2:00pm
2) 16 March 2011 1:10 to 2:00pm
1) St Dunstan-In-The-West, 186A Fleet Street, London EC4 2HD
2) St James's Church,197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL
Tel: 020 7734 4511
Tel: 020 72374445
Anglo-Japanese Society of Wessex