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    Kumi Matsuo - piano

    Kumi Matsuo - piano

    Kumi was born in Japan. She completed the Artist Diploma course in 2010 and the Masters of Music program in July 2012 at the Royal College of Music (RCM) where she studied piano with John Blakely and Ashley Wass. She was an RCM scholar supported by the Charles Napper Award and the Russell Gander and was generously supported by the Rohm Music Foundation.

    Kumi studied at the Toho Gakuen High School of Music and the Toho Gakuen University of Music in Tokyo. She won second prize at the 75th Music Competition of Japan and third prize at the 22nd Cidade de Ferrol International Competition in Spain. In 2012, she was awarded first prize and the title of Competition Laureate at the finals of the 6th Isidor Bajic International Piano Competition in Novi Sad, Serbia. She won The Louisiana International Piano Competition in October 2013. Kumi performs as soloist in the UK, Japan, USA and Europe.

    Nuno Carapina - violin

    Nuno Carapina - violin

    Portuguese violinist Nuno started his musical training at the local conservatoire in his home town of Aveiro. He graduated with top mark at the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra in Lisbon. In 2010, Nuno enrolled in the Royal Academy of Music's MA program, studying under Erich Gruenberg.

    Nuno was a member of the elite Sainsbury Royal Academy Soloists with whom he went on tour to South Korea, playing at the Seoul Arts Centre. He also led the second violins of the Symphony Orchestra under Sir Colin Davis. Nuno was selected to participate in a joint project with the Juilliard School to perform concerts at both the Lincoln Centre in New York City and the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

    An enthusiastic chamber musician, Nuno is a member of the Pythagoras Ensemble with whom he has performed at St. Martins in the Field. He is also a founding member of the Carapina Trio. Nuno is an experienced orchestral player, performing regularly with the Portuguese Chamber Orchestra. He recently played in the Southbank Sinfonia Orchestra.

    Julia Loucks - violinist

    Julia Loucks - violonist

    Canadian violinist Julia recently completed her postgraduate degree at the Royal College of Music as a Frederick Johnston Scholar supported by an Astor Award. She is currently on trial for a position with the Welsh National Opera orchestra, and also appears with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. She was a member of Southbank Sinfonia in 2013, during which time she appeared as a soloist with Piazzolla’s “Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas”, as well as taking part in chamber music concerts in the Purcell Room for the Rest is Noise Festival and the Crush Room at the Royal Opera House.

    Julia was a finalist in the TD Canada Trust Competition in 2012, and has performed at the Wye Valley, Spitalfields, Burford, and Windrush Chamber Music festivals, as well as recitals and masterclasses in Cambridge, Kings Place, and Dartington. She has received generous support from the Williamson Foundation and Dartington School. Julia is a founding member of the London-based Live Film Orchestra, and Chamber Music Without Borders, a music outreach program based in Montreal.

    Stephanie Childress – violin

    Stephanie Childress – violin

    Stephanie is the youngest Co-leader of the prestigious National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and Leader of the Barbican Young Orchestra. Stephanie recently won 2nd prize in the Sevenoaks Young Musician of the Year 2014 competition, is the winner of the Marjory Humby (2014) and Hugh Bean competition at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, and studies Royal Academy of Music professor, Remus Azotei. She is also the Grand Prize winner at the 2013 Bromley London Music Festival, 2nd Prize Winner of Sevenoaks Musician of the Year 21014 and Abingdon Concerto Competition.

    Stephanie was born in 1999 in London and has studied violin since the age of six. She is a student at the Lyçée Français Charles de Gaulle in London and attends the Royal College of Music Junior Department, where she also studies piano and voice.

    Beside the violin, Stephanie studies voice with noted mezzo-soprano Sally Burgess, and orchestral conducting with Maestro Neil Thompson. She is determined to become a conductor and is encouraged by Maestri Vasily Petrenko, Ed Gardner and Sian Edwards. Her favourite is Brahms Symphony No. 2.

    Joseph Fisher – viola

    Joseph Fisher – viola

    Somerset Born, Joseph was a scholarship student at Wells Cathedral School and then completed his undergraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in 2011 under the tutelage of Garfield Jackson, whilst at the Academy he was the principal violist in the symphony and concert orchestras, working closely with conductors such as Symon Bychkov, Sir Colin Davis and Thierry Fischer. In 2013 he finished taking part in the Southbank Sinfonia, where he performed in various venues around the UK and worked closely with the top Orchestras of London.

    In March 2013 he appeared as a Soloist with this Southbank Sinfonia performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante and Berio’s Folk Songs at the Royal Opera House .Joseph also enjoys organizing concerts, many of which he has arranged at his home village in the South West. His last concert in London was at the Royal Academy of Music when Jack Liebeck and Guy Johnston performed the Brahms Double Concerto with students from the Royal Academy of Music.

    Duncan Commin - viola

    Duncan Commin - viola

    Duncan is a 17 year old student who hopes to study at conservatoire in two years' time. He is in his second year playing viola with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. As well as the NYO Duncan plays with a large number of orchestral ensembles including professional orchestras in the Brighton, Eastbourne and Lewes areas as well as holding principal positions in his two county youth orchestras.

    Duncan was born in 1997 in Lewes and is currently studying for his AS examinations at Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College. He has been playing the viola since he was 8 years old and also studies piano and classical guitar.

    Duncan's viola teacher is the principal of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and Berliner Philharmoniker member Andriy Viytovych – he started his tuition with Andriy this February.

    In the future Duncan would like to continue his studies with Andriy as an undergraduate at the Royal College of Music before a career as an orchestral musician.

    Davina Shum - cello

    Davina Shum - cello

    Davina was born in Auckland, New Zealand and studied at the University of Auckland and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Across New Zealand and Australia she has performed with many ensembles, including holding the Manchester Cello Fellowship with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in 2008 and was a member of the Sydney Sinfonia from 2009-2011. In 2013 Davina joined the Southbank Sinfonia. Highlights included working with artists such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Edward Gardner and Charles Hazlewood; projects with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, BBC Concert Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and performing in venues such as the Royal Opera House, the Southbank Centre, Barbican Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. Davina currently performs as a freelance orchestral and chamber musician, recording session artist and solo recitalist which have taken her to China, South Africa, Morocco, Spain, Portugal, and various destinations in the UK. Davina also enjoys inspiring her cello students of all ages and has been an orchestral coach and private tutor in Auckland, Sydney and London.

    Joseph Pritchard - cello

    Joseph Pritchard - cello

    Joe is 14 years old and has been playing the cello since he was 6. He gained a place as a specialist musician at Wells Cathedral School when he was 10 and then went on to study with Thomas Carroll at the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School. Having lead the cellos in the National Children's Orchestra, this year he became the youngest string player in the National Youth Orchestra. He was the winner of the South West Rotary Young Musician 2010 and in 2013 he won the Nancy Carr Prize for Young Musicians. He also plays fiddle in various folk bands in Somerset.

    Kimon Parry – clarinet

    Kimon Parry – clarinet

    Kimon is a young clarinetist whose recent successes include winning the 2011 Clarinet and Saxophone Society (CASS) Solo Clarinet Competition, reaching the 2012 finals of the Wind and Percussion section of the Royal Overseas-League Annual Competition, and being awarded Recommended Artist status for 2012.

    In 2011, Kimon completed his Master of Arts with Distinction at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Mark Van de Wiel having graduated with First Class Honours at the Royal College of Music.

    Kimon has played professionally on a number of occasions with the London Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonia, the London Sinfonietta and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra among others. Kimon has featured as a soloist on the Royal Academy of Music's 'American Icons' CD. He is a founder member of the Davis Clarinet Quartet. In 2013/14 Kimon will continue to perform as a soloist of the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme.

     

    Ikuyo Kobayashi – Artistic Director

    Ikuyo Kobayashi – Composer/Festival Manager

    Ikuyo was born in Tokyo. She learnt the Piano and 'Cello from an early age and when she was 13 years old she started to study composition with Hideaki Takahashi. She also studied with Sumiko Minemura in Nihon University of Art in Tokyo, composing contemporary classical music and also film music. Ikuyo later studied with Huw Watkins and Jonathan Cole at the Royal College of Music, London. Her music has been played in Japan and England.

    In 2005 she won the first prize at the 13th International Piano Duo Composition Competition and in 2006 she advanced to the finals at the Tokyo International Chamber Composition Competition. She won the First Prize in the Sound of Perfume Competition in London presided over by Clive Christian in 2009.

    She graduated with a Masters in Composition from the Royal College of Music in July 2011. In 2011 she was asked to compose a piece for Solo Harpsichord which was premiered on 4th of March 2012 by Jane Chapman at the Royal College of Music and also performed in York University in the Spring Festival on 11th May 2013.

    Currently she works as a composer and an arranger for film and concert music.

       
       
     

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