St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Yohei Nakajima – viola, and Irina Lyakhovskaya – piano

Tuesday, 26 September at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Yohei Nakajima – viola, and Irina Lyakhovskaya – pianoYohei Nakajima – viola, and Irina Lyakhovskaya – piano

C Gluck

Orfeo ed Euridice

Melody

G Fauré

Après un rêve

S Rachmaninov

Sonata for Cello & Piano, op. 19 (arr. V Borisovsky for viola)

  i. Lento. Allegro moderato

 ii. Allegro scherzando

iii. Andante

iv. Allegro mosso

Yohei Nakajima is from Japan and studied at Trinity College of Music in London with Rivka Golani. He is supported by several awards and scholarships, and regularly performs recitals and chamber music in the UK and Japan, as well as in a number of international Festivals in the UK, Spain, Japan, USA, Israel, and most recently at Tarragona Music Festival (July, 2016), and the International Bartók Seminar and Festival (2013 and 2015) in Szombathely, Hungary.

Yohei was awarded the First Prize at the Cavatina Chamber Music Competition in 2009, and in 2011 he won the Barbirolli String Quartet prize. Yohei formed a viola quartet "The Riviola Quartet" in 2012, which is made up of four international postgraduate viola players. This unusual ensemble began with the purpose of discovering and mastering new and existing repertoire for this instrumentation. The quartet has been busy performing at concert venues throughout the UK, Hungary, Spain, Bulgaria and Japan, including performances at the Franz Liszt Music Academy, Budapest, the Tarragona Festival 2014 (Spain), the International Bartok Seminar- Szombathely 2013 (Hungary) and at the Bartok Seminar (July 2015).

Future projects include multiple viola ensembles, with unusual chamber music repertoire to explore, and a series of transcriptions and arrangements for solo/multiple viola repertoire. Yohei is involved in a new research project on unusual viola transcriptions with Rivka Golani at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, as well as violin/viola masterclasses in London. He is also in great demand as a violin and viola teacher privately and in schools across London. Yohei plays a rare viola (cutaway model) by the Hungarian, Otto Erdesz.

http://www.yohviola.com

Irina Lyakhovskaya was born in St Petersburg, Russia. She graduated from the St Petersburg Conservatoire in 1999, where she studied with Alexander Sandler. In 2000, she was invited to continue her studies in England as a postgraduate scholar at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (then known as Trinity College of Music) with John Bingham. In 2003, Irina won first prize in the TCM Association's Soloist Competition with her interpretation of the Schumann Piano Concerto. Since then, she has given many performances at leading international venues including the Philharmonic Hall in St Petersburg, Smetana Hall in Prague and the Coliseum in Porto.

In the UK, she has appeared at the Southbank Centre, Symphony Hall, St John's Smith Square and Cadogan Hall performing solo recitals and as the concerto soloist in Mozart, Haydn, Schumann, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov concertos. Her work has also been broadcast on BBC television and radio. An active chamber musician, Irina performs internationally with violinist Eleanor Percy, with whom she has given numerous recitals at the Wigmore Hall in London. They have recorded sonatas by Brahms and Prokofiev for the ImLab label, and the complete Mozart sonatas for Melodiya. Currently, Irina is artist in residence at Eastbourne Arts Centre where she is performing the complete Beethoven piano sonatas in eight concerts. Irina has worked at Trinity Laban as a professional accompanist since 2002.

Yohei Nakajima is from Japan and studied at Trinity College of Music with Rivka Golani. He is supported by several awards and scholarships. He is regularly performing recitals and chamber music in the UK and Japan. Recently he had successful tour of Solo Viola recitals and the complete Bach Cello Suites on viola. He has performed in number of international Festivals in the UK, Spain, Japan, USA, Israel and most recently at the International Bartók Seminar and Festival (2013 and 2015) in Szombathely, Hungary. Yohei was awarded the First Prize at the Cavatina Chamber Music Competition in 2009 and in 2011 he won the Barbirolli String Quartet prize. Yohei plays a viola (cutaway model) by Otto Erdesz.

In 2003 Irina Lyakhovskaya won first prize in the TCM Association's Soloist Competition with her interpretation of the Schumann Piano Concerto. Since then, she has given many performances at leading international venues including the Philharmonic Hall in St Petersburg, Smetana Hall in Prague and the Coliseum in Porto. In the UK, she has appeared at the Southbank Centre, Symphony Hall, St John's Smith Square and Cadogan Hall performing solo recitals and as the concerto soloist in Mozart, Haydn, Schumann, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov concertos.