St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Kiyoka Ohara – flute, Seungwon Lee – piano

Friday, 9 November at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Kiyoka Ohara – flute, Seungwon Lee – pianoKiyoka Ohara – flute, Seungwon Lee – piano

Mel Bonis

Sonata

C Saint-Saëns

Airs de ballet d'Ascanio

F Schubert

Variationen über das Lied 'Trockne Blumen'

Flautist Kiyoka Ohara made her Wigmore Hall debut in 2006 and has since been performing regularly in the UK and Japan as soloist and chamber musician. She began her studies in Japan, but soon moved to Korea, where she was admitted to Sun Hwa Arts School. She continued her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London for her Bachelor and Master degrees. Her principal teachers were William Bennett, Kate Hill, Karen Jones and Patricia Morris (piccolo). She has also participated in masterclasses given by Lorna McGhee, Ian Clarke, David Takeno (violin) and David Waterman (cello). She is now based in London and is in regular demand as a soloist in venues such as Colston Hall in Bristol, Trinity College in London and in many cities across Japan.

Kiyoka is also a passionate and dedicated teacher. In 2010, William Bennett invited her to be his Teaching Assistant at the William Bennett International Flute Summer School. She was also invited to the Canadian Flute Convention 2015 where she and her colleague gave a workshop on the flute basics with a flute ensemble recital. In 2016, she was invited to join the Flute Retreat with William Bennett in Japan. Kiyoka is a qualified Core Strengthening Instructor and uses her knowledge of this discipline in her teaching. She has her own private studio of flute students in North West London.

Seungwon Lee is a South Korean piano accompanist. She has performed at Wigmore Hall, the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields, as well as in Spain, Portugal, Germany and Denmark. Before she came to London, she worked as an official accompanist of the Konkuk Young Musicians Academy, supported by the city of Seoul. She finished her M.A. (Distinction) and Professional Diploma at the Royal Academy of Music under Andrew West, James Baillieu and Michael Dussek. During her studies in the UK, she was generously supported with a scholarship for her Diploma programme and won the first prize in the Scott Huxley Piano Accompaniment Competition, as well as many international prizes including the Friedrich Kuhlau Competition (Flute & Piano Duo). After graduating, she was invited on the Oxford Lieder Mastercourse and Jackdaws OperaPLUS project in 2016 and 2017. She was the official accompanist for the 32nd and 33rd William Bennett International Flute Summer School. She is currently on the Advanced Diploma course at the Royal Academy of Music.

Kiyoka Ohara has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in many recitals at venues such as Wigmore Hall and Colston Hall, Bristol. She regularly performs in London and also gives recitals in cities across Japan. Kiyoka was Teaching Assistant at the William Bennett International Flute Summer School in 2010, where she performed alongside William Bennett. She also gave a workshop for the Canadian Flute Convention 2015.

Seungwon Lee has performed in the UK, Spain, Portugal, Germany and Denmark. Before she came to London, she worked as an official accompanist of the Konkuk Young Musicians Academy, supported by the city of Seoul. This year, she was one of the official accompanists for the 32nd and 33rd William Bennett International Flute Summer School.