Wednesday December 5th 7.30 pm
Ariana Kashefi (cello) Kumi Matsuo (piano)
Schumann Adagio and Allegro Op 70
Shostakovich: Cello sonata in D minor Op 40
Jacob Bettinelli (baritone) Marie Otaka (piano)
Songs by Duparc, Gounod, Mahler and Rossini
British cellist Ariana Kashefi is in high demand as a chamber musician and soloist performing in such venues as the Wigmore Hall, Pierre Boulez Saal, Berlin Philharmonie, Royal Albert Hall, Southbank centre and more. Ariana is a Park Lane Group Young Artist, as well as being the winner of the Making Music ‘Awards for Young Concert Artists' (AYCA), a finalist in the Royal Overseas League competition, and 3rd prize winner in the International Rubinstein Competition held in Berlin. She is also the recipient of the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society's ‘Julius Isserlis Scholarship' for instrumental studies abroad which allowed her to study for her masters at the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler' in Berlin with professor Claudio Bohorquez. In Berlin she was chosen on two separate occasions to perform in the prestigious ‘Excellence Concerts' for exceptional students. Ariana is currently studying for an Artist Diploma with Professor Frans Helmerson at the Barenboim-Said Academy. She began at the junior department of the Royal Academy of music and later completed her bachelors of music with first class honours at the Royal College of Music, where she won the cello prize and names an ‘RCM rising star'. Recently she has appeared as a soloist live on BBC radio 3 ‘In Tune' performing a selection of works including excerpts from Poulenc's Cello sonata and a premiere of a new solo cello work by British composer Deborah Pritchard which was written and dedicated to her.
Kumi Matsuo was born in Tokyo, Japan. Winner of the 5th Louisiana International Piano Competition, she has also won numerous other international competitions. After graduating from the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, Kumi studied at the Royal College of Music where she completed her Artist Diploma, Master's degree and the Anthony Saltmarsh Junior Fellow in Accompaniment. She won the RCM concerto competition twice. She has also played Schnittke's Concerto Grosso No.1 conducted by Vladimir Jurowski at the Queen Elisabeth Hall. Kumi made her debut at Carnegie Hall in 2014 and a tour in New Orleans with Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra performing Beethoven's Emperor Concerto in 2015.
Jacob Bettinelli was a 2016 Britten-Pears Young Artist and is currently studying for a Masters in Performance degree at the Royal College of Music, where he is a Jessie Sumner Scholar. He made his professional debut as a baritone soloist singing Handel's Messiah with Hong Kong Voices. He has won many awards including the ABRSM 60th Anniversary National High Achievers award, first prize at the Hong Kong Youth Singing Festival and first prize in the open Male Voice Class at both 60th and 62nd Hong Kong Schools Music Festivals. He was awarded both the Talent Unlimited Charity Prize and the Stonevale Concert Series Prize. Jacob is active in both concert and recital, and his repertoire encompasses a wide range of genres. Some highlights include a concert in Lucca, Italy premiering music by Puccini (senior) under Bruno Nicoli (La Scala), Faure's Requiem, Beethoven's song cycle ‘An die ferne Geliebte' at Beethoven Summer Festival, Brahms Song project at Aldeburgh Festival, Yellow River Cantata at Sheldoian Theatre, Oxford, Faith of The Nation gala at Cadogan Hall and the British Youth Opera concert at the Italian Ambassador's residence, opera evening at Carlton Club. Operatic appearances include ‘Masetto' in Mozart's Don Giovanni at Hong Kong City Hall. Jacob is grateful for the continued support he has received from the Talent Unlimited.
Admission free with retiring collection. No tickets issued beforehand