Thursday 18 March 4.0 pm
Streamed LIVE concert in an empty church
Anna Hashimoto (clarinet)
Meghan Cassidy (viola)
Florian Mitrea (piano)
Brahms: Clarinet sonata in F minor Op 120 no 1 (23')
Schumann: Fantasiestücke Op 73 for viola (11')
Mozart: Trio in E flat K498 'Kegelstatt' (20')
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Anna Hashimoto ARAM has a career encompassing appearances as a soloist and orchestral musician alongside a commitment to education. As a soloist Anna has worked with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Myung-Whun Chung and Martyn Brabbins, and performed chamber music collaborations with artists such as Michael Collins, Leon McCawley, and the Endellion, Maxwell, and Kodaly String Quartets. After winning the Young Clarinettists Competition in Tokyo in 2003, she made her London concerto debut at the age of fifteen with the English Chamber Orchestra at the Barbican Centre, and went on to win international clarinet competitions in Carlino, Italy, in 2009, and Kortrijk, Belgium, in 2010. Following this her solo career took her to major venues across Europe and Japan, performing concertos with orchestras such as the Brussels Philharmonic, Filharmonie Hradec Kralove in the renowned Dvorák Hall in Prague, Japan Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, and Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra. She released three solo CD albums which all received high praise, and has been broadcast on NHK TV and FM, Tokyo FM, ABC Radio and BBC Radio 3, including numerous appearances in Radio 3's ‘In Tune', NHK-FM's ‘Best of Classic', and NHK TV's ‘Classic Club'. She is a founding member of the Atéa Quintet, the Associate Ensemble in Residence at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.Anna has appeared as guest principal clarinet with orchestras such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Japan Chamber Orchestra, and the Flanders Symphony Orchestra. She is a clarinet tutor at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and often tutors on summer schools such as the Dartington International Summer School & Festival and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, as well as giving masterclasses and judging numerous competitions such as Japan Clarinet Society's Young Clarinettists Competition and the Cardiff Clarinet Convention.
Meghan studied the Viola with Garfield Jackson at the Royal Academy of Music, where she graduated in 2010, and was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in Spring 2019. During her time at the Academy she won the Sydney Griller Award and Sir John Barbirolli memorial prize.In 2007 Meghan joined the Solstice Quartet who went on the win Tillett Trust and Park Lane Group in 2008 and then the Royal Overseas League in 2009. With the Solstice Quartet Meghan has performed at the Wigmore hall and QEH as well as live on BBC Radio 3. She continued her studies with Tatjana Masurenko (Leipzig), Nabuko Imai (Hamburg) and Hartmut Rohde at IMS Prussia Cove. As a sought after chamber musician she has performed at Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival (Finland), Oxford May Music Festival, Oxford Chamber Music Festival, SoNoRo Festival (Bucharest) North Yorkshire Moors Chamber Music Festival, Stift International Music Festival (Holland), and the Monte Piano Trio's Chamber Music Festival in Sylt (Germany). Meghan has collaborated with the London Conchord Ensemble, Ensemble Midvest, Monte Piano Trio and Fidelio Piano Trio performing in London, Dublin, Frankfurt and Denmark. Alongside a chamber music career Meghan is Associate No.2 Viola with The London Mozart Players and Sub-Principal Viola with The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra. She has appeared as Guest Principal Viola with Orchestras such as, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera North and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In 2019 Meghan was the solo Violist for Hugh Jackman's U.K. and European Arena Tour of The Man The Music the Show. Meghan is founder and Artistic Director of the Marylebone Music Festival which has raised over £31,000 for Charity. The Festival will enjoy its sixth season 19th-25st June 2021. The Marylebone Music Festival, June 2020, released an Album with Air-Edel Besant Hall Records ‘Songs from the Marylebone Pleasure Gardens'
Described by Martha Argerich as ‘an outstanding young pianist', British-Romanian pianist Florian Mitrea is an award-winning soloist, having been a double-laureate at many of the most prestigious international competitions, including at the 2017 Glasgow, 2015 Hamamatsu, and 2014 ARD Munich Competitions. Florian has performed at venues including the Carnegie Hall, the Bozar Centre in Brussels, the Usher Hall in Edinburgh, the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, the Bunka Kaikan Hall in Tokyo, the Seoul Arts Centre, the Bavarian Radio Studios, and across Romania. He was an invited soloist with the Philharmonia in London, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Collegium Musicum in Basel, and the Romanian National Radio Orchestras and the Bucharest Philharmonic. He has impressed critics with ‘absorbing and masterly' performances (The Edinburgh Guide 2019), ‘stupendous virtuosity' (Su¨ddeutsche Zeitung, 2017), ‘phenomenal precision throughout' (The Herald, 2017), and ‘a mixture of phenomenal technique and ravishing musical intelligence' (The Cambridge Independent, 2018). He won the Radio Romania Muzical Most Popular CD of 2018 award for his solo debut CD. An alumni and appointed Associate of the RAM in London, Florian is now a teacher within the Piano Department, while also finishing his studies at the Imola Piano Academy, under Boris Petrushansky.
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