Sunday 16 January 3.00 pm
James Birch (violin)
Yusuke Del Osada
Brahms: Scherzo in C minor (6')
Bach: 'Largo/Allegro Assai' from Sonata in C BWV1005 (7')
Bloch: Nigun (7')
Fauré: Après un rêve (3')
Debussy: Violin Sonata (14')
Allegro / Intermède / Finale
Ysaye: Sonata Op 27 no 3 in D minor (7')
Wieniawski: Polonaise de concert in D Op 4 (5')
James Birch was born in Australia in 2007 and began to play the violin at the age of 4 and a half, and piano at 5, showing great passion and musical talent. At age 12 James played Mozart Concerto No3 as soloist with Reddam Philharmonic Orchestra. He studied with David Takeno as an exceptional scholarship holder at Junior Guildhall school of Music & Drama. He currently studies with are Simon Blendis and Diana Galvydyte, and is also under the guidance of Shlomo Mintz and Nicola Benedetti as mentors, regularly joining the Shlomo Mintz Academy Seminar. He has distinguished himself at several international competitions, including the 2019 Zhuhai International Mozart Competition, the 1st Prize Winner 2020 London Grand Prize Virtuoso international music competition, and was selected to play at the Royal Albert Hall. He won the Royal Academy of Music grand prize at the New Talent British International Youth Music Competition and Festival 2021. He is currently a year 10 student at Radnor House Sevenoaks. He likes bike riding, reading, ski and socializing with his friends.
Born in Tokyo, Japanese-British pianist Yusuke enjoys performing throughout Europe and Japan was born in Tokyo, Japan. After attending Toho Music school pre-college division in Tokyo and the Juilliard School pre-college division, Yusuke entered the Universitaet der Kunste Berlin, Germany where he was accepted with the highest mark in his audition but eventually completed his studies at the Hochschule fuer Musik, Theater, und Medien Hannover. Yusuke has been a finalist and prize winner in several international competitions, such as International Beethoven Competition organized by the Beethoven society of Europe, Dudley International Piano Competition, and the Christopher Duke Memorial Competition. Solo and chamber music engagements have taken him as far afield as Europe and Japan, including Suntory Hall, Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw(Kleine Zaal), Bridgewater Hall, and St. James' Picadilly.
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