Sunday 26 June 3.00 pm
Maja Horvat (violin) Kumi Matsuo (piano)
Mozart: Violin sonata in B flat K454 (22')
Largo-Allegro / Andante / Allegretto
Beethoven: Violin sonata in A Op 47 'Kreutzer' (35')
Adagio-Presto / Andante & Variations / Presto
Maja Horvat is a violinist from Slovenia who was one of the eight finalist at the 2022 YCAT Auditions from 150 applicants. She gave her debut performance at Wigmore Hall in 2021 as first violinist of the Brompton Quartet, of which she is a founding member. They won the St. Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition and have collaborated with record producer Andrew Keener on a forthcoming release. In 2019 Maja was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society's Emily Anderson Prize for an outstanding violinist. She has performed as a soloist with orchestras including the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra Mladi Solisti and the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra. She graduated from the Conservatory for Music and Ballet Ljubljana in 2015. Since then she has studied at the Royal College of Music as a Leverhulme Arts Scholar. She won the Temsig Slovenian National Competition and the International Tartini Competition; she was awarded the Special Szymanowski Prize at the inaugural Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition. She has performed as concertmaster of the Echo Ensemble and the Royal College of Music's Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras. She is currently studying for her Artist Diploma at the RCM under the tutelage of Alina Ibragimova.
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.
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