Saturday, 13 August 2016

Mariko Asakawa-North & Candice Hamel Piano & Flute Recital St Disen's Church Bradninch Thursday 29 September 2016

Candice Hamel
Mariko Asakawa-North

Back in Bradninch after the her hugely popular concert last year, flutist Candice Hamel will be joined by the renowned pianist Mariko Asakawa-North for an evening of beautiful music. Those lucky enough to have heard Candice’s concert with the harpist Ruby Aspinall will look forward to the joyful inventiveness that she brings to music from the baroque to the modern, from J C Bach to Lili Boulanger.

Scottish-Japanese pianist Mariko Asakawa-North received her first piano at the age of 7 as a surprise gift from her beloved Japanese grandfather. From 13 she was a violin and piano scholar at North East of Scotland Music School and in 2001 won first prize in the Moray International Piano Competition, and began her studies at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, then at the Royal College of Music and at the Dartington International Summer School. Her recent concerts include performances at LSO St Lukes, Bluthners Piano Centre, The Edinburgh Festival (with Opera Bohemia) and Barbican Hall (as part of the BBC Total Immersion Series, recorded for BBC Radio 3).

She is now based in Exeter where she has a busy chamber music performance schedule and is a Visiting Music Teacher at Blundell's School. Mariko has a keen interest in contemporary music, and studied with world-renowned contemporary pianist and composer, Rolf Hind, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has played in masterclasses with such distinguished artists as Dominique Merlet, Stephen Kovacevic, Martino Tirimo, Boris Berman, Malcolm Martineau, and Peter Hill.

Candice studied flute at Trinity College of Music and The Royal Conservatoire, Holland and has played with the Philharmonia, London Chamber Orchestra, London Sinfonia, RTE Concert Orchestra and RTE Symphony Orchestra. She has toured to Moscow, America and Japan. And of course, Bradninch!

As well as regular playing commitments, Candice maintains an active teaching programme for students of all ages and abilities from beginner to Diploma and beyond, and offers personal courses as well as masterclasses.

Candice and Mariko will present an exciting programme, to show us how expressive, how lyrical and how powerful these instruments are. As usual we will be offering a glass of wine or soft drink in the interval, and look forward to many friends joining us to welcome them.

Tickets are £10.00 (no concessions but under 15’s free)

- at the door, from SPAR in Bradninch, or by phoning 01392 881 525.

Mariko Asakawa-North
Candice Hamel
Music at St Disen's
St Disen's Church Bradninch
Thursday 29 September 7pm
Piano: Mariko Asakawa-North
Flute: Candice Hamel
Bohuslav Martinů: "Sonata"
(for Rudolf Serkin 1954)
J S Bach: "Sonata in E major"
(for Michael Gredersdorf 1741)
Jules Mouquet: "La Flûte de Pan"
(for Léopold Lafleurance 1904)
Georges Enescu:
"Cantabile & Presto"
(for Paul Taffanel 1904)
Lili Boulanger: "2 Pieces"
- I "Nocturne" 1918
Tickets: £10 (U15 FREE)
from the Bradninch branch of Spar
or at the door on the night
Box Office: 01392 881525

Mariko Asakawa-North
Lunchtime Recital
Bristol Cathedral
Friday 4 October 1.15-2pm
(postponed from 9 August)
Piano: Mariko Asakawa-North
Oliver Knussen: "Prayer Bell Sketch" 1997
(To the memory of Toru Takemitsu
Maurice Ravel: "Miroirs"
- V "La Vallée des Cloches" 1904
Dai Fujikura: "Frozen Heat"

Sergei Prokofiev: "4 Pieces for Piano"
- IV "Suggestion Diabolique" 1908
Mariko Brown: "Piano Sonata" 2004
(commissioned for Helen Reid)
Claude Debussy: "Images" 2ème Série
- III "Poissons d'Or" 1907
Admission: FREE

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