St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Fumi Otsuki - violin and Yu-Fen Lin - piano

Friday, 6 March at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Schumann
      From the 'Fairy tale picture

          I)  Lebhaft, nicht zu schnell
          II)  Lebhaft und sehr markirt

Smetana
      From The Homeland
          I) Moderato (A major)
          II) Andantino-Moderato (G minor)

Wienawski
      Légende

Fumi Otsuki was born and grew up in Sendai in northern Japan. He studied the violin with Jill Thoday, piano with Antonietta Notariello and composition with Nigel Clarke at the Royal Academy of Music. Later he studied violin with Kun Hu and piano with Raymond Banning at the Trinity College of Music, and also took Master Classes in Dartington and Couchevel, private lessons with Tomotada Soh, Andrea J. Gajic, Jean-Jaques Kantrow and others.

Fumi has given many concerts at London venues, including the chapel at the Royal Marsden hospital in south Kensington, Heath Street Church in Hampstead, and has also performed in many charity concerts in London and elsewhere for the reconstruction after the great east Japan earthquake tsunami which happened in 2011.   

Yu-Fen Lin was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and started learning the piano at the age of eight. She completed her Bachelor of Music Degree in 2010 at the Tainan National University of Arts in Taiwan under the tuition of Pei-Chung Liao. After that she came to UK to study Master Degree at Birmingham Conservatoire and graduated with Distinction in 2011. She continued her piano studies at the Conservatoire, having been awarded a scholarship to study on the flagship Advanced Postgraduate Diploma Professional Performance course in 2012 under Prof. Malcolm Wilson, Margaret Fingerhut and Katya Apekisheva. While in Birmingham she participated in masterclasses with many leading pianists, including Boris Slutsky, Patsy Toh, Peter Donohoe, Martin Jones, Steven Osborne, William Fong, Roy Howat, Andrei Gavrilov, Anthony Hewitt and William Howard. Her local public appearances included a solo performance at the Birmingham Symphony Hall in December 2012 and a performance in Birmingham Town Hall in June 2013 where she played Britten Piano Concerto for the composer's 100th anniversary with Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lionel Friend. She also played in a piano trio which attended many competitions in 2013 and won the Leamington Music Prize. After graduating with an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma from Birmingham with Distinction, she continued to study at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Hungary in 2014, having been awarded a full scholarship from the Weingarten Trust. She is currently working in London as a freelance musician and a private piano teacher.