St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Kana Kawashima - violin, and Miho Kawashima - piano

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

Kana Kawashima - violin, and Miho Kawashima - piano  Kana Kawashima - violin, and Miho Kawashima - piano


Suite Italienne for Violin & Piano

(after Pulcinella, transcribed with Samuel Dushkin)




                                           Gavotta con due Varizioni





Violin Sonata No.3 in D minor, Op.108



                                           Un poco presto e con sentimento

                                           Presto agitato

Kana Kawashima, born in Japan in 1991, began playing the violin at age 4. Brought to England at age 6, she studied with Eszther Katona and Natasha Boyarsky, and was awarded a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School in 2003. In 2009, she moved to Vienna to study at the Vienna Conservatory with Pavel Vernikov where she completed both her Bachelor's, and most recently her Master's degree.

She has appeared as a soloist and in ensembles in such major halls as the Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall (Soloist for Stars for Scope), Barbican Centre (Soloist with LSSO), St. John's Smith Square, Musikverein Vienna; performed as a soloist extensively in the UK, also in Italy, Portugal, Ireland, Austria, Israel, Japan. She has performed as a soloist with orchestras including London Schools Symphony Orchestra, Menuhin School Orchestra, Mihail Jora Symphony Orchestra and has recorded as a soloist with the London Schools Symphony Orchestra. As an avid chamber music player, she has performed with artists such as Dora Schwarzburg, Istvan Vardai, Alissa Margulis, Boris Andrianov.

Kana has attended and performed at festivals such as the Kronberg Academy, Eilat Music Festival, Julian Rachlin and Friends Festival, Bath International Festival and Keshet Eilon Music Festival. She is a prizewinner of various competitions such as at Oikawa Classics 2014, Tunbridge Wells International Young Artists Competition (2008) as the youngest competitor. Kana has taken part in masterclasses with Dora Schwarzberg, Zakhar Bron, Julian Rachlin, Igor Ozim, Ana Chumachenco, Ivry Gitlis, Menachem Pressler and Maurizio Fuks.


Born in Japan, Miho Kawashima began her studies with Ruth Nye in London, England in 1996, and in 2002 gained a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School. Her numerous concerts include performances in Japan, Holland, Turkey, Estonia, France, Belgium as well as prestigious venues within London, including the Royal Festival Hall, Fairfield Halls, St James Palace, St. John Smith's Square, Queen Elizabeth Hall and for the Friends of Chelsea Festival. She has taken part in masterclasses with many renowned musicians including John Lill, the Beaux Arts Trio and Sir Colin Davis.

In September 2006 she was awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Music where she continued her studies with Ruth Nye, graduating with an Honours BMus Degree in Performance. Concerts since include recitals in Steinway Halls, and as part of the Deal Music Festival, performances of Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No.2 and Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2 with the Ealing Youth Orchestra, and a wide range of solo and chamber music concerts in the UK.

In 2013, she completed her Masters studies at Universitat Mozarteum Salzburg in the class of Pavel Gililov; recent and upcoming performances include Mozart Concerto K.415 with Sinfonietta Köln and solo and chamber music repertoire in Europe and Japan.