St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Fumi Otsuki - violin & Petra Hajduchova - piano

Friday, 18 March at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Fumi Otsuki - violin & Petra Hajduchova - piano

Johann Sebastian Bach

                              Solo violin sonata No.1 in g minor

                                                   I. Adagio

                                                   IV. Presto

Jean Sibelius

                              Five pieces for violin and piano op.81

                                                   I. Mazurka


Rebecca Clarke

                              Midsummer Moon


Jean Sibelius

                              Five pieces for violin and piano

                                                   II. Rondino

Frederick Delius

                              Violin sonata No.3

                                                   I. Slow

Fritz Kreisler

                              Rondino on a theme of Beethoven


Gabriel Fauré



Edward Elgar

                              Salut d'amour



Fumi Otsuki was born in Sendai, Japan and studied the violin with Gerhard Bosse and Masayoshi Kumai there, and Shizuko Ishii in Tokyo. After he moved to the U.K. he studied the violin with Jill Thoday, piano with Antonietta Notariello and composition with Nigel Clakre at the Royal Academy of Music, then violin with Kun Hu and piano with Raymond Banning at Trinity College of Music. Also, he took private violin lessons in London, masterclasses in Dartington and Couchevel with Tomotada Soh, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, and Sigrun Edvaldsdottir. He has given many concerts in many churches, such as Southwark Cathedral, St.Bride's Church, Fleet Street, the Chapel of the Royal Marsden Hospital, Emmanuel Church in Cambridge, All Saints, Hertford and the United Reformed Church, Farnham. His concert in Farnham on 7th October 2014 was reviewed in the Farnham Herald:  "The 18th annual season of Music at Lunchtime at Farnham United Reformed Church began with a concert given by Japanese violinist Fumi Otsuki, accompanied by New Guiu Ritort from Spain. Smetana's "From the homeland" gave the audience an idea of the way the composer felt about his native Bohemia. From the opening to the ending with many changes of mood these virtuoso pieces were enjoyed by all. The afternoon ended with Fumi, who played the first movement from sonata for violin solo in g-minor by J.S.Bach, an impressive piece of musical architecture. He will give concerts at churches in London, Kingston, Beckenham, Bromley, Woking, Brighton, Seaford, Sevenoaks, Colchester, Cambrdge, Oxford, Watford and Clare College, Cambridge between February and November this year." 


Petra Hajduchova is a classically trained musician with a passion for a wide range of musical genres. She completed her studies in 2011 at Trinity Conservatoire of Music, London and was awarded a TCM Trust Scholarship and the Raymond Russel Prize.  Prior to coming to the UK, she was active on the continent as an accompanist and also organist in Salzburg, having the rare privilege of being Mozart´s successor at St Peter´s Church.

Since the arriving in the UK, Petra has been in high demand as a soloist, accompanist, orchestral and chamber musician, worked for BBC radio 3 and television.

In addition to performing, Petra enjoys teaching piano and harpsichord and has participated in various educational projects.

She is also a member of Prima Vista (flute and harpsichord duet), winners of the June Emerson Wind Music Launchpad Prize 2012. Recent projects included a production of Monteverdi´s L´incoronazione di Poppea in Brazil with Ensemble OrQuesta. In addition to this, Petra enjoys playing contemporary music and has premiered works by composers such as Stephen Montague, Sivan Shenhav, Effy Efthymiou, Caroline Heslop and Karel Janovický.