St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Rika Zayasu - piano

Friday, 12 August at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Rika Zayasu - piano

Chopin

                 Ballade No. 4 Op. 52           

Scriabin

                 Piano sonata No. 2 Op. 19

                                           No. 4 Op. 30

                                           No. 7 Op. 64

Born in Tokyo in 1972, Japanese pianist Rika Zayasu is a much sought-after soloist, chamber musician, and educator. She has performed throughout Europe and in Japan, and is the founder and artistic director of Wednesday Afternoons Music (www.wednesdayafternoonsmusic.co.uk), a non-profit organisation which hosts a series of concerts and workshops in the UK and abroad, and Tudeley Festival of Chamber Music and Voice (www.tudeleychambermusicfestival.co.uk).

Next season will include a tour in the United States and Canada (Beethoven piano concertos), a debut recital in Florida US, a series of chamber music concerts in France and Italy, and the inaugurate concert with the Berkeley Ensemble (Franck, Piano Quintet) at Tudeley Music Festival for voice and chamber music, Kent UK.

Her much awaited Debussy album was released by Claudio Records in 2012 to celebrate his 150th birth anniversary and received immediate acclaim by the British press including a five-star review from Musical Opinion. Future projects with Claudio include the recording of complete piano sonatas by Scriabin and the collaboration with Ukrainian born violinist Dima Tkachenko for various works for violin and piano, including a new work by British composer Christian Mason.

Having spent her formative years in France, Rika Zayasu studied under Michel Béroff and Denis Pascal in Paris before moving to London to work with Maria Curcio, the legendary pupil of Artur Schnabel. She is a holder of Postgraduate Diploma and Master's Degree (Piano, PACC, GSMD under the supervision of Professor Joan Havill and Paul Hamburger) and her doctoral thesis on the 26 concerti of Japanese composer Tōru Takemitsu 'To the Edge of Sound' was submitted in 2006 at the University of York. She currently lives in Kent, UK. 

                "...an emotional and dramatic work that left concertgoers stunned by the explosion of sound. Zayasu's grace and power was recognized and rewarded as the audience gave a standing ovation that brought her out no less than three times..." The Chieftain, Colorado USA.