St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Miho Hakamata - violin, and Alan Brown - piano

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

Miho Hakamata - violin, and Alan Brown - piano   Miho Hakamata - violin, and Alan Brown - piano

F Kreisler

Prelude and allegro

E Elgar

Salut d'Amour

Taki/Yamada

Song of the Ruined Castle

F Kreisler

Tambourin Chinois

F Chopin/Milstein

Nocturne in C sharp Minor

P Sarasate

Zigeunerweisen

Miho Hakamata was born in Hamamatsu, Japan and began learning the violin at the age of three under the tutelage of Dr Suzuki. At the age of ten she performed Mozart's violin concerto No.5 in A in front of more than one thousand people in Matsumoto City Hall in Nagano and graduated in the Suzuki Method at the age of twelve. Since the age of seven, Miho's dream was always to become a violinist and violin teacher. She studied music at Kyoto City University of Arts and completed a Masters Degree in Music.

She went on to lead the Baroque Ensemble of Hamamatsu whilst building up her own teaching practice including teaching at Gakugei High School in Hamamatsu. Miho was offered a scholarship to study with Maestro Tibor Varga in Switzerland following her participation in his International Violin Competition.

Since then she has returned to Japan on many occasions, undertaking successful recital tours. She has also recorded a CD of violin miniatures with pianist Nigel Clayton and further developed her career by performing in the United Kingdom and on P&O cruises. She was also invited to play at Highgrove for a dinner hosted by Prince Charles.

Miho has also built up a teaching practice in the United Kingdom. Her students give regular performances in aid of charity and they have had success not only in music exams but also in gaining music scholarships, membership of the prestigious National Children's Orchestra, admission to the junior department of the Royal College of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire and winning numerous music competitions. In April 2011 Miho recorded music for YouTube especially for the 3.11 Japan earthquake/tsunami appeal.

Miho feels very strongly that music has great healing properties and would like to research more deeply into this.

Alan Brown studied piano and cello with Ruth Harte and Lilly Phillips at the Royal Academy of Music, gaining the prestigious Recital Diploma. Alan has performed over forty five concertos. He is in great demand as duo partner to wind and string players performing for many recitals, concerts and competitions in this country and in Germany, and has performed the complete cycle of Beethoven piano and violin sonatas with Igor Ozim in Slovenia. Alan gives much of his time to young students, and works as accompanist and coach at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music. He has a regular commitment to international violin courses, working with Igor Ozim in Weimar, Salzburg and Slovenia.

Miho Hakamatawas born in Hamamatsu, Japan, and began learning the violin at the age of three under the tutelage of Dr Suzuki. She was offered a scholarship to study with Maestro Tibor Varga in Switzerland following her participation in his International Violin Competition. She has returned to Japan on many occasions, undertaking successful recital tours, and has developed her career by performing in the UK and on P&O cruises. She was also invited to play at Highgrove for a dinner hosted by Prince Charles. In April 2011 Miho recorded music for YouTube, especially for the 3.11 Japan earthquake/tsunami appeal. Miho feels very strongly that music has great healing properties, and she would like to research more deeply into this.

Alan Brown studied piano and cello with Ruth Harte and Lilly Phillips at the Royal Academy of Music, gaining the prestigious Recital Diploma. Alan has performed over forty five concertos. He is in great demand as duo partner to wind and string players performing for many recitals, concerts and competitions in this country and in Germany, and has performed the complete cycle of Beethoven piano and violin sonatas with Igor Ozim in Slovenia. Alan gives much of his time to young students, and works as accompanist and coach at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music. He has a regular commitment to international violin courses, working with Igor Ozim in Weimar, Salzburg and Slovenia.