St Bride's: Music - Marmara Piano Trio and Guest Artist

St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Marmara Piano Trio and Guest Artist

Tuesday, 5 February at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Marmara Piano Trio and Guest Artist

Mine Doğantan-Dack – piano
Mona Kodama – violin
Thomas Gregory – cello
with Juan Drown – viola

J Brahms

Piano Quartet no. 2, op. 26 in A Major

1. Allegro non troppo

2. Poco adagio

3. Scherzo: Poco allegro

4. Finale: Allegro

Mine Doğantan-Dack (piano) was born in Istanbul. She studied at the Juilliard School of Music (BM, MM) with Oxana Yablonskaya, and received the prestigious William Petschek award. Mine performs as a soloist and chamber musician. She has given concerts in the USA, Germany, France, Turkey and the UK, and her playing has been described as an 'oasis' and 'heaven on earth'. Mine has a parallel career as a musicologist, holding a PhD from Columbia University. She has published several books including Recorded Music (2008) and Artistic Practice as Research in Music (2015). She currently teaches performance and performance studies at the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge. Highlights of this season include performances of Mozart's piano concertos K. 413 and K. 466, Beethoven's piano concerto No. 4, and Liszt's piano concerto No. 1.

Mona Kodama (violin) studied in Japan under Akiko Suwa and Takashi Shimizu and attended the Kunitachi Music School in Tokyo. Upon leaving school, Mona came to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music under Yfrah Neaman and Mark Knight, gaining a Master's in 2001. Mona divides her time between Tokyo and London. She is frequently in demand in Japan where she is a popular recital soloist, and a regular guest artist at several concert series. In Britain, Mona specialises more in chamber music, having played in the Ibberson Quartet, Altissimo Ensemble, Marmara Piano Trio and others. She is co-leader of the Keld Ensemble. Mona has given concerto performances with several British orchestras, and has performed in other European countries. Mona is professor of violin and viola at the Junior Guildhall School of Music in London and teaches for Hertfordshire Music Service.

Thomas Gregory (cello) graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in his hometown London. From then, he received a fellowship to continue his studies at the University of Michigan, studying with the Danish Cellist Erling Bløndal Bengtsson. He has performed all the major concertos and gives regular recitals. As well as conducting the Fortismere Community Orchestra, he also directs ensembles for the Haringey Music Service and teaches cello at the Centre for Young Musicians. Thomas is also the creator of the popular series of books for beginner string players called Vamoosh.

Juan Drown (viola) studied at Cambridge University, and completed his training at the Moscow Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music. Juan gives regular viola recitals and chamber music concerts in the London area, and has performed as soloist and chamber musician across the UK, in France, Romania, Spain, and in his homeland the Isle of Man. In 2000 he was awarded the Vaughan Williams Bursary at the Tertis International Viola Competition. Juan is principal viola for the Keld Ensemble, and plays first viola for the quartet 'altoTune'. Juan is a fully qualified Suzuki teacher on both violin and viola. He is Lead Teacher for Strings in West Hertfordshire, and is a regular tutor in workshops across Europe.

The origins of the Marmara Piano Trio go back to 2010 when pianist Mine Dogantan-Dack won a major award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council of the UK to undertake a practice-led project on chamber music performance. Since then, the Marmara Piano Trio has become a household name and a sought-after ensemble particularly in the London classical music scene. With their international background (Turkish, Japanese, Danish-English) reflecting the multiculturalism of the London metropolis, the members of the Marmara Piano Trio are versatile musicians, fulfilling diverse roles that include teaching, composing, arranging, Suzuki teacher training, concertising, outreach activities, academic research and scholarly publishing. In addition to the piano trio repertoire, the ensemble also frequently performs piano quartet and quintet music.