Yura Zaiki – piano
Recorded live at St Bride’s on Tuesday 28th November.Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata No 21 in C major, Op 53 ‘Waldstein’
Ballade No 4, Op 52 in F minorClaude Debussy
1. Pagodes (Pagodas)
2. La soirée dans Grenade (Evening in Granada)
3. Jardins sous la pluie (Gardens in the rain)
Yura Zaiki is a Japanese pianist based in London. She received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with the prestigious full ABRSM scholarship, and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland trust scholarship. She graduated top of her class, and was awarded the Performance Prize for Keyboard. She studied under Professors Aaron Shorr, Fali Pavri and Jonathan Plowright.
Previously, she joined the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music, where she won First prize in the Iris Dyer Piano Competition. Her awards in competitions include First prize in the Evangelia Tjiarri International Competition, Second prize in the Elena Richter International Competition, First prize in the Chiba Piano Competition, First prize in the North London Piano Festival and Fifth prize in the Petrof Piano Competition. She also received the Craxton Memorial Trust Award.
She has performed in many venues, such as the Piano Festival at FAZIOLI Hall in Italy and the BBC interval concert at Glasgow City Halls. She was also invited to perform by the Embassies of the Republic of Lithuania and Japan, at Goldsmiths University of London, at the Institut Français d’Écosse in Edinburgh and the Larnaca Municipal Theater in Cyprus.
She is an animal lover and a founder of The Cerasus, where she organises a series of charity concerts in Tokyo, London, and Glasgow for animals in need. She also had the privilege of playing in masterclasses with great pianists including Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Richard Goode, Robert Levin, Steven Osborne and Frank Wibaut.
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