Edward Caine, Composer

Rika Zayasu

Fri, 27th Apr 2012 8.30pm
NCEM, York
£10/£9

Former York student, London based Japanese pianist Rika Zayasu performs a fine selection of recent works by some of the most vibrant composers of our time from different generations. The concert features works by Evis Sammoutis, Edd Caine, Thomas Simaku, John Stringer, and Ian Dickson, intertwined.

Programme:
Bach: French Suite no. 1 in D minor
Evis Sammoutis: Prelude and Allegro Hommage à Bach (2002)
Edd Caine: [...] Simplest of all tongues (2008)
Debussy: Extracts from Préludes from book I
VI. Des pas sur la neige
VII. Ce qu'a vu le vent d'Ouest
Thomas Simaku: Des Pas Chromatiques (2005)

Interval
Sibelius: 5 pieces op. 75
No. 4 The Birch
No. 5 The Spruce
John Stringer: Disquiet (2004/5)
Ian Dickson: Solo for piano No. 1 and No. 2
Stravinsky: 3 Mouvements de Pétrouchka

Rika Zayasu Biography

Japanese pianist Rika Zayasu was born in Tokyo in 1972. She was trained at the Conservatoire de Boulogne-Billancourt (1st prize with jury''s unanimity), Guildhall School of Music and Drama (MMus) and University of York (MPhil) while also receiving private tuitions by Denis Pascal, Michel Béroff and Maria Curcio, the legendary pupil of Artur Schnabel. Enthusiastic about new music, she gave several world premieres in the UK and abroad. Following the completion of her thesis on the music of Tôru Takemitsu, she gave the world premiere of her piano transcription of Takemitsu''s Requiem for string orchestra at St Martin-in-the-fields to critical acclaim. Her new album featuring piano works by Debussy and Takemitsu will be released on Claudio Records in 2012.Rika Zayasu performs as a recitalist and chamber musician and recent appearances include London, Paris, and Tokyo. During the 2012/13 season, she will make several appearances in the UK, at the venues including St John''s Smith Square in London, West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge, and Sir Jack Lyon''s Concert Hall in York. She currently lives in London with her husband and a Welsh springer spaniel.

Promoted by Rika Zayasu.

More Info: http://www.rikazayasu.com/

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