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Riccardo Pes (cello) and Kumi Matsuo (piano) play Dyson, Mendelssohn and Pes

Wednesday October 16, 2019 at 13:10
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Cello Sonata - Sir George Dyson
  2. Sonata for cello and piano No 1 in B flat Op 45 - Felix Mendelssohn
  3. The Song of the Birds, for cello and electronics - Riccardo Pes
  4. The Resonance - Riccardo Pes

Riccardo Pes was born in 1987 in Spilimbergo, Italy. He currently studies at the Royal College of Music, London, on the Artist Diploma course under the tuition of professor Melissa Phelps. He is an RCM Scholar, supported by a Soiree d'Or Award, Pauline Hartley Award and the Kathleen Trust. Riccardo previously studied at the Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello di Venezia and attended the High Specialization Music Courses held by Giovanni Sollima at Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecilia in Rome. He graduated the highest mark and the congratulations of the jury.

Riccardo has attended international masterclasses with Franz Bartolomey, Frans Helmerson, Ludwig Quandt, Michael Sanderling, Johannes Goritzki, Gustavo Tavares, Julian Arp, Maria Kliegel, Enrico Dindo, Michael Flaksman and Jelena Ocic.

As a soloist, Riccardo has played with I Solisti Veneti conducted by Claudio Scimone, and performed the Tartini Cello Concerto in A Major in Padua and with the Ensemble Serenissima, and the Vivaldi Concerto in B-flat, unpublished, at the Theater Zancanaro in Sacile. He has played music for solo cello from Bach to Morricone at the AHA! Festival at the University of Gothenburg, Terre di Maremma Festival, High Notes Festival in Lucca, Biennale of Venice - in important venues in London, such as: St James’s Piccadilly, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Royal Academy of Arts and Linconln’s Inn Chapel. Next performances are including the King’s Place and the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall.

As chamber musician Riccardo has worked with important musicians such as Mario Brunello, Giovanni Sollima, Drum&Cello, 100 cellos of Teatro Valle Rome and Triennale of Milan. He regularly plays in a cello and piano duo with Matteo Andri, and also with I Solisti Veneti in Padua performing works by local composers, Ferruccio Busoni Orchestra in Trieste with pianist Roberto Plano on various recording projects.

As a collaborative cellist, Riccardo has worked with the scientist Margherita Hack, writer Alessandro Marzo Magno, poet Morten Sondergaard, photographers Giuliano e Gianni and Cesare Borghesan, as well as actors and contemporary circus artists. Riccardo played as part of the commemorations of the 150th anniversary of the Founding of Italy (broadcast live on Mogliano TV) and has collaborated with the electronic artist and European competitions winner, Jens Thomsen (SUNS festival, "Nordic Matters" at Southbank Centre in London).

Riccardo has studied composition with Battista Pradal and recently published his first solo album called Cellina Work. He has made recordings for the music labels Velut Luna, Concerto (Milan), Irene (Spilimbergo) and for the national magazine Amadeus.

Riccardo has won First Prize (concerto competition category) and Second Prize (recital category) at the Richmond Festival Competition; Second Prize at both the Hatfield and District Festival Competition and Piove di Sacco Competition.

Riccardo plays a cello made by Edgar Russ in Cremona, 2014.

Kumi Matsuo was born in Tokyo, Japan. Winner of the 5th Louisiana International Piano Competition in 2013, she has also won Second Prize at the 75th Music Competition of Japan in 2006, Third Prize at the 22nd Ferrol International Piano Competition in 2008 and First Prize at the 6th Isidor Bajic International Piano Competition in 2012.

Kumi graduated from the Toho Gakuen High School of Music and the Toho Gakuen University of Music in Tokyo. In 2007 she moved to London for her further study at the Royal College of Music where she gained an Artist Diploma and a Master of Music in Performance. Her study was supported by the Charles Napper Award, the Russell Gander Award and the Rohm Music Foundation.

In 2008 Kumi won RCM concerto competition and gave her London debut playing Ravel’s Piano Concerto for left hand, in Cadogan Hall with RCM Sinfonietta conducted by Peter Stark. In 2009 she performed Schnittke’s Concerto Grosso No 1 with RCM Chamber Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski at the Queen Elisabeth Hall. She also performed Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No 3 with RCM Symphony Orchestra under Martin André at the Royal College of Music. In 2014 she gave her New York debut at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall.

Kumi has played solo and chamber music in UK, USA, France, Holland, Poland, Romania, India and Japan and performed as a soloist with orchestras such as Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Galicia Symphony Orchestra, Banatul Symphony Orchestra, Rapides Symphony Orchestra, Constanza Symphony Orchestra and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. She has recently finished the Anthony Saltmarsh Junior Fellow in Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music.

Free recital (retiring collection)

St James's Church, Piccadilly
197 Piccadilly
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