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Live online from London: Dreaming | Yuki Negishi (piano)

Saturday September 26, 2020 at 20:00
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Saturday September 26, 2020
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  1. Sonata for Piano No 14 in C sharp minor, ‘Quasi una fantasia' (Moonlight) Op 27 No 2 - Ludwig van Beethoven
  2. Berceuse in D flat Op 57 - Fryderyk Chopin
  3. Images for Piano (Book 1, 1905) L 110 - Claude Debussy
  4. No 3: Dreaming, from 4 Sketches, for piano Op 15 - Amy Marcy Beach
  5. Peace Piece - Bill Evans

A programme straight from a dream. Pianist, Yuki Negishi takes the stage from her home for an ethereal concert centred on night and that place we go to when we close our eyes. The evening begins with Beethoven's ever-popular Moonlight Sonata followed by Chopin's Berceuse. The evening continues with Debussy's Images Book 1 and Beach's stunning 'Dreaming' from Four Sketches. The concert finishes with Peace Piece by Bill Evans.

Yuki Negishi has established herself as a pianist of rare poetry, passion and virtuosity, as well as an adjudicator, educator and researcher, captivating audiences wherever she performs around the world. Yuki has already performed in over 500 concerts in the UK alone, including many of the most important halls and festivals, and regularly performs about 30 concerts a year internationally as recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician in countries such as the Netherlands (Concertgebouw), France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy (Festival di Londra), Romania, Japan, China and the USA. She has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, ITV, Channel 4, Dutch, Polish, Romanian and French television and radio. She will be releasing her second CD through the Quartz label (www.quartzmusic.com) later this year, including music by Chopin, Kapustin and the world-premiere recording of Melanie Spanswick's 'Enigma', written for Yuki in 2019. Her articles have been published by Early Music Journal (Oxford University Press) amongst many other journals and blogs. During the 2020 covid-19 pandemic, she performed for the AndraTuttoBene Online Music Festival, which was widely praised in the Italian media and the Absolute Classics Festival Live Rooms Online, which featured on ITV News. Her 'Piano Music by Women' series in June/July was chosen in the Top 5 online performances for the week of 29 June alongside the Wigmore recitals by Angela Hewitt and Mitsuko Uchida/Mark Padmore by Pianist Magazine.

In the past two seasons, she has given recitals and masterclasses in Beijing as part of Piano Week, sold-out recitals in Tokyo (at the famous Toppan Hall), recitals at St John's Smith Square London, St James's Piccadilly, at the Dumfries & Galloway International Arts Festival presented by Absolute Classics, and dozens of other venues in the UK. She also served as a jury member for the Sussex International Piano Competition consecutively four times since its inauguration (including the recent 2018 edition) alongside such distinguished pianists as Artur Pizarro (Leeds 1st prize 1990), Vanessa Latarche (RCM Head of Keyboard), Ian Fountain (RAM Professor), Julian Jacobson (RCM Professor), legendary pianists Idil Biret, Chee-Hung Toh and Dennis Lee. Other competitions she has adjudicated include the Open Piano Competition (2012) and the London Youth Piano Competition (2019). This past season also saw the launch of the newly formed Solomon Piano Quintet with several appearances performing premieres in London and Tokyo.

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Yuki Negishi started playing the piano at the age of 5 in New York City. At the age of 10, she was accepted to The Juilliard School Pre-College Division as an honorary scholarship student. Yuki has since worked with such eminent figures as the late Takahiro Sonoda, Christian Zacharias, the late Irina Zaritskaya, Dominique Merlet, Dr Peter Katin and Murray Perahia at the Toho Gakuen School of Music, Amsterdam Conservatory and the Royal College of Music where she obtained her Masters in Music degree with distinction and Artist Diploma in 2006. At the age of 16, she was the youngest prize-winner at the Takahiro Sonoda Piano Competition and she was awarded the 2nd prize at the 2000 International Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Bucharest. Since coming to the UK in 2001, she has additionally won no less than 10 coveted prizes at the RCM and elsewhere. As a chamber musician, Yuki has collaborated with members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and regularly performs with the award-winning London Myriad Ensemble. In 2018, she performed with the 1st prize-winners of the Munich International String Trio Competition 2012, Trio Oreade in Switzerland and the UK.

Yuki has released a solo CD, and also a DVD from Sound Techniques in conversation with BBC presenter Andrew Green. Yuki is a regular faculty member of Piano Week since 2015 where she gives masterclasses and recitals.

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