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Encounter with the Piano Quintet

This programme consists of two of the most dynamic and large-scale works in the piano quintet repertoire.

Also, pay attention to a  new work for piano quintet by Ms.Melanie Spanswick. 

Jan.11, 2020  on Sat.   at 2 pm

      Toppan Hall    in Tokyo


3,500 yen  /  2,000 yen (15 or less)

all unreserved seat

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 Yuki Negishi, piano


Based in London, extensively active in Europe and Asia. Recently held concerts every year in Japan, attracting large audiences.

Solomon Quartet(string quartet)

    Tadasuke Iijima, violin

    Ayako Yamazaki, violin

    Yohei Nakajima, viola

    Matthew Strover, cello


Formed in London by 4 active musicians, graduates of the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music.

Currently active all across Europe.

~~    PROGRAMME    ~~

Antonin Dvorak  /        Piano Quintet in A Major, Op.81


Melanie Spanswick  /   Vortex(a movement for piano quintet)

                                 ≪world premiere ≫

Johannes Brahms   /     Piano Quintet in F minor, Op.34 


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Tadasuke Iijima was born in Japan, and has previously studied under the guidance of Boris Kuschnir, Toshiya Eto, Zakhar Bron, Mayumi Fujikawa, and Rivka Golani. He has won numerous competitions, including the highest award at the Tokyo’s “New Stars of Music” Competition, First Prize at the Toshiya Eto Violin Competition, First Prize in the Soloist Competition with the Hamamatu Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Special Prize for performing a Contemporary Piece at the Heifetz International Violin Competition, and First Prize at the Uralsk International Violin Competition. He has also been awarded the Harold Craxton Prize and David Martin Concerto Prize at the Royal Academy of Music, and won the Vera Kantrovich Prize, Vivian Joseph Classical Concerto Competition, and the Trinity Laban Soloist's Competition at Trinity College of Music. Tadasuke has appeared as a soloist alongside the Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo New City Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Kanagawa Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and the West Kazakhstan Orchestra and has attended masterclasses by Ida Haendel and Edith Peinemann.


Born in Japan, Ayako Yamazaki started her musical life at the age of three with the piano and singing lessons and started playing the violin a year later. She moved to London in 2000, where she gained Bachelor of Music and Postgraduate Diploma from the Royal Academy of Music under professors Richard Deakin and Jean Harvey. Her study was supported by the Belmore-Woodgate Scholarship throughout the years at the Academy. She was prizewinner at several internal competitions. She then went on further study with Bela Katona. The "work" with the master of the great Hungarian School greatly helped her discover deep inner singing and the true voice of the instrument in any style of music. Ayako has benefitted from masterclasses with a number of renowned violinists, such as Sylvia Rosenberg, Norbert Brainin, Lewis Kaplan and Thomas Brandis, as well as Bowdoin Music Festival in Maine, U.S.A. Ayako's unique but sincere musical approach, which was formed through experiencing many different cultures and styles, brings her to perform in many places as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.K., as well as in Italy and Japan at venues such as Kings Place, St. James’s Church Piccadilly (London) and Ongaku-no-tomo Hall (Tokyo) and her recital at the Bristol Cathedral got a rare 9/10 appreciation from the Bristol Evening Post music reviewer John Packwood. She was a finalist at the Japan Chamber Music Competition with her violin duo. Her orchestral experiences include leading positions of various orchestras and performances in Philharmonia, New London Sinfonia, Arion Orchestra and London Chamber Players. She has been chosen for leading positions at orchestra festivals such as National Youth Orchestra of Netherlands and Britten-Peares Young Artist Programme. The experiences of playing under conductors such as Sir Colin Davis and Vladimir Ashkenazi gave her much inspiration. She has also toured to Algeria to work as a co-leader at the National Orchestra of Algeria. Having much interest also in Baroque music, she leads a consort for the choral works and operas of that period.


Yohei Nakajima is a violist who studied the viola under Rivka Golani, and prior to that, the violin under Mayumi Fujikawa at Trinity College of Music in London.He is supported by several awards and scholarships, and regularly performs professionally at recitals and chamber music across the UK and Japan, and has also been invited to play in a number of international Festivals in the UK, Spain, Japan, USA, Israel, including Airas Nunes Aula de Camara in Santiago de compostela (2018), the Tarragona Music Festival (July, 2016), and the International Bartók Seminar and Festival (2013 and 2015) in Szombathely, Hungary.Recent projects include solo recitals of various repertoire for solo violas, Bach Cello Suites and recitals of multiple violas (two- four violas quartet). Yohei teaches both the violin and viola to students of all ages. He takes a structured approach to teaching and encourages students to have confidence in performing the instrument. His unique approach has helped numerous students successfully complete Grade 8 (ABRSM / Trinity / Guildhall) within 3 years, and a number of his students have also gone on to secure music scholarships at  schools/colleges across the UK. Passionate about exploring new possibilities for the viola, Yohei has created and performed his own transcripts of arrangements such as solo viola repertoires. He also continues to collaborate on various projects with Rivka Golani. Yohei holds a BA(Music), BMUS, FTCL (viola), LTCL (violin), and has also won several awards, including: Winner, Barbirolli String Quartet prize (2011) First Prize, Cavatina Chamber Music Competition (2009) He is a member of the String Committee of the Blackheath Music Festival. Yohei plays rare Hungarian viola by Otto Erdesz “cutaway model”.


Matthew Strover, born in Upminster, began learning the cello at an early age before progressing to the Junior Royal Academy of Music at fifteen as a student of Bozidar Vukotic. As a junior cellist, Matthew had much success in local competitions, winning many prizes. An experienced orchestral player, Matthew was a member of the St. Endellion 58th Summer Festival Orchestra in 2016. He has appeared as Principal Cellist in various student orchestras and performed in the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra under John Wilson, Sir Roger Norrington and Bernard Haitink. He has performed in prestigious London venues such the Wigmore Hall, St. Martin in the Fields and Cadogan Hall, and has toured Europe with orchestras on a number of occasions. Matthew’s soloist appearances have included regular concerti with Havering Concert Orchestra since 2010 and further engagements with HCO and Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra planned for 2017. Chamber music highlights have included a duo recital with eminent pianist Kathron Sturrock, performances at the Southbank Centre with TrinityGold cello ensemble led by international cellist Alexander Ivashkin and, most recently, a series of concerts in Maldon, Chelmsford and Colchester with the newly-formed Tanzanite Piano Trio. After four years studying with Natalia Pavlutskaya at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, Matthew graduated in 2013 with First Class Honours and the Silver Medal for string playing. In 2015 he completed a Master of Performance degree with Orchestral Specialism under Alexander Chaushian at the Royal College of Music.

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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 400 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, Channel 4, Dutch, Polish, Romanian and French television and radio. In the 2017-2018 season, 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. Future engagments include recitals, concerto performances and masterclasses across the UK and Asia. She will be on the jury of the 2nd Wimbledon International Piano Competition in June 2019. This season also sees the launch of the newly formed Solomon Piano Quintet with several appearances performing premieres in London. 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 ( This past season, 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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