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Free Lunchtime Concert: Chieko Arai (Violin) & Eri Yamamoto (Piano)

Tuesday 30 April 2019

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Representing the Royal Academy of Music


Szymanowski – La Fontaine d’Arethuse from Mythes
Szymanowski arr. Kochanski – Chant de Roxane from Le Roi Roger
Szymanowski arr. Kochanski – Piesn Kurpiowska
Richard Strauss – Sonata for Violin and Piano in E flat

Chieko Arai Violin
Eri Yamamoto Piano


Violinist Chieko Arai is a passionate and dedicated chamber music performer. Having given distinguished performances throughout London, including a duo recital at St James’s Piccadilly, Chieko is fast becoming known as a leading young musician. As she gains recognition, she finds herself in high demand for collaborative work, and enjoys performing with a wide variety of string quartets and other chamber music ensembles. She has rich experience in leading string quartets and was recently awarded 1st Prize in the Ambache Chamber Music Prize.

As a recipient of a generous full scholarship, Chieko trained at the Royal Academy of Music, gaining her BMus with 1st class honours, a distinction for her MA in Performance and most recently her DipRAM. Chieko has benefited from further instruction through performing in masterclasses with Maxim Vengerov, James Ehnes, and Olivier Charlier with Trio Owon, among many others.

Chieko plays on the Carlo Antonio Testore of 1741 on loan from the Royal Academy.

Eri Yamamoto is one of the most exuberant pianists performing today. After being awarded an MA with the highest honors at the List Academy of Music, as a scholarship receiver, she is now furthering her skills at the Royal Academy of Music, London.

Eri has been awarded numerous prizes and awards throughout Europe and Asia, including being placed first and given a special prize in Barletta. Described as an artist who performs as a solo pianist, a chamber musician as well as accompanist, Eri regularly performs in Europe and Japan, such as with Szolnok Symphonic Orchestra, with Richard Stolzman, clarinet and at the Chopin Birthday Festival.

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