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Leeds Lunchtime Chamber Music: Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Wed 30 Mar 2022, 1:05pm

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Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Penserio Ensmble

Karen Wong – flute
Yuriko Matsuda – violin
Matthew Johnstone – viola
Julia Sompolinska – cello
Heather Brooks – harp

Schmitt – Suite en Rocaille Op 84
Jean Cras – Harp Quintet
Jolivet – Chant de Linos for Flute, String Trio and Harp

This concert will last approximately 50 minutes.

The Penserio Ensemble was formed in 2020 and consists of graduates and students from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD). They came together to explore the exciting and varied harp quintet repertoire which consists of a harp, flute and string trio. Most of the music written for this combination was composed at the start of the 20th Century, and has since unfairly slipped away from the core repertoire. Since forming the ensemble has had coaching and masterclasses with musicians such as Matthew Jones and Elinor Bennett. In summer they were selected to play at the 2021 Guildhall Chamber Music Festival.

Heather Brooks started learning the harp aged ten with Professor Daphne Boden. She was awarded a scholarship to attend the Purcell School of Music in 2012 and is a beneficiary of the Robert Bouffler Music Trust. Having gained a distinction in her Grade 8 exam, aged 15, Heather went on to win the Purcell School Student Showcase and she performed her programme at the Wigmore Hall. In her final year, Heather was Head Girl. In July 2015 she was awarded the long-term loan of the Charles Steer Promenaders’ Salvi Aurora Harp’ by the Cherubim Music Trust. Heather was section leader of the National Youth Harp Orchestra who premiered her composition World Harp Symphony’ at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. In 2018 Heather was awarded a scholarship to continue her music studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Imogen Barford.

Japanese violinist Yuriko Matsuda came to the UK at the age of fourteen to study with Arisa Fujita. In 2013 she was awarded a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School, which led to her participation in music festivals such as the Menuhin Festival Gstaad. She currently taking master’s degree, Orchetsral Artistry course in association with London Symphony Orchestra at Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Krzysztof Smietana, receiving a full scholarship as Yfrah Neaman Memorial Scholar and LSO Japan Scholar. Recently she was selected to attend Akoesticum Talent Programme in Holland, where she worked with David Dolan and Jan Talich, besides taking part orchestral projects with members of London Symphony Orchestra. She has led Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, as well as guest leading London Schools Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall. In 2021 she was invited to attend International Orchester Institute Attergau in Austria and worked with the members of Vienna Philharmonic. With her solo activity she has won many prizes, including the third prize at Yokohama International Music Competition in 2016.

Hong Kong-born flautist Ka Wing Karen Wong is a devoted chamber music and orchestral player, currently pursuing Masters in Orchestral Artistry at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is studying flute and piccolo with Philippa Davies, Sarah Newbold, Ian Clarke and Christopher Green. She has worked with several Guildhall Orchestras and toured with the Asian Youth Orchestra. In 2021, Karen won second prize in the British Flute Society Young Artist Competition and was winner of the Flute Flight Online Competition 2020. She has given solo performances in London, New York and Berlin. In recognition of her academic and music achievements, she attained Guildhall School Concert Recital Diploma for exceptional performance and is the awardee of the Help Musicians Postgraduate Award 2021.

Matt Johnstone is a violist who has varied musical life both as a chamber and orchestral musician. He is currently studying on the prestigious LSO Orchestral Artistry Masters at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he received a concert recital diploma for his first year of study. Before Guildhall, Matt travelled as part of an exchange program to China to study at Shanghai Conservatory of Music where he studied with Professor Sheng Li. He has participated in Masterclasses with leading violists including Thomas Reibl and Nobuko Imai and has received chamber coaching from members of the Takacs, Linsey and Skampa Quartets. In 2018, Matt was a member of Southbank Sinfonia playing concerts around the UK and Europe including at the Konzert Haus Berlin and Royal Festival Hall London. Passionate about education as much as performing, he was a founding teacher and fundraiser for the Arco project, a distance learning project linking teachers in the UK to music students in Soweto South Africa through zoom.

Julia Sompolinska is a London-based cellist from Poland. She graduated with distinction from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in the cello class of Rebecca Gilliver. As a part of the Orchestral Artistry Programme, she performed with LSO under Simon Rattle and had the opportunity to play at Wigmore Hall. She is a laureate of many competitions as a part of a chamber group and solo, for example, she received 1st Prize with the Belleza Quartet in the II International Chamber Music Competition Zell an der Pram, first prize with the Belleza Quartet in the Juliusz Zarębski International Music Competition in Poland. She is a scholar of Foundation Pro Cello, 1st degree Rector’s scholarship for the best students at the Academy in Wroclaw, The Minister of Culture and National Heritage Scholarship, and a recipient of the Mayor of Poznań Award.

 

 

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