A piano and flute concert of rhapsodies, nocturnes and fantasies for a Summer evening performed by local talents Matthew Sayles (piano) and Julie Groves (flute) with accompaniment from Yuki Negishi.
Free admission and refreshments
(retiring collection on behalf of COAT and the Caterham Churches Together Christmas Day Lunch)
Julie Groves – flute
Julie Groves performs as a soloist, freelance orchestral musician and as part of the accomplished London Myriad Ensemble who are international competition first-prize winners. Her passion for chamber music manifests itself in duos with pianists Yuki Negishi and David Laughton, guitarist Ahmed Dickinson and her flute and guitar duos, the Ashgrove Duo (with Ashley Hards) and Woodlark (with Laura Snowden). Venues such as the Purcell Room – Southbank Centre; St Martin’s in the Fields; Blackheath Halls; the Barbican; St James’s, Piccadilly; Wiltons Theatre and Cromer Pier and Latitude Festival and the Chocolate Factory, London have been hosts to Julie’s performances. She was notably the Great Britain and Ireland Winner of the LIONS International Music Competition, representing the UK and Ireland in the Europe Finals. Julie Has performed a number of concertos including Frank Martin’s Ballade, Khatchaturian Concerto and Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto.
Julie has ongoing creative projects with Between Soundings (flute/poet), composers, actors and dancers in creating new works and experimenting with improvisational material. As both a performer and composer, Julie is developing an array of different ventures that include both her own work and her collaborations with other artists. She is currently taking her Masters in Sound Art under Salomé Voegelin at LCC and plans to fuse her interests in art, the spoken word and music by following this with a MPhil/PhD in interdisciplinary, collaborative practice.
Julie is Composers Editor for the British Flute Society online and also writes reviews for Flute – the Journal of the BFS. She also regularly coaches chamber music and advanced woodwind across the country and at Benslow Music Trust. Julie also performs on the cruise-circuit as a classical soloist, in the same vein as her Summer season with the popular Seaside Special as their Classical Artist in 2007. Alongside frequent charity fundraising concerts, Julie has also been Music Director for large outdoor charity classical events such as A Classic Summer Evening in Surrey and also works alongside Julian Broughton in creating the new Kidbrooke Coffee Concerts Series in Forest Row, East Sussex. Please visit her website to find out about purchasing recordings.
Yuki Negishi Biography
Yuki Negishi is increasingly in demand as an artist of rare poetry, intensity and virtuosity with a vast repertoire and a magnetic personality. Recent international engagements include recitals in Tokyo, Hanover, New York, at the Festival di Londra, International Holland Music Sessions, and at the Leeds International Concert Series. Recent performances in the UK include recitals at numerous venues throughout the country, where Yuki performs about 30 concerts a year.
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. After completing her studies at the Toho Gakuen School of Music with honours and at the Amsterdam Conservatory, she completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Performance and Masters in Music Degree, both with distinction, and most recently the Artist Diploma at the Royal College of Music, London. Yuki has also 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 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 numerous prizes at the RCM and elsewhere.
In previous seasons, Yuki Negishi has been invited to perform in recitals and festivals, and has made appearances with orchestras worldwide. She also performed the complete Preludes of Chopin in the event Seeking Chopin for the inauguration of the publication of the critical Peters Edition, London with the renowned musicologist Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger in 2004. Her performances have been broadcast on both television and radio. Also a keen chamber musician, she has collaborated with members of the Japan Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Recently, she was one of the official pianists for the International Benjamin Britten Violin Competition held in London.
Yuki’s new CD has just been released, and also aDVD in conversation withBBC presenter Andrew Green from Sound Techniques. Yuki is generously supported by the London Blüthner Piano Centre.
For more information, please visit: http://yukinegishi.hp.infoseek.co.jp/by