Michiko Kobayashi

Date: 24 Sep 2008 - 13:00
End Date: 24 Sep 2008 - 14:00
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Event details: Michiko began playing the violin at the age of five. Her first violin teacher in Japan was Prof. Takahiro Muroya, with whom she learned for eleven years.

She entered Toho Gakuen School of Music in 1993 where she studied the violin with Prof. Tsugio Tokunaga, as well as the piano and conducting. She moved on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Prof. David Takeno. She also took part in the student exchange programme between GSMD and Robert Schumann Hochschule für Musik, Düsseldorf, where she studied with Prof. Ida Bieler. 

Awards include the third prize at the JILA Music Competition, Croydon Symphony Orchestra Soloist Award, and she became one of five finalists in the prestigious Japan Music Competition in 2000. She also won all the available violin prizes at GSMD, gaining, as well as BMus (Hon.) First Class and MMus in Performance, the Concert Recital Diploma (Equivalent to European Premier Prix) in 2003. She was also the recipient of a special award for her "strong artistic temperament" at Lipizer International Violin Competition in Italy. 

She has participated in international masterclasses by Toru Yasunaga (leader of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra), Ruggiero Ricci, György Pauk, Igor Ozim, Gerhard Schulz, Eduard Schmieder, and Hermann Krebbers. 

She performed Saint-Saëns' third violin concerto with Epsom Symphony Orchestra, Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy with Croydon Symphony Orchestra at Fairfield Hall, and her performance of Bartök's second violin concerto with Guildhall Symphony Orchestra at Barbican Hall was awarded Musicians' Company Silver Medal from GSMD. 

She made a successful recital debut at Hama-Rikyu Asahi Hall in Tokyo, with the composer-pianist Ichiro Nodaira in 2004. She has performed in London's major venues such as Wigmore Hall, St. John's Smith Square with her duo partner Olivia Canolle. Most recently, she performed again at Hama-Rikyu Asahi Hall with a British pianist Gordon Back, and was received with a greatest acclaim. 

As a recitalist and a chamber musician, she enjoys a wide range of repertoire from Baroque to contemporary, giving concerts extensively both in London and Japan.
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