Tempting concert for music lovers in Colyton

PUBLISHED: 11:54 07 October 2010

Naoko Miyamoto.

Naoko Miyamoto.


Young performers Naoko Miyamoto and Simon Lane will be performing in Colyton towards the end of the month, as part of the Concerts in Colyton series.

Simon Lane.

The programme, for violin and piano, includes Beethoven’s Spring Sonata and sonatas by Brahms and Mendelssohn. It will be played by two young performers who are taking the music world by storm.

‘Serenely beautiful tone and technical wizardry’ - words chosen to describe the playing of violinist Naoko Miyamoto.

Naoko made her first appearance as soloist with an orchestra at the age of eight, playing Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins with the Sydney Youth Orchestra.

Since then, she has won a string of awards and has performed in prestigious venues around the world including Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Sydney Opera House and Bridgewater Hall. She has appeared with some of the world’s leading orchestras including the Philharmonia, New Zealand Symphony and Queensland Symphony and has worked as soloist and concertmaster with such conductors as Sir Colin Davis, Stephen Hough and Mark Elder.

Naoko’s partner for this concert, Simon Lane, leads a diverse musical life, performing with a host of instrumentalists and singers at major venues and festivals across the UK and abroad.

He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, in London, with Michael Dussek and Julius Drake.

He won the Accompanists’ Prize in the 2009 Royal Overseas League Music Competition, among an impressive number of other awards. As soloist he has, in recent seasons, performed concerti by Schumann, Beethoven and Grieg as well as Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. Recent venues include the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall and his current concert diary looks alarmingly full!

A press notice in the Daily Telegraph of one of his recital partnerships reads: “Stillman and Lane combined tenderness, wistful nostalgia and red-blooded passion in an interpretation of terrific distinction and compelling emotional force.”

Small wonder that Margaret Clark, the perceptive organiser of these concerts, snapped up the opportunity of a recital from these two artists.

The concert will be in St Andrew’s Church, Colyton, on Saturday, October 23, at 7.30pm. Tickets (£9, school pupils £4.50) from Brainwave, Market Place, Colyton or phone (01297) 553238

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