CLASSICAL PIANO RECITAL: Linenhall Theatre - Monday 6th March 2006 @ 8.00pm:
Cassie Yukawa and Rosey Chan are two dazzling young piano virtuosi with an eye for the theatrical. Former rivals on the junior competition circuit, the pair first began collaborating in November 2003, shortly after leaving the Royal College of Music where they had both studied with Yonty Solomon. Since then they have burst onto the UK classical music scene with performances at such prestigious venues as London’s South Bank Centre, Wigmore and Steinway Halls. Their repertoire extends from Mozart and Rachmaninov through to John Cage and collaborations with contemporary composers such as Kenneth Hesketh. For this Music Network tour they perform a programme of music by Mozart, Debussy and de Falla. Prepare to be dazzled.
"…an engaging, polished team..." - The Guardian
"…impressively and glitteringly performed." - The Times
"Wonderfully in tune with each other as performers… astonishing power, bags of flair." - The Daily Telegraph
Cassie Yukawa and Rosey Chan first began collaborating in November 2003, shortly after leaving the Royal College of Music where they had both studied with Yonty Solomon. Initial duo performances have included a concert at Steinway Hall, at the EFG Private Bank in Mayfair and at the Cartier Polo event in Windsor. Cassie and Rosey made their South Bank Centre debut at the Purcell Room in January 2005 as part of the Park Lane Group Young Artists Series to critical acclaim. In March 2005 they featured alongside several major classical artists at the Royal Albert Hall, London for Classic Response - a one-off benefit concert in aid of Tsunami relief.
The Yukawa-Chan Piano Duo made their Wigmore Hall debut in July 2005 featuring the UK premiere of Louis Andriessen's Hague Hacking. They played the Mozart Concerto No. 10 for Two Pianos in Eb K365 at the launch of Camerata Wales under Owain Arwel Hughes at Cadogan Hall, London and at their Welsh debut at Saint David's Hall, Cardiff. Future projects with other artists include a multi-media collaboration with the film-maker, composer & director Arlen Figgis which will feature on Classic FM TV. Future engagements include recitals at the Istanbul Chamber Festival, a Gala performance in Malaysia, a tour of Ireland and appearances at both the Barbados and Henley Music Festivals in 2006.
Cassie Yukawa was born in London in 1981 of mixed English and Japanese parentage. She began her musical tuition in Tokyo aged four, subsequently joining the Purcell School of Music with a scholarship in 1995 making her concerto debut playing Saint-Saens‚ Piano Concerto No. 2 aged 14. Cassie graduated from the Royal College of Music BMus Degree in June 2003. The following October Cassie exhibited her film projects in Sapporo, Japan in conjunction with the art collective Tomato. Cassie has studied under the tutelage of Yonty Solomon, John Blakely, Graeme Humphrey and most recently Kevin Kenner. Recent projects include performances at the Almeida theatre with The Continuum Ensemble in the U.K. premiere of Little Red Riding Hood by George Aperghis - a theatrical production of musical storytelling under the direction of Complicite founder Annabel Arden with plans to tour Europe during 2006.
Rosey Chan began her musical studies at the age of six. In 1992 Rosey received a scholarship to study piano and violin at the Junior Royal Academy of Music in London winning several prizes, including the Iris Dyer Piano competition for three consecutive years. Rosey continued her education studying piano with Yonty Solomon at the Royal College of Music graduating from the BMus Degree in 2002. Further awards include the Philips Petroleum Young Musician of the Year and the Robert Bouffler Trust Award. Rosey has performed in many of the UK's leading venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Rosey has composed for Lifeforms publishing in Seattle, a division of AEI music.