Hideko Udagawa (violin), Friday, 22 January 2010 at 7.30pm

We are extremely lucky to have Hideko Udagawa (violin) coming to St Nicholas’s Church, Great Munden. She had heard from Jamie Walton about the special acoustic and very appreciative audience at St Nicholas and volunteered to give a concert for us at a special rate before a major concert that she is playing at Cadogan Hall.

Hideko Udagawa has performed extensively throughout the world and captivates international audiences with her artistry and enthusiasm. Critics have acclaimed her performances, commending her passionate commitment, dazzling agility and refinement of taste. As a protégée of Nathan Milstein, she has inherited the great Russian romantic tradition of violin playing. Her performances have spanned thirty countries across Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific, and more than one hundred cities and towns in the United Kingdom alone.

Ms Udagawa made her orchestral debut in London with the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Charles Mackerras, playing Bruch’s G minor concerto at the Barbican Hall. Highlights from her other engagements include performances with the Philharmonia under Leonard Slatkin, Royal Philharmonic under Paavo Jarvi, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under Marek Janowski, City of Birmingham Symphony under Okko Kamu, London Mozart Players under Matthias Bamert, Russian National under Paavo Berglund, Moscow Philharmonic under Fedor Glushchenko, as well as English Chamber, National Symphony and Bavarian Radio orchestras.

In addition, she has made a twelve-city tour in North America with the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg and tours in Japan with Warsaw Philharmonic under Kazimierz Kord and with Japan Philharmonic. She has also toured as a guest soloist with many visiting orchestras to the United Kingdom, including Berlin Symphony, Polish Chamber and Bucharest Philharmonic. Invitations to many international festivals have included the George Enescu, City of London, Norfolk & Norwich, Perth, Brno, Ankara and Assisi festivals.

In addition to live performances, Ms Udagawa has made a number of recordings which draw on her wide-ranging repertoire of over forty concerti. She is particularly enthusiastic about discovering great unrecorded works. Her latest CD, of works by Aram Khachaturian with the pianist Boris Berezovsky, for Koch International, includes seven world premiere recordings.

Other recordings include the Bruch and Brahms Violin Concerti with London Symphony under Sir Charles Mackerras for Chandos and Glazunov’s Violin Concerto, together with other works by Tchaikovsky, Chausson, Sarasate and Saint-Säens, with London Philharmonic on Carlton Classics. She has also made recordings of Heifetz transcriptions with Pavel Gililov for ASV and violin virtuoso pieces for Toshiba-EMI.

As the great-granddaughter of one of Japan’s historically most influential prime ministers, she enjoys the international performer’s role as a cultural ambassador. Among several performances for the United Nations, she played at its 50th anniversary concerts in Vienna’s Konzerthaus and the Victoria Hall in Geneva. She has also presented a recital in Tokyo in the presence of their Imperial Highnesses, the Crown Prince and Princess of Japan.

Hideko Udagawa studied with Nathan Milstein, who was her only teacher in the West, in London and at the Juilliard School in New York. After living in Tokyo and New York, she is now making her home in London.

The programme will be:

Schumann Sonata in A minor Op. 105.

  • Richard Strauss Sonata in E flat major Op.18
  • Bach Chaconne for solo violin
  • Beethoven Sonata in C minor Op.30 No. 2
  • Tchaikovsky Valse Sentimentale Glazounov Meditation

Hideko will be joined by Michael Dussek (piano) who was recently described by BBC Music Magazine as “an outstanding artist” Michael Dussek leads a varied career as soloist, chamber musician and singer’s accompanist. He has partnered leading international instrumentalists and singers in many of the world’s major concert halls and has performed at most of the major British festivals.

He has made numerous commercial recordings for labels such as ASV, BMG,Chandos, Deutsche Grammophon, Dutton Epoch, EMI, Hyperion and Meridian. His recording of the solo piano music of Britten was described by Fanfare Magazine as “one of the most magical discs of Britten yet made” and two of his discs of Rubbra’s complete chamber music have been nominated for Gramophone Awards. A recent recording of songs by Arnold Bax, with singers Ian Partridge and Jean Rigby has been widely praised.

He is a member of the Dussek Piano Trio, with whom he has recorded works by Arensky, Brahms, Bridge and Haydn; Endymion Ensemble and Primavera. He has also performed with the Gaudier Ensemble, the Schubert Ensemble and with the soloists of the City of London Sinfonia and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He is a Professor and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.

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Tickets will be £20 each. Howard and Sheila look forward to sharing a little refreshment with you during the interval.

Early booking is highly recommended. Please contact the Hertford Tourist Office on 01992 584322 to book tickets or send an SAE to 10 Market Place, Hertford, SG14 1DF. Please make cheques payable to
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