Concert Season 56

29th October 2022 at 7:30pm

Indira Grier – cello, Kumo Matsuo - piano

Indira Grier and Kumo Matsuo join is for our second concert of the season with a cello and piano recital. 

Pohadka JW 7/5 Janacek
Sonata No.1 in D minor Op. 109 Faure
Romances Op. 22 Clara Schumann
Sonata No.1 in E minor Op. 38 Brahms

This recital is composed of European masterworks from across the 19th and 20th centuries. A lyrical and soaring quality that combines flights of imagination with deep introspection is present in all these carefully selected pieces. We begin with Janacek’s unique sound-world in ‘Pohadka’ (Fairytale) that conjures up a vision of the Czech landscape, before moving on to Faure’s D minor Sonata which explores the turbulence and tragedy of WW1. In the second half we will move back in time to Clara Schumann’s dreamlike Romances, finishing finally with a monument of the cello and piano repertoire, Brahms’ E minor Sonata.

Indira Grier has a busy year of concerts and recitals through 2022,  including performances in Lausanne, Zurich and Verbier as part of the Verbier Festival Soloist Academy Alumni Tour: 'Pastoral 21'.  Kumi Matsuo is establishing an international career as a versatile solo pianist, chamber musician and accompanist.

Indira is already the recipient of several international prizes and has been invited to the Verbier Festival Soloist Academy in 2021 and 2022. She won Making Music’s 2019 ‘Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist Award’, the 2019 RCM Unaccompanied Bach Prize, the 2018 RCM Concerto Competition performing the Elgar Cello Concerto, and a Gold Medal in the 2019 Vienna International Music Competition. In recent years she has also won awards from the Hattori Foundation and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and she is very grateful to be supported by Help Musicians UK.

Indira has performed across the UK and Europe in venues including Wigmore Hall, St. John's Smith Square, St. James' Piccadilly, Blackheath Halls, Sheldonian Theatre Oxford, Èglise de Verbier and Palazzo Chigi-Saracini Siena. ​She has worked with conductors such as Stephen Cleobury, Jonathan Willcocks, Martin Andre and Robert Max, and also frequently performs across the UK as part of the Grier Trio. A keen chamber musician, Indira is currently collaborating with pianists Daniel Lebhardt and Ariel Lanyi, and has enjoyed working with artists including Simon Crawford-Phillips, Andrew Marriner, Clio Gould, Matthew Truscott, Rebecca Gilliver and the Castalian Quartet in festivals such as Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music and Wye Valley Chamber Music. In the coming season Indira looks forward to performances of Schumann, Elgar and Finzi concertos. Of mixed Indian and British heritage, Indira believes strongly in promoting diversity in classical music and has worked with Chineke. She is also passionate about fighting climate change and was invited by the Verbier Festival to perform in Glasgow during the 2021 COP26 Summit alongside other alumni from the Soloist Academy.

Kumi Matsuo is a versatile solo pianist, chamber musician and accompanist. She has won numerous competitions including First Prize in the 6th Isidor Bajic Memorial Piano Competition in Serbia and First Prize in the 5th Louisiana International Piano Competition, USA. She is now on the staff at the Royal College of Music (RCM), working as Duo Coach to the String Faculty, as well as accompanying other instruments. Kumi studied at the Toho Gakuen College of Music, Tokyo, and then at the RCM. During her study at RCM, Kumi won the RCM concerto competition twice and performed Ravel's Piano Concerto for Left Hand in Cadogan Hall with the RCM Sinfonietta conducted by Peter Stark and Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto with the RCM Symphony Orchestra under Martin André in the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, RCM.

As soloist and chamber musician Kumi has played extensively in the UK, and in the USA, France, Italy, Holland, Poland, Romania, UAE, India, Korea and Japan. She made her New York debut at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall and gave an extended concerto and recital tour in Louisiana.

This concert is supported by the Philip and Dorothy Green Young Concert Artists Award Scheme