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Ionel Manciu (violin) and Kaoru Wada (piano) play Poulenc and Enescu

Wednesday November 1, 2017 at 13:10
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Sonata for Violin and Piano Op 12 - Francis Poulenc
  2. Impressions d'enfance Op 28 - George Enescu

Moldovan musician Ionel Manciu took his first violin lessons from Tamara Caftanat and later Galina Buinovschi in Chisinau. He made his official debut at the age of ten with the Chisinau Chamber Orchestra.

Ionel Manciu has won numerous prizes at international competitions, such as: 'Eugen Coca' in Moldova, 'Remember Enescu', 'Paul Constantinescu' and 'Ion Voicu' in Romania, 'Mihail Strikharj' in Ukraine, 'Nedyalka Simeonova' in Bulgaria, 'Delphic Games' in both Moldova and Belarus, 'M.A.G.I.C' and 'Vasco Abadjiev' in Bulgaria.

He has performed as a soloist with the National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and National Chamber Orchestra in Chisinau, the Philharmonic Orchestras in Bucharest and Iasi (Romania). He has also performed with the Lvov Chamber Orchestra and the Pori Chamber Orchestra in Finland amongst many others.

Ionel Manciu has performed in many prestigious venues across Europe such as Casa de Musica in Porto, the Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall and Milton Court in London, the Mozarteum Concert Hall in Salzburg and the Romanian Atheneum in Bucharest.

He is currently studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the guidance of professor David Takeno and it’s generously supported by the Guildhall School Trust, The Countess of Munster Musical Trust and Help Musician UK.

He plays on a Giovanni Pistucci violin generously loaned by the Harrison Frank Foundation.

Born in Japan, Kaoru Wada is a London based pianist with a diverse career in performing and teaching. Kaoru has given solo and chamber recitals throughout Europe and all over the UK.

She trained as a solo pianist at the Royal Northern College with Mark Ray, Dina Parakhina and Alexander Melnikov, followed by studies at the Musik Hochschule in Munich, Germany as a prestigious DAAD scholar with the late Prof. Franz Massinger.

She currently holds a Fellowship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she was awarded the Accompanist Prize in 2014 and the Paul Hamburger Prize in 2015. Kaoru also teaches second study piano at the Guildhall.

Recent performances include a BBC 3 broadcast for RPS as well as a Proms Extra concert. She has performed at the Wigmore Hall, the Gewandhaus, Barbican Hall and St Martins-in-the-Fields.

Kaoru is a piano tutor at Eton College in Windsor and City University.

Free recital (retiring collection)

St James's Church, Piccadilly
197 Piccadilly
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