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Americas -Yoko Ono (piano), Clélia Iruzun (piano), Gabriella Di Laccio (soprano)

Thursday May 24, 2018 at 19:30
1901 Arts Club, London
£20, £15 concessions (including a pre-concert drink)
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  1. Grafite, for piano 4 hands - Ricardo Tacuchian
  2. El nuevo tango, for piano 4 hands - Saúl Cosentino and Osvaldo Tarantino
  3. Enciso, for piano 4 hands - Bernardo Cardona
  4. No fundo do meu quintal, for piano - Francisco Mignone
  5. Lundu, for piano 4 hands - Francisco Mignone
  6. Congada - Francisco Mignone
  7. 3 Shakespeare Songs Op 37 - Amy Marcy Beach
  8. Arrunango - Antonio Estévez
  9. Suray Surita, for soprano and piano - Theodoro Valcarcel
  10. 5 canciones populares argentinas Op 10 - Alberto Ginastera
  11. Toada pra você - Lorenzo Fernandez
  12. Essa nêga Fulô, for soprano and piano - Lorenzo Fernandez
  13. Improviso, for soprano and piano - Francisco Mignone
  14. Canção para uma valsa lenta - Francisco Mignone
  15. Cançao do vento e da chuva, from Mais cinco canções - Francisco Mignone
  16. Dona Janaína, for soprano and piano - Francisco Mignone
  17. Três canções brasileiras - Camargo Guarnieri
    • Quando embalada
    • Quebra o côco, menina
    • Vou-me embora
  18. Modinha - Hector Villa-Lobos
  19. Lundú da Marquesa de Santos - Hector Villa-Lobos
  20. Nhapopê - Heitor Villa-Lobos


The concert will take you through an exciting journey of music from the Americas for four hands and voice and piano. It will show the diversity of styles, culture and influences which inspired these composers from Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Cuba and the US.

Presented by Poliphonia, a charity founded in 2017 with the purpose of promoting the music of the Americas.
Poliphonia aims to promote the revision and digitation of scores still in manuscript form and the performance of music of the Americas by established professional as well as young players.

Poliphonia emerged from the success of numerous concerts, festivals, recordings, premieres and score restorations in the UK and aims to expand its success in building a musical legacy of the Americas

Yoko Ono (piano)

Yoko Ono received her early musical training in Japan and in 1981 moved to London to join the Royal Academy of Music, where she worked with Christopher Elton. After leaving the Academy she studied with Maria Curcio and Benjamin Kaplan. During her years at the Royal Academy of Music, Yoko Ono won several awards and prizes including the Leverhulme Postgraduate Studentship.

She has performed in many countries including the UK, China, Cyprus, France, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Switzerland and the USA. Her London debut at the Purcell Room received considerable public and critical acclaim. She has appeared at numerous venues and music festivals, including the Wigmore Hall, the European International Festival in Geneva, Musica Sienna, Arundel Festival, Brighton Festival, Dartington International Festival and Eastbourne Festival. She has made several appearances on radio including a recital for BBC Radio Shropshire. She performed Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 with Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra and given several tours of Japan. The music critic of Ongaku no Tomo (a major Japanese music magazine) chose her Tokyo debut concert as one of the best concerts of the year. As a chamber musician, Yoko and Julia Graham were nominated for the Best Classical Music Act during the Brighton Festival 2007 for their performance of two Brahms Cello Sonatas and she has toured China with her piano duo partner Clelia Iruzun. She was invited to perform and coach at the Apple Hill Centre for Chamber Music, New Hampshire, USA.

Now based in Brighton, Yoko Ono is much in demand as a soloist and chamber musician. She enjoys teaching piano at Roedean School, Sussex and at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music. She is a member of the committee for the Lunchtime Concert at the Chapel Royal which has received the Rotary Community Service Recognition Award for the exceptional service to the community in 2016.

Clélia Iruzun (piano)

With her combination of colourful Brazilian spirit and musicianship, London-based pianist Clélia Iruzun is one of the most exciting musicians to emerge onto the international scene in recent years.

Clélia studied at the School of Music at Rio de Janeiro Federal University and at the Royal Academy of Music graduating with the Recital Diploma and several prizes. She also worked with prestigious pianists such as Nelson Freire, Jaques Klein, Stephen Kovacevich and Fou Ts’Ong and the distinguished Brazilian teacher Mercês de Silva Telles in Paris. Great Brazilian composers such as Francisco Mignone, Arnaldo Rebello and Marlos Nobre have dedicated works to her and more recently Beetholven Cunha and Alexandre Rachid. She won major prizes in her native Brazil and in international competitions such as the Tunbridge Wells, in the UK and the Santander and Zaragoza in Spain.

Clélia Iruzun pursues a busy international career as soloist having performed in Europe, the Americas and Asia, including concerts at the Grand Theatre in Shanghai, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, Konserthusets in Gothenburg and Stockholm, Poznan Philharmonie, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, and Wigmore Hall in London. She tours her native Brazil every year and has appeared in the main halls, festivals and series. She has also appeared several times on radio and television in many countries, including broadcasts for BBC Radio 3.

In addition to her tours Clélia has premiered several works by Brazilian composers such as Francisco Mignone, Villa-Lobos, Henrique Oswald, Marlos Nobre, João Guilherme Ripper, Radamés Gnattali, and others in many countries including the UK, France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Poland, Norway, Sweden, China and the US. She has also premiered English music by Arnold Bax and York Bowen in Brazil

Clélia has made several successful CDs with a variety of repertoire, from Latin American composers to the Mendelssohn concertos and the Maconchy’s concertino with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Other CDs include Marlos Nobre Piano Music on the Lorelt label, Frederic Mompou’s Piano Music, volume I and II on Somm Records and Ernesto Nazareth Portrait of Rio (Lorelt). She has recently released with great acclaim the Piano Concertos by Mignone and Albeniz with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Jac van Steen (Somm).

Gabriella Di Laccio (soprano)

Winner of the 'Air Europa Classical Act of the Year Award 2013', lyric coloratura soprano Gabriella Di Laccio enjoys an international career that spans the genres of opera, oratorio and chamber music. Recognised by Sir Charles Mackerras as “a singer of outstanding talent”, Gabriella has gained notice over the past years due to her expressive tone, impressive coloraturas and powerful stage presence.

Baroque opera productions include Platée by Rameau at the Megaron Opera House/ Athens, Orfeo by Monteverdi and Dido and Aeneas by Purcell with the English Bach Festival in London. Other operatic roles include Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Gilda (Rigoletto), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Despina (Così fan tutte), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Susanna (Le nozze de Figaro), Semele (Handel) and Musetta (La bohème).

Equally at home on the recital stage she performs regularly as a solo recitalist and as a member of various chamber groups covering a wide-ranging repertoire from baroque to contemporary. As a soloist, her work has included Bach’s B minor Mass, St John Passion and St Matthew Passion, Handel’s Messiah and Dixit Dominus, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate and Haydn’s Creation, among many others.

In concert, Gabriella has appeared on many major London platforms including Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room at Southbank Centre and St. John’s Smith Square. As a performer of the baroque repertoire she has sung with the Amaryllis Consort, Il Festino, Concerto Instrumentale, Di Profundis, Baroque Orchestra of Mercosur and Baroque Ensemble Florilegium.

Gabriella Di Laccio has established an important reputation performing Latin American classical repertoire, including works by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Carlos Gomes, Ernani Braga, Alberto Ginastera among others in several solo concerts in the UK and abroad.

Gabriella was born in Brazil and shares both Italian and Brazilian nationalities. She began her singing career in Brazil and graduated with Distinction from the University of Music and Fine Arts of Paraná. Gabriella continued her education at the Royal College of Music in London, where she gained Post Graduate Diplomas (PGDip) in Performance - Opera and as an early music specialist. She is the winner of the Araucaria Foundation Scholarship Award (Brazil), Peter Pears Prize and Richard III Prize for concert singers (UK).

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