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Wednesday 26 February - Edward Pogossian (Cello) and Kumi Matsuo (Piano)
Edvard Pogossian (cello) is a first year Master’s student at the Royal College of Music with Richard Lester. He is studying at the RCM as an Amaryllis Fleming Foundation Scholar. He is also in his second year studying as Artist in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel with Gary Hoffman. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School where he studied with Natasha Brofsky. As the recent winner of the Juilliard Concerto Competition, Edvard performed the Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations at David Geffen Hall in New York and at the Harris Theater in Chicago with the Juilliard Orchestra under the direction of Itzhak Perlman.
The Chicago Tribune praised Edvard’s performance for his “astonishing musical and technical maturity,” as well as his “winning lightness of touch to everything he played, combined with a velvety tone.” In the summer of 2016 he performed the Rococo Variations with the Boston Pops in Symphony Hall on the annual “Armenian Night at the Pops” concert. He was also the winner of the inaugural Los Angeles Philharmonic Young Artists Competition, giving him the honour to play the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in Walt Disney Hall. Edvard’s other notable performances include appearances at Carnegie Hall, Zipper Hall, and on NPR’s From the Top radio show. He has also performed as a soloist with the New Mexico Philharmonic for their Protégé Series. Edvard is a long time participant of the Apple Hill Chamber Music Festival in New Hampshire, and has also attended Yellow Barn, Perlman Music Program’s Chamber Music Workshop, Kneisel Hall, and will be attending the Marlboro Festival in 2019.
He has studied in Los Angeles with Paul Cohen and Rick Mooney, and later spent two years studying with Ronald Leonard at the Colburn Young Artists Academy. Dedicated to chamber music, Edvard is a founding member of the Zelda Piano Quartet, a group formerly a part of the Juilliard Honors Chamber Music Program. He represented the Juilliard School at various high profile occasions, including a performance for the First Lady of China, and was also invited to a residency in São Paulo, performing and coaching children enrolled in the Guri music programme. He also served as solo-principal cello on the joint Juilliard/Sibelius Academy tour in 2017, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. Edvard was a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship through his four years at the Juilliard School.
Kumi Matsuo is establishing an international career as a versatile solo pianist, chamber musician and accompanist. She studied at the Toho Gakuen College of Music, Tokyo, and then at the Royal College of Music, London studying with John Blakely and Ashley Wass. She completed her studies there with the award of the prestigious Artist Diploma with Distinction. In 2012 she won First Prize in the 6th Isador Bajic Memorial Piano Competition in Serbia, and in 2013 won First Prize in the 5th Louisiana International Piano Competition, USA. She is now on the staff at RCM, working as Duo Coach to the String Faculty, as well as accompanying other instruments.
Kumi’s concerto experience is already considerable. She made her London debut in 2008 playing Ravel's Piano Concerto for Left Hand in Cadogan Hall with the RCM Sinfonietta, conducted by Peter Stark. The following year she played Schnittke's Concerto Grosso No.1 with the RCM Chamber Orchestra in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, under Vladimir Jurowski, and in 2012 she played Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto under Martin André at the Royal College of Music. She has also performed with the Symphony Orchestras of Tokyo, Galicia, Banatul in Romania, Rapides in Louisiana, USA, Constanza in Romania and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
As soloist and chamber musician Kumi has played extensively in the UK, and in the USA, France, Holland, Poland, Romania, India and Japan. She made her New York debut at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall in 2014 and gave an extended recital tour in Louisiana in 2015.
Wednesday 25 March - Zachary Spontak (Violin) and Kumi Matsuo (Piano)
Zachary Spontak, named Young Alaskan Artist in 2015, is a composer and violinist. Called a "natural leader”, Zachary has collaborated in performances with Itzhak Perlman, Sir Simon Rattle, Roger Tapping, Peter Eötvös, and Desmond Hoebig, among many others. In the 2018 season, he performed in concerts that ranged across three continents, including Buenos Aires, Seattle, London, Alaska, Switzerland, Germany, New York, and Paris. A review of a concert in Dresden, Germany said he plays with “a supple tone and lively communication” (Dresdener Neueste Nachrichten). Radio and television appearances include KUAC’s “Alaska Live” and NPR’s “From the Top”, and national television in Germany, Switzerland, and Argentina.
Zachary has a passion for music composition. He studied composition with Dr Bill Post and Mischa Zupko in his teens, and has collaborated with renowned composers such as Wolfgang Rihm, John Corigliano, Augusta Reade Thomas, and Matthias Pintscher. In Autumn 2018, he was a member of the Lucerne Festival Academy, which premiered “Reading Malevich” by Peter Eötvös and culminated in European performances of “Gruppen” and “Inori” by Karlheinz Stockhausen.
Zachary has performed in several great orchestras, including a stint in the Houston Symphony. Currently, he performs with the London Symphony Orchestra as a substitute violinist. He was concertmaster of the Lucerne Festival Academy, the Shepherd Chamber Orchestra, Cantata Buenos Aires, and a founding member of the conductor-less orchestra Kinetic in Houston, Texas. He will also be taking the leader position of one of Portugal’s top orchestras, Portugal’s top orchestras, Orquestra Classica do Sul.
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