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Ryan Williams and Yuko Sano — From Dawn to Dusk

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Friday 28th July 2017, 7.00pm
Ryan Williams and Yuko Sano — From Dawn to Dusk
Music for Tenor and Piano

A recital by Ryan Williams (tenor) and Young Steinway Artist, Yuko Sano (piano) featuring songs and solo piano works by Debussy, Ravel, Tosti and Tippett which all reflect Dall'Alba al Tramonto, a song cycle by British composer Michael Stimpson which forms the central point to the evening’s programme. Based on a set of poems by Giovanni Pascoli, and extensively toured in Italy and the UK, Dall’Alba al Tramonto (From Dawn to Dusk) encapsulates much of Pascoli’s rich life which was marked by the tragedies within his family. In contrast to these shocking events is Pascoli's patriotism, love of the countryside, and his main source of comfort, the bells of the distant duomo of Barga, Tuscany, where he spent much of his artistic life.

Tickets: £10 (+ booking fee) , £15 on the door. Doors open 6.45pm



RYAN WILLIAMS (tenor)

Ryan Williams is classical tenor currently studying a Master’s degree in Music Performance at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Ryland Davies and Iain Ledingham.

In October 2014, he graduated from the University of Chichester with a first class honours degree in music performance. After University Ryan spent 2 years on the choral scholarship scheme at Portsmouth Cathedral under Dr David Price. During this time, the choir sang on BBC Radio 3, on Belgium national television for the centenary of WW1. While in Portsmouth Ryan performed in the premiere performance and recording of Jonathan Dove’s Cantata for Remembrance, For an Unknown Soldier.

In 2015, Ryan was a member of the Voces8 Scholarship scheme and performed with them as well as Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort. In the same year, he successfully auditioned to take part in Glyndebourne’s Opera Academy under Mary King. Over the last two years, Ryan has sung with Voces8 in various concerts and sang in tracks on their latest Decca album release, Winter.

Ryan has participated in masterclasses with Dennis O’Neill, Jonathan Viera, Paul Phoenix and Mary King.

Ryan’s opera roles include Acis (Handel) and Tamino (Mozart), as well as selections of Gounod’s Faust for the Royal Academy of Music’s opera scenes. His Chorus roles include Venus & Adonis, Dido & Aeneas, The Gondoliers, and Orphée aux Enfers at the Hackney Empire Theatre with Royal Academy Opera.

This year Ryan has performed with Voces8 at Kings Place with cellist Kian Soltani and Violinist Hugo Ticciati, with the Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Music Foundation’s Bach Cantata Series, and this summer Ryan will be performing in the chorus at Longborough Opera festival in their productions of Tristan und Isolde (Wagner) and Fidelio (Beethoven).


Yuko Sano (piano)

Japanese pianist Yuko Sano had her recital debut in Tokyo at the age of 15 to an audience of 1200. She has performed across Europe and the UK, as well as in Japan, including solo appearances with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. In October 2013, she made her London debut at the Southbank Centre for the festival ‘The Rest is Noise’. Recent performances include recitals at St. Martin in the Fields, Southwark Cathedral, Steinway Hall, Senate House, and Draper’s Hall. She has also toured Spain giving concerts and masterclasses, and has been invited to perform at La Folle Journée au Japon Festival for the last three years.

Yuko graduated from Tokyo University of the Art (Geidai) after studying at the Liszt Music Academy in Budapest for one year. In 2013, she was awarded a full scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music, where she completed her MA with a Dip RAM distinction and graduated with the Walter MacFarren Prize, the Nancy Dickinson Award, and the Maud Hornsby Award. In 2016, she completed her Advanced Diploma at the Academy under the tutelage of Christopher Elton. She also studied chamber music with Michael Dussek, and music research with Roderick Chadwick.

She has won both the 1st prize and Grand Prix at the PIARA Piano Competition, the highest prize at the Burckhardt International Piano Competition, and 1st prize at the Composition Competition in Tokyo, amongst others. In 2014, Yuko became the first Japanese pianist to become a Young Steinway Artist.



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