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The Mifune Tsuji Trio

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Renowned violinist Mifune Tsuji, pianist Paul Jackson and saxophonist Jin Theriault perform as a unique trio, playing solo and trio pieces from around the world. The three musicians have been performing together since 2012.

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1. Five pieces by Dmitri Shostakovich

2 Non ho dormito in questa notte mai by Simone Spagnolo

3 Hot sonata for saxophone and piano by Erwin Schulhoff

4 The soldier’s Tale by Igor Stravinsky


The Mifune Trio

Mifune Tsuji (violin) was prize winner of the 1st Reina Sofia International competition in Madrid. She has performed as a soloist, and chamber music player throughout Europe, Asia, America, and Canada. She is a graduate of Tokyo University of the Arts, after which she was invited by Alberto Lysy to come to Europe to join the International Menuhin Academy in Switzerland. She became a member of the Camerata Lysy, and performed as a soloist with them on many occasions.

Mifune has performed many world-premieres for solo violin and as a soloist with various orchestras, she now specializes in contemporary music.

Mifune Tsuji has developed her style and technique under some of the world’s leading violinists and teachers: Toyoko Hattori, Yoshio Unno, Alberto Lysy, Yehudi Menuhin, and Rustislav Dubinsky. She has always strived to extend her art to its limits by close collaboration with the most outstanding and consequential modern composers - Iannis Xenakis, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Michael Nyman, Luca Francesconi, James Dashow, and Vinko Globkar. In describing the collaboration and artistry Mifune brought to his pieces, Xenakis wrote “She is a wonderful violinist allying technical mastery with an exceptional musicianship.”

Mifune Tsuji is concertmaster of Xenakis Ensemble and frequently gives solo concerts throughout Europe. She lives in England, where she teaches at Anglia Ruskin University.

Paul Jackson (piano) is Director of Music and Performance at Anglia Ruskin University. He studied music at the University of East Anglia, specialising in piano performance under John York, and conducting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and City University with Alan Hazeldine. He has been active as an exponent of contemporary music for many years, both as pianist and conductor, and has commissioned and performed a variety of works by leading contemporary composers. For the university he conducts the Anglia Ruskin Orchestra, Anglia Ruskin Chorus, the contemporary music group Anglia Sinfonia and also Anglia Opera, which mounts bi-annual opera productions at Cambridge's Mumford Theatre. He is also Musical Director for Haslingfield Choir. When not playing, he spends much time research the music of the Australian pianist-composer, Percy Grainger!

Jin Theriault (saxophone) is a freelance saxophonist based in London. In 2011 he achieved a masters with distinction at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in classical saxophone studying with Gerard McCrystal and Melanie Henry. He has performed in many prestigious venues across the UK such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Canterbury Cathedral and York Minster, whilst also performing regularly at festivals, clubs and weddings.

Jin plays soprano saxophone with the avant-garde progressive brass band Perhaps Contraption, which has been performing at many music festivals across the UK as well as the HONK festival in USA. He has toured with musician Amanda Palmer in Europe and won the 2014 and 2015 Haizetara Street Band Competition in North Spain.

He currently teaches classical saxophone at Anglia Ruskin University and the Graveney School in Tooting.

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