Mana Oguchi - piano
At the age of 15, cellist Laura van der Heijden was awarded the title of BBC Young Musician 2012, performing Walton’s Cello Concerto with Kirill Karabits and the Northern Sinfonia at The Sage, Gateshead.
Born in England as the youngest daughter of a Dutch father and a Swiss mother, Laura’s musical studies started on recorder at the age of four. After learning with Marina Logie on cello, Laura had grade 8 distinctions on both cello and piano by the age of ten. In 2005 Laura joined the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music, where she learns piano with Emily Jeffrey and participates in many ensembles.
Since 2008 Laura has been a student of the renowned British-Russian cellist Leonid Gorokhov. In 2011 they performed together at the Brighton Festival and in Germany and in 2012 they gave a concert in London. In 2010 she won “Erster Preis mit Auszeichnung” (full marks) and a special prize in the final of the Swiss National Youth Music Competition, which led to her performing the Boccherini Cello Concerto in G with the Zurich Kammer Orchestra at the Zurich Tonhalle in January 2011. She was also the 2011 winner of the Marjorie Humby competition at the Royal College of Music, 2011 Beckenham Musician of the Year and 2012 Woking Young Musician of the Year.
Laura's first public performance as a cellist was at the age of 9 with the Jupiter Chamber Orchestra. Since then, she has given many recitals and played with various orchestras. Recent performances include performances of Walton’s Cello Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Cadogan Hall) and Guernsey Symphony Orchestra. Future engagements include Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Arnhem Philharmonic, Colchester, Imperial College, Wimbledon, Worthing and Woking Symphony Orchestras; Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Royal Festival Hall) and the London Mozart Players, Haydn Cello Concerto in C at Brighton Festival, alongside recitals with Huw Watkins, Alison Rhind and Martin Bartlett as well as chamber music.
Laura lives in Sussex where she visits her local secondary school (Sackville in East Grinstead) and enjoys as much of a teenage social life as her commitment to music allows for. She plays a 1911 Celeste Farotti cello, on loan from her teacher Leonid Gorokhov.
Mana Oguchi was born in Sapporo, Japan, 1984 and has been studying the piano since the age of 3. In 2007 she graduated top of her year from the State Academy of Fine Arts and Music Tokyo. She went on to study piano at the Conservatory of Music, Drama and Media in Hanover (HMTMH). She completed the 'Artistic Education' course in 2009 and between 2009 and 2013 she studied for her master’s degree, including Chamber Music, with Professor Markus Becker. In 2007 She received a scholarship from the YAMAHA foundation, and from 2009-2011 from the DAAD foundation. She has recently become the accompanist of the class of Professor Leonid Gorokhov at HMTMH.
Mana is highly valued as both a soloist and chamber musician and has performed in Japan and throughout Europe. As a soloist she has played with the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of Wernigerode and the Festival Orchestra concert of the International Concert Society Bodensee. Mana has appeared in the Budapest Fruhlings Festival in Hungary and for the last 3 years she has performed at the Chamber Music Festival of HMTMH.
laura van der heijden
7.30pm Saturday, 6 July 2013
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