Amy Jolly, cello Mari Kawamura, piano from the Royal Academy of Music
Cello Sonata in G minor, Opus 65 Frédéric CHOPIN
Allegro moderato Scherzo Largo Finale, Allegro
Amy Jolly, cello
Amy Jolly has just graduated from the Master of Arts program at the Royal Academy of Music as a student of Josephine Knight. Having previously studied with Valter Despalj and Jakob Kullberg in Zagreb and Copenhagen, Amy has led an exciting performance path. Since moving to London in 2010, she has performed in a huge variety of situations, including concerts at venues such as the Wigmore Hall in London, Kettle's Yard in Cambridge and Bath Abbey.
Amy is a founding member of the up and coming Toki Quartet, who specialise in interpreting Japanese and British works. The Tokis were invited by Manning Camerata to perform at MasterPiece Festival in Chelsea and have with worked with many renowned artists including Scottish Ensemble and Alison Pearce. They are part of the LSO Soundhub Scheme with composer Elo Masing and are also embarking on the Harmony of Cultural Sounds Project, culminating in a tour to Japan in November.
While at the Academy, Amy was a member of the Sainsbury Academy Soloists, working closely with Jack Liebeck and Clio Gould; was selected as principal in the Symphony, Concert and Opera Orchestras and performed in several masterclasses, including a very highly-attended class with Truls Mørk.
Amy has also been selected by Gregor Horsch to play Bach at Kendal Church; to perform for Dmitri Ferschtman as part of ‘A Weekend of Russian Music’ at Malvern Theatre and was invited to the Santander Encuentro Academy 2011 to study with Ivan Monighetti. She has performed as a soloist with the Copenhagen Chamber Orchestra, Thy Orchestra, at ‘In De Naam’ in Amsterdam; ‘MuCircus’ and Kirsten Kjær Museum in Denmark and as a member of CelloMania at the Chopin Festival in Zagreb. Amy works frequently with the Birmingham Royal Ballet as grateful recipient of their mentorship.
Mari Kawamura, piano
Mari Kawamura is a concert pianist whose curiosity and wide ranging interests have taken her in many directions. While studying under Vadim Sakharov, she concentrated on modern repertoire, such as late Scriabin Sonatas and pieces from contemporary Japanese composers. She has been constantly collaborating with composers for many years and premiered many works by young composers. She has given both solo and chamber music concerts in various venues, such as Regent’s Hall in London, Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge and Smile Nakano hall in Tokyo. At high school, she started giving concerts for elderly people and disabled children and adults at various institutions and this has become an important commitment in her working life.
In 2009, she received a Winifred Christie Award and the Janet Duff Greet Prize in 2012. She is about to graduate from the Master of Arts program at the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Tatiana Sarkissova.