Thursday 20 May 2021 at 7:30 pm at St Mary's Church
(postponed from May 2020)
Mozart Piano Sonata in B flat, K.333
Beethoven Piano Sonata in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 (Quasi una fantasia - Moonlight)
Chopin Waltz in A minor, Op.34 No.2
Chopin Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58
Members online booking opens Thursday 22 April
Any remaining tickets will be released on general sale on Thursday 6 May
Junko Kobayashi was born in Japan, and studied with Machiko Asahina and her husband Takashi Asahina, the distinguished conductor. She came to London to study with Maria Curcio, who had been a pupil of Schnabel, and with the great pianist Louis Kentner who often played with his brother-in-law, Yehudi Menuhin.
She has given recitals in four continents and all over the Great Britain, and has appeared with many orchestras as soloist, including the London Philharmonic.
In 2007 she began a series of concerts entitled Late Mozart Early Beethoven in the David Josefowitz Recital Hall in the Royal Academy of Music in London, and has continued that series almost every year since, including, in addition, music by Chopin and Debussy.
Her recent discography includes two sets of sonatas by Beethoven, including the Appassionata and the Waldstein sonatas; and in 2017 she released a CD devoted to works by Chopin, including waltzes, nocturnes, mazurkas the Barcarolle and the great Sonata No 3.
There is a strong Japanese presence in London. Perrin and Hoare's Anglo-Japanese Cultural Pioneers 1945-2015 devotes a chapter to Junko. In 1997, she co-founded the Takemitsu Society and she remained as chair of the Society for fifteen years. In 2014 she gave a recital at the residence of the Ambassador of Japan. In 2018, she produced and participated in “TAKEMITSU 88”, a concert to celebrate Toru Takemitsu’s 88th anniversary, at the Warehouse in London.
Recitals of classical music have been rapturously received at the Athenaeum Club in 2017, and, in 2019, at the Chopin Society of London in the Westminster Cathedral Hall, and as a part of Oxford University Alumni Event in the Holywell Music Room in Oxford (where it is thought that Haydn played in 1791.)
Junko’s playing is distinguished by exceptional musicality, drive, and passion.