Mifune Tsuji - violin
Jin Theriault - saxophone
Paul Jackson - piano
Renowned violinist Mifune Tsuji, saxophonist Jin Theriault, and pianist Paul Jackson perform as a unique trio, playing solo, duo and trio pieces from around the world. The three musicians have been performing together to great acclaim since 2012.
Darius Milhaud - Suite for Violin, Saxophone and Piano
Dmitri Shostakovich - Five Pieces
Percy Grainger - Colonial Song
Eugène Bozza - Aria
Michio Miyagi - Haro No Umi (The Sea in Spring)
Astor Piazzolla - Chau Paris !!!
Astor Piazzolla - Concerto for Quintet
This eclectic programme features music for violin, saxophone and piano spanning four continents. The European tradition is represented by two French composers - Darius Milhaud's sunny and melodic Suite for Violin, Saxophone and Piano is complemented by Eugène Bozza's beautiful Aria for saxophone and piano. Two very different aspects of Asia come in the form of Dmitri Shostakovich's witty Five Pieces for trio and Michio Miyagi’s haunting Haro No Umi (The Sea in Spring), originally for shakuhachi and koto, here performed in a version for violin and piano. Australian composer Percy Grainger’s 'attempt to write a melody as typical of the Australian countryside’ resulted in Colonial Song, a richly melodic piece in an almost Puccinian vein. The concert closes with two pieces by the most famous composer of Argentinian tango music, Astor Piazzolla, with his rhythmically driving Chau Paris !!! and Concerto for Quintet.
The Mifune Trio
Mifune Tsuji 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. As a specialist in contemporary music, Mifune has performed many world-premieres for solo violin and as a soloist with various orchestras. Mifune is concertmaster of the Xenakis Ensemble and now lives in England, where she teaches at Anglia Ruskin University.
Jin Theriault achieved a masters degree with distinction at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in classical saxophone, studying with Gerard McCrystal and Melanie Henry. Jin is often called upon to perform orchestral saxophone with professional ensembles, such as Covent Garden Sinfonia, whilst also performing regularly at festivals in the UK and abroad. Throughout his career Jin has been heavily involved in music education across all ages and abilities. He has led whole class woodwind workshops with Enfield Music Service, and has created and led saxophone choirs in multiple schools across London. He currently teaches saxophone at Anglia Ruskin University and James Allen’s Girls’ School in Dulwich. He has tutored at Aldeburgh Young Musicians and his students have won regional and national competitions. Jin has been performing with multi-award winning progressive brass band Perhaps Contraption for the past six years, touring Europe and the USA.
Paul Jackson is a pianist, conductor, teacher and musicologist who was, for over 20 years, Head of Music and Performing Arts and Director of Music and Performance at Anglia Ruskin University. He has been active as an exponent of contemporary music for many years, both as pianist and conductor, and has commissioned and performed many works by leading composers. As a chamber music pianist, he has performed with saxophonist Damian Royannais, marimba player Daniela Geneva, thereminist and ondes Martenot player Charlie Draper, and The Mifune Tsuji Trio. For many years he conducted the Anglia Ruskin Orchestra and Chorus, the contemporary music group Anglia Sinfonia, and the opera company Anglia Opera. He is currently Musical Director for Haslingfield Choir and Orchestra, who have just won the Making Music national competition to 'Adopt A Composer', and Deputy Conductor for the St Augustine Singers. Paul is also a leading expert on the life and music of the Australian composer Percy Grainger.