Lunchtime Classical Recital | Alexandra Raikhlina & Yoshie Kawamura

Friday 8th November | 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

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Friday 8th November  | 1pm

Alexandra Raikhlina, (violin), Yoshie Kawamura, (piano).

This concert will be a fundraiser for the Brundibár Arts Festival

Brundibár Arts Festival was launched in January 2016 as the first annual Festival in the UK dedicated to the Music and Arts of the Holocaust. Located in Newcastle and Gateshead, the Festival takes its name from Hans Krása’s children’s opera “Brundibár” (meaning bumblebee), which was first performed publicly by the children of Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1943. Brundibár Arts Festival seeks to find new ways to positively document the astonishing achievements of artists under adversity, and to keep their stories alive through music and the arts.


Alexandra Raikhlina was born in Moscow in 1983 and moved to Belgium in 1990. At the age of 13 she was Laureate of the “Charles de Beriot” competition before being awarded a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School, where she studied with Natalia Boyarsky. Later she received a full scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with David Takeno and Krzsisztof Smietana.

Alexandra has performed extensively as a soloist and a chamber musician in Belgium, England, Switzerland, Russia, Greece, Germany, Portugal and Hong-Kong. She has appeared in Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Fairfield Halls, Sage Gateshead, Centro Cultural de Belem, Elbphilharmonie. Festival appearances include Gstaad, Paxos, Oxford Lieder Festival, Oxford May Music Festival, Highgate International Chamber Music Festival, Northern Chords Festival, and Ulverston International Music Festival. Alexandra has won awards from the Craxton Foundation and Martin Scholarship Foundation, was awarded the LSO String Scheme Experience, was a prize winner at the Richmond upon Thames Performing Arts festival, and finalist and special prize winner (for best performance of a sonata) at the International Koningin Sophie Charlotte Competition.

Alexandra has appeared as a soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Epsom Symphony Orchestra, and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. Alexandra’s BBC Proms appearance was part of the “Composers Portrait” programme broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Image of Yoshie Kawamura | Image provided by promoter

Yoshie Kawamura was born in Nagoya Japan and has been a resident in the UK since she was 11. She has given many performances worldwide where her main appearances were; in Germany 200th year of celebration for Chopin at Freiburg Musikhochschule, Switzerland Chamber Music Concert at Luzern Marianischer Saal, Berlin Chamber Music Festival Lunchtime Concert Series at Berliner Philharmoniker, and Netherlands International Stichting Apeldoon Festival. She was also invited to join the Berlin Philharmonic Quartet in performing Schumann’s Piano Quintet on their tour of Japan; subsequently she received an invitation from the Poznan Philharmonia to perform as a soloist in Chopin’s Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise in a series of concerts in Poland.
She received her Master of Music at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and later went to Germany to further her studies with Prof. Mishory at Musikhochschule Freiburg. In 2013 she came back to the UK to receive her second master in Cultural Management at the Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne.

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