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Mifune Tsuji Trio

Wednesday 8 November, 6.00 – 7.00 pm, Pavilion Room

We are delighted to be welcoming back the renowned violinist Mifune Tsuji, pianist Paul Jackson and saxophonist Jin Theriault – a dynamic chamber ensemble who perform as a unique trio, playing solo and trio pieces from around the world.

Enjoy an hour of relaxed evening music, to include pieces by Marc Eychenne, Rebecca Clarke, Ryo Noda, and Astor Piazzolla.

Marc Eychenne: Cantilène et danse
Rebecca Clarke: Dumka
Astor Piazzolla: Grand Tango
Ryo Noda: Fushicho
Astor Piazzolla: Esqualo

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About the Trio

Renowned violinist Mifune Tsuji, pianist Paul Jackson and saxophonist Jin Theriault perform as a unique trio, playing solo and trio pieces from around the world. The three musicians have been performing together since 2012. The eclectic programme includes three works for trio, Marc Eychenne’s beautiful Cantilène et danse, Dumka, by British-American composer Rebecca Clarke, and a new arrangement of Esqualo, by the Argentina composer and bandoneon virtuoso Astor Piazzolla. Completing this varied and engaging programme of music are Ryo Noda’s Fushicho (Phoenix) for solo saxophone, and Piazzolla’s Le Grand Tango, originally written for cello and piano, but here presented in the version for violin and piano by Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina.

About the performers

Mifune Tsuji (violin) – Prize winner of the 1st Reina Sofia International Competition in Madrid, Mifune Tsuji has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, Asia, America, and Canada. She developed her style and technique under some of the world’s leading violinists and teachers, including Toyoko Hattori, Yoshio Unno, Alberto Lysy, Yehudi Menuhin, and Rustislav Dubinsky. She has always striven to extend her art to its limits by close collaboration with the most outstanding and significant modern composers, including Iannis Xenakis, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Michael Nyman, Luca Francesconi, James Dashow, and Vinko Globokar. In describing the collaboration and artistry Mifune brought to his pieces, Xenakis wrote that ‘she is a wonderful violinist allying technical mastery with an exceptional musicianship.’ She currently lives in England, where she teaches at Anglia Ruskin University.

Jin Theriault (saxophone) achieved a master’s 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 several years, touring Europe and the USA.

Paul Jackson (piano) is a pianist, conductor, teacher and musicologist who was, for over 20 years, Head of Music and Performing Arts 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. He lectures for ACE Cultural Tours, and is an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Paul is also a leading expert on the life and music of the Australian composer Percy Grainger and is Editor of The Grainger Journal and President of the Percy Grainger Society, based in New York.