The HopBarn aims to support and nurture new and emerging artistic practice as well as young artists, musicians and performers at the very start of their careers. Having recently hosted a new and emerging dance company as well as LaPelle's Factory as part of Derby Theatre's Departure Lounge Festival, our attention reverts back to music with this scheduled recital featuring 3 talented young musicians. The full programme has yet to be announced although this news blog helps to ascertain their music journey to date, and the potential programme that will be presented as part of this performance evening.
Matt Glendening has been awarded a scholarship to study clarinet with Timothy Lines and Barnaby Robson as an undergraduate at the Royal College of Music, London from September 2016, having previously been a music scholar at Nottingham High School. For the past 5 years Matt has studied clarinet with Anthony Bailey and piano with Neil Roxburgh at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, where he was principal clarinettist of the RCMJD Symphony Orchestra. Matt is principal clarinettist of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain 2016 having been a member for 4 years, performing concerts in many major UK venues including at the Royal Albert Hall BBC Proms, and in Berlin. In 2015 he was awarded a place on the prestigious London Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Academy.
In 2015 Matt became Nottingham Young Musician of the Year. He also won the Royal College of Music’s Junior Department Gordon Turner Memorial Competition, and was made Carlton Male Voice Choir’s Music Maker. This year he was a finalist in the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Instrumentalist Competition, and a finalist in both the Angela Bull and the Peter Morrison Concerto Competitions at RCMJD where he has been awarded the 2016 Sally Wainwright Woodwind Prize. He is pleased to have recently been awarded both the Southwell Choral Society Bursary and the Peggy Oldham Fund Award.Matt’s many solo and chamber music performances include performances of Spohr's Fourth Clarinet Concerto and Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the Orchestra of the Restoration (2013 and 2016), Bassi’s ‘Fantasy on Themes from Rigoletto’ with the Nottingham Symphony Orchestra (2015) and Copland’s Clarinet Concerto with Sinfonia Silvana (2016). He has appeared several times at the Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room – in a solo recital (2014), in a joint performance with Natasha Day and Kumi Matsuo (2015), and most recently playing the Schubert Octet (June 2016). Earlier this year he performed in the ‘Live at Lunch’ Recital Series at Nottingham Theatre Royal. In the summer of 2015 he performed by invitation in several concerts in the ‘Young Virtuosi’ festival in the South of France and is returning to perform again in July 2016. In early July he was soloist at the Wigmore Hall in the RCMJD Young Artists Showcase. He is due to give a recital in the Southwell Minster Great Hall during Southwell Music Festival in August. Matt has been fortunate to take part in masterclasses with the Galliard Ensemble, Michael Collins, Lyndsey Marsh, Chris Richards, David Campbell and Chris Swann.
Kumi Matsuo was born in Tokyo, Japan. Winner of the 5th Louisiana International Piano Competition in 2013, she has also won Second Prize at the 75th Music Competition of Japan in 2006, Third Prize at the 22nd Ferrol International Piano Competition in 2008 and First Prize at the 6th Isidor Bajic International Piano Competition in 2012.
Kumi graduated from the Toho Gakuen High School of Music and the Toho Gakuen University of Music in Tokyo. In 2007 she moved to London for her further study at the Royal College of Music where she gained an Artist Diploma and a Master of Music in Performance. Her study was supported by the Charles Napper Award, the Russell Gander Award and the Rohm Music Foundation.
In 2008 Kumi won RCM concerto competition and gave her London debut playing Ravel’s Piano Concerto for Left Hand in Cadogan Hall with RCM Sinfonietta conducted by Peter Stark. In 2009 she performed Schnittke’s Concerto Grosso No.1 with RCM Chamber Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski at the Queen Elisabeth Hall. She also performed Prokofiev’s 3rd Piano Concerto with RCM Symphony Orchestra under Martin André at the Royal College of Music. In 2014 she gave her New York debut at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall.
Kumi has played solo and chamber music in UK, USA, France, Holland, Poland, Romania, India and Japan and performed as a soloist with orchestras such as Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Galicia Symphony Orchestra, Banatul Symphony Orchestra, Rapides Symphony Orchestra, Constanza Symphony Orchestra and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. She has recently finished the Anthony Saltmarsh Junior Fellow in Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music.
Stephanie Childress, born in London, is a 17 year-old violinist. She started playing the piano at age 5 and violin at six. In October 2015 she began her first year at St John’s College, Cambridge University, reading Music.
Stephanie attended the Royal College of Music Junior Department from 2008 to 2015 studying violin, piano and voice, she led both the Symphony and the Chamber Orchestras.
Stephanie has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician and at such venues as Saddler’s Wells, Elgar Room and Wigmore Hall. She was Concert Master of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in 2015, having been co-leader in 2014. She had joined the orchestra a year earlier, aged 13
She was a prize-winner at the 2014 Sevenoaks Young Musician of the Year and Abingdon Concerto Competition and also won the LSO String Academy Candide Award for Outstanding Performance. She was a Finalist at the Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition in 2015 having also received First prize for under-18. Stephanie received the Martin Scholarship Fund/Sidney Perry Award for 2015/2016.
Stephanie was a finalist of the Royal Over-Seas League and of the Strings Category of BBC Young Musician 2016. She is Assistant Music Director for the NYMT Musical BRASS this summer and is also their Youth Ambassador.