The Night and the Raven

With Midori Komachi and Florian Mitrea

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Last Show: Sunday 2 nd June 2019

The Pheasantry (Chelsea)

Edgar Allan Poe’s poem The Raven inspired many artists and composers, expanding a musical world of darkness and deep colours. Violinist Midori Komachi (‘hugely gifted soloist of the younger generation’ –The Quarterly Review) is joined by pianist Florian Mitrea (‘stupendous virtuosity’ - Süddeutsche Zeitung), exploring the intimate connections between music, poetry and visual art. Programme to include works by Delius, Grieg, Ravel and Britten.

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Midori Komachi (violin)

Midori has performed as a soloist extensively throughout Europe and Japan.

She has appeared in some of the world's most prestigious venues, including Tonhalle Zurich, Tokyo Opera City Hall, Philharmony Warsaw, Wigmore Hall, and the Rector's Palace (Croatia).Now basing her work in London and Tokyo, Midori’s performances have been frequently featured on TV and Radio, including NHK, TV Tokyo and BBC Radio 3. In 2018, Midori joined BBC Radio 3 for the Japanese music season Night Blossoms, introducing many leading composers and artists from Japan. Currently, Midori is a presenter/curator for her radio programmeMidori Selects on British Airways in-flight entertainment. 

Midori is also a bilingual writer in English and Japanese, particularly known for her expertise in 20th Century British music. In 2017, her first book, a Japanese translation of Eric Fenby's classic book of recollections Delius as I knew him (1936) was published in Japan and has gained critical acclaim on the national press. 

Florian Mitrea (piano) 

Described by Martha Argerich as ‘an outstanding young pianist’, Romanian/British pianist Florian Mitrea is the winner of the 2018 Royal Overseas League Piano Competition, and a double-laureate at the 2017 Scottish, 2017 Saint Priest, 2015 Hamamatsu and 2014 ARD Munich International Piano Competitions. He was also a major prize-winner at the 2018 Harbin International Competition in China and the 2016 James Mottram International Competition in Manchester, and he was joint-winner of the 2016 Verona International Piano Competition. In 2018 he was the top prize-winner at the New York International Piano Festival, after which he was invited to give his debut performance at Carnegie Hall. He has performed in the UK in halls such as Bridgewater Hall, King’s Place, St John Smith Square, St Martin in the Fields and Colston Hall. 

In 2016 Florian was appointed a Kawai Global Artist, and in 2018 an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.