Megumi Rolfe, Saturday September 7, 2019

Megumi Rolfe

Megumi’s solo violin programme:
Georg Philipp Telemann – Fantasia No.4 in D major
Eugène Ysaÿe – Sonata No.1 in G minor Op.27
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber – Passacaglia from Rosary Sonata No.16 ‘The Guardian Angel’
Interval
Johann Sebastian Bach – Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004

Born in Japan, Megumi has performed in the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace (in the presence of HRH the Prince of Wales), Gstaad Palace in Switzerland, Holt Fringe Festival, Cheltenham Town Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, Conway Hall, Bristol Cathedral and Tokyo Alisto Hall.

As a soloist she has performed Bruch’s Violin Concerto and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with various orchestras, including the Boots Orchestra where she is a soloist in residence. Her performance of Walton’s Violin Concerto won prizes at both the Croydon Music Festival and the Springboard Festival.

After attending The Purcell School and obtaining a Masters degree at the Royal College of Music (generously supported by a Sir Peter and Lady Walters Scholarship), she worked for the London Music Masters charity as a teaching assistant to Prof. Rashkovsky.

Megumi is currently the musician in residence at the Royal Marsden Hospital Chapel in Chelsea. And she regularly gives concerts in aid of various charities, including for the development of a nutrition centre in Turkana, Kenya.

Megumi is violinist on the recording of ‘Light’ by the composer Robert Power.
She is also working with the composer David Hackbridge Johnson and premiered his Solo Sonata No.3, and also No.4, which is dedicated to her. She has recently recorded his solo violin works.

Megumi plays a beautiful Italian violin made by Antonio Testore 1740. She is very grateful for the generous support given by Florian Leonhard Fine Violins, Sir Peter and Lady Walters, and the Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Musical Scholarship Fund.

 

Meet the Performer

An exciting innovation is the opportunity to meet Megumi during a light supper after the concert.  After supper, Megumi will be interviewed by Phil Barrett and answer questions from the floor.  Tickets for the supper are available from Catherine Hume – booking@start-holt.org.uk – for £15 per person.

Any enquiries please call Mark Jones, Director of Music at St Andrews tel: 07833 655854