We are pleased to present this violin and piano recital featuring Emmanuel Bach, one of the artists sponsored by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. The pianist will be announced later.
Emmanuel Bach has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at venues including Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the Fields and St James’s Piccadilly. He was a prizewinner at the 2017 ROSL (Royal Overseas League) String Competition, and Mirecourt International Violin Competition 2016. Recently, he played in a live-streamed masterclass conducted by Maxim Vengerov, on the Brahms Violin Concerto. He has also recently played the Bach Double Concerto in Oxford with the renowned violinist Sophie Mutter. He is one of 14 selected artists on the Countess of Munster Recital scheme 2017-18.
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 has played solo and chamber music in UK, USA, France, Holland, Poland, Romania, India and Japan. She gave her New York debut at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall in 2014 and gave her recital tour in Louisiana in 2015.
The Countess of Munster Musical Trust
The Countess of Munster Musical Trust helps young musicians achieve their full potential towards securing careers as performers. Its Recital Scheme offers sponsorship for recitals at selected music clubs around the country.
The trust was founded in 1958 by Hilary, Countess of Munster. The origins of the trust and particularly Hilary's family history are quite fascinating, not least because of their connections to this area. Born Hilary Wilson, Lady Munster was the great-great-granddaughter of David Wilson, a Humber lighterman who had ten children. His youngest, Thomas, grew up to found the Wilson shipping line in Hull. Thomas and his wife gave birth to 15 children, the youngest of whom, Arthur, built Tranby Croft and was involved in the infamous baccarat scandal there. One of Arthur's sons, Edward inherited the family shipping business. Hilary was his daughter. The story continues on the Munster Trust website:
Hilary was a shy, retiring child with a passion for music and a devotion to the piano. Although custom of the day precluded entry to music college, her talent was such that the great Solomon accepted her for private study. She gave many private recitals and, during the First World War, played to the wounded in hospitals. In 1928 she married Sir Geoffrey FitzClarence who in the same year inherited his uncle’s title of 5th Earl of Munster.
Over the years, Lady Munster continued to perform in hospitals and at schools and her home at Bletchingley in Surrey was a hub of musical activity. She was a great patron of many professional musicians of the day. Perhaps due to the fact that her marriage was childless, she took a particular interest in young performers and, with the support of her close friend, Gerald Coke, a financier and supporter of music, the idea of putting her help on to an enduring and practical basis was conceived with the founding in 1958 of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.
Lady Munster died in 1979, but the work of the trust continues.
This account can be read in full at www.munstertrust.org.uk/history