|Clara Schumann||Three Romances for Violin and Piano, Op. 22|
|Beethoven||Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major Op. 47, No. 9 ‘Kreutzer’|
|Janáček||Violin Sonata, JW VII/7|
|Ravel||Pièce en forme de Habanera|
|Poulenc||Violin Sonata, FP 119|
Hailed by critics and audiences alike, Japanese violinist Coco Tomita first gained recognition after winning the BBC Young Musician 2020 Strings Category. Her success led to an invitation to record a debut album with Orchid Classics, numerous approaches by music festivals across the UK, and an extensive concert tour of Japan. She was named as ‘One to watch’ by Gramophone Magazine and ‘Young Classical Star’ by Classic FM. Her debut album ‘Origins’ received a succession of rave reviews from The Strad, Gramophone Magazine, BBC Music Magazine and The Guardian, among others, and was selected as ‘Disc of the month’ by Apple in April 2022. Based in London and Berlin, the 2022/23 season sees Coco perform around the UK and includes her debut with London Mozart Players performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and in recital at St George’s Hall Bristol with Simon Callaghan.
Simon performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician, in parallel with his highly successful career as a recording artist. In response to his regular performances in the UK’s major concert halls, his international tours to Asia, North America and Europe, and his extensive, acclaimed discography, Callaghan has developed a wide following.
“I can well imagine that before long Coco Tomita will be celebrated among the best younger violinists” – Rob Cowan, Gramophone