The Strad Video – Violinist Midori Komachi performs Vaughan Williams at the composer’s house


Celebrating 150 years since the birth of English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, Midori Komachi and Simon Callaghan filmed their performance at Leith Hill Place in Surrey, the composer’s former residence.

The Japanese violinist has developed a diverse career bridging British and Japanese cultures through music, with her latest album Vaughan Williams: Complete Works for Violin and Piano.

Recorded with his duo partner Callaghan, Komachi explores some of Vaughan Williams’ best-known works for violin and piano, including The Ascendant, Romance and Pastoral Lark and Six Studies in English Folksong.

The CD also includes his lesser known Sonata in A major which forms the bulk of this recording.

“Although the Sonata is an important work in itself, it is rarely performed, perhaps due to its technical requirements,” Komachi said. “After recording it, I can confirm that it is one of the most difficult sonatas in the violin repertoire, but at the same time it is a work that opens the door to a deeper path in the thoughts of the composer.”

Komachi is the PRS Foundation Musician in Residence and has performed extensively in Europe and Japan working with other organizations such as British Airways, the British Council and UK cosmetics retailer LUSH.

In 2014, his album colors of the heart, which included the works of Debussy, Delius and Ravel was hailed as a “sensitive account of music full of sensual allure” in The Strade.

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