Lynn Music Society’s next concert on Wednesday should be an evening to remember.
It will feature the highly-talented young violinist Stephanie Childress, accompanied by a professional pianist, Maiko Mori.
This concert is at Lynn town Hall, starting at 7.30pm, and acting secretary Evelyn Macdonald said: “This is something of a surprise to us all. Having asked for a Cambridge student who would be willing to come to play for us there was no expectation that the individual would be as experienced and accomplished as Stephanie Childress, or that she would be accompanied by a professional pianist, Maiko Mori.
“We are indeed privileged to have such talent on our doorstep and grateful to St John’s College, Cambridge for the support given.”
Stephanie is a 16-year-old violinist and conductor who has distinguished herself as one of the most interesting and versatile musicians of her age. She has attended the Lycee Francais Charles de Gaulle in London and the Royal College of Music Junior where she was Leader of both the RCMJD Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra.
Last she started as an undergraduate reading Music at St John’s College, Cambridge where she currently leads the Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra during its 2015/16 season.
She has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician including at the Young Virtuosi Festival in France. Stephanie has won many prizes and in 2016 was a finalist in the String Category of the Royal Over-Seas League Competition and is a category finalist in the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition which will be broadcast on BBC 4 and on BBC3 Radio.
As well as soloist Stephanie is a highly accomplished orchestral musician and was Concert Master of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in 2015 therefore performing in England’s most distinguished concert halls.
Maiko Mori, born in Okayama, Japan began piano and composition studies at the age of five at the Yamaha School and gave her first public recital a year later, performing her own compositions. She continued to perform in major concerts throughout Japan until, aged 13, she decided to concentrate on piano performance winning competitions and subsequently awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music where she continued to flourish.
Maiko made her concerto debut in the UK with the RCM Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vasily Petrenko and went on to debut internationally with the Bombay Chamber Orchestra in Mumbai. She has pursued an interest in chamber music as a member of the Aquilon ensemble and in partnership with violinist Eulalie Charland.
Although Maiko has a repertoire which encompasses the history of piano music she particularly enjoys playing early 20th century British music. She is an instrumental teacher at the University of Chichester.