International pianists play Windmill Concert

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TWO star pianists of the international stage will be performing in Swineshead on Friday.

Bing Bing Li, from China, and Shio Osaki, from Japan, will be performing in the village hall, in North End, from 7.30pm, as part of the Windmill Studio Concerts 2011 season.

Bing Bing Li was awarded the title of Star of the Future by the government of Chinese Northern Province.

Then, at the age of seven, she was catapulted onto the international stage.

Praised by one of the world’s foremost piano teachers, Prof Karl-Heinz Karmmerling, she made a recording debut in collaboration with the Central Conservatory of Music under the China Universal label in 1998.

She moved to the UK at the age of 14.

She currently studies under English pianist and head of the keyboard department of the Royal Academy of Music, in London, Prof Christopher Elton.

She received a number of awards and prizes nationally and performed on a number of concert platforms including the Beijing Concert Hall, Zhong Shan Music Hall and concerts in more than seven other countries.

She has performed in solo recitals and chamber music recitals in venues including Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, St John Smith Square, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and St Martin-in-the-fields.

Shio Osaki, born in Japan in 1986, started playing piano at the age of four.

She moved to London at the age of 12 and also began studying with Prof Elton at the Royal Academy of Music.

She entered the Junior Academy in 2000 and performed with the orchestra as a representative of the piano department.

She entered the Royal Academy of Music with a full scholarship and completed her masters with a first in 2010.

She has performed internationally and at many festivals in the UK and has won a number of prizes including first prize in the Balys Dvarionas International Competition for Young Musicians in 2002 and the Christopher Duke Award in 2005 and second in the 2004 Beethoven Junior Intercollegiate Piano competition.

Tickets for the performance cost £12 (children free).

l Information: call Bettina Houlder on 01205 820246.