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Kleio String Quartet

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Sunday, 17th March 2024 @ 7.30 pm


Mozart - Quartet No. 1 in G major K.387

Bartók - Quartet No. 4 in C major

Mendelssohn - Quartet No. 4 in E minor Op. 44 No. 2


Yume Fujise - violin
Katherine Yoon - violin 

Jenny Lewisohn - viola  

Eliza Millett - cello

First Prize and Commission Prize winners at the Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition 2023, the Kleio Quartet are quickly establishing themselves as an internationally-recognised quartet.

Described by Alina Ibragimova as 'a wonderfully dedicated group of musicians who bring assuredness and freshness to everything they play',  they formed at the Seiji Ozawa International Chamber Academy in 2019 and consist of individually acclaimed musicians Yume Fujise, Katherine Yoon, Jenny Lewisohn and Eliza Millett.

The Kleio Quartet have performed in major international venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Victoria Hall, Cadogan Hall, Royal Festival Hall, the DR Koncerthuset, the Black Diamond in Copenhagen and many others.

The Kleio Quartet is particularly grateful to have received support and mentorship from Eckart Runge and Alina Ibragimova as well as from John Myerscough thanks to ChamberStudio's Mentorship Scheme. They have also received coaching from world-renowned chamber musicians Sadao Harada, Nobuko Imai, Pamela Frank, Simon Rowland-Jones, György Kurtàg and Oliver Wille.

This season they have held a Residency at Snape Maltings' Britten-Pears Festival in Aldeburgh and look forward to a series of residencies hosted by the Strijkkwartet Biënnale Amsterdam from 2023-25. They are delighted to have been selected both for the Tunnell Trust’s Music Club Awards Scheme 2022/23 and as Kirckman Concert Society Young Artists for 2023/24. They have also been selected to join the MERITA platform from 2023-25.

The Kleio Quartet are City Music Foundation Artists and are grateful for the ongoing support of Le Dimore del Quartetto.

Yume Fujise - violin i

BBC Introducing Classical Artist - Yume Fujise is a Japanese violinist currently living in London. After starting the violin at the age of three, Yume was invited to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Lutsia Ibragimova and at the Kunst Universität Graz with Boris Kuschnir. Yume is currently undertaking her Artist Diploma degree after completing her Bachelor of Music and Masters of Performance at the Royal College of Music, London (RCM) with Mark Messenger and Alina Ibragimova on an ABRSM full scholarship. In 2020, Yume was set to make her BBC Proms Debut alongside Nicola Benedetti playing the Bach Double Concerto with Les Violons du Roy. As well as performing as a soloist, she is an avid chamber musician. She has been a frequent artist at the Seiji Ozawa International Academy in Rolle, Switzerland since 2017. Yume plays on a Jean Baptiste Vuillaume, Paris 1868 which has been generously loaned to her by her sponsor, Masahiro Suzuki.

Katherine Yoon - violin ii

South Korean violinist Katherine Yoon has performed in concert venues including the Musikverein Vienna, Berlin Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin, Victoria Hall Singapore, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Bozar Brussels and Endler Hall in Stellenbosch. She was awarded First Prize at the Royal College of Music Violin Competition 2019 and at the Haneum Competition. Katherine has had masterclasses with Pinchas Zukerman, Maxim Vengerov, Zakhar Bron, Alina Ibragimova, Mihaela Martin, András Keller and Eszter Haffner. She has also received lessons from members of the Emerson, Doric, Endellion, Marmen and Sacconi Quartets. Katherine previously studied with Akiko Ono at the Yehudi Menuhin School. Since 2017, she has been studying at the Royal College of Music in London with Itzhak Rashkovsky on a full scholarship as a recipient of the Anne and Brian Wadsworth Scholarship and the ISH Award. Since 2020, Katherine is kindly supported by the Drake Calleja Trust. She plays on a 1741 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin, on loan from the RCM.

Jenny Lewisohn - viola

Throughout the year British/Danish violist Jenny Lewisohn performs with a rich variety of distinguished artists and ensembles which have taken her around the UK, Europe, South America and Asia. As well as frequently joining the London Symphony and Aurora Orchestras in concert and on recordings, she is an experienced chamber musician having given multiple performances at the Wigmore Hall, in the Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room and at Kings Place. She is an Artistic Advisor and Co-Founder of the Marryat Players Chamber Music Festival and Co-Artistic Director of the Jigsaw Players Concert Series which brings classical, jazz and educational projects to South West London. Jenny is a viola tutor on Nicola Benedetti’s ‘Benedetti Sessions’ which take place across the UK and, since May 2020, online as the acclaimed 'Virtual Benedetti Sessions'.

Eliza Millett - cello

Cellist Eliza Millett has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in a number of UK and international venues and festivals such as Wigmore Hall, Musikverein, Philharmonie de Paris, IMS Prussia Cove, Mendelssohn on Mull, Aix-en-Provence and St. John’s Smith Square. She is a Countess of Munster Trust Debut Scheme winner (2022), a yeoman for the Worshipful Company of Musicians, an artist for City Music Foundation, and has appeared on BBC Radio 3, CBC Radio (Canada) and NPR (Virginia, US). In addition to her solo playing, Eliza is an active chamber musician and cellist of the Kleio Quartet, Trio Cordiera (piano) and a founding member of Trio Kurtág (strings). Committed to artistic programming, Eliza is the co-director of SmorgasChord, an arts festival based in Oxford with new music at its heart. Eliza is a graduate of the University of Oxford and of the Royal Academy of Music (London) where she studied with Christoph Richter.

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