Shostakovich Piano Trio No.2 in E minor
Andante, Allegro con brio, Largo, Allegretto.
Brahms Piano Trio No.3 in C minor
Allegro energico, Presto non assai, Andante grazioso, Allegro molto
Kanako Mizuno was born in 1994 in Japan. She began her piano studies at the age of 5. In 2013 Kanako was admitted to the Toho Gakuen School of Music where she studied for 4 years of Bachelor’s with Katsurako Mikami. In March 2017 Kanako graduated with a Bachelor’s degree. In September 2017 Kanako entered the Royal Northern College of Music in the United Kingdom with Colin Stone on an entrance scholarship. Kanako was awarded top prizes in Kamakura City Student Music Competition, Japan Player’s Competition, Young Artist Piano Competition, Le Brilant French Music Competition, Tokyo Piano Competition and Japan Classical Music Competition. She performed in Hamarikyu Hall as a prize winner, Kioi Hall as a selected graduation concert pianist and St Magdalene Church for Intercollegiate Beethoven Competition as a representative of RNCM. She participated in The Euro Music Festival & Academy, master class of Dina Yofe in Mozarteum Summer International Music Academy, and Dartington International Summer School and Festival with full scholarship. She premiered Laura Bowler’s composition in Salford Cathedral with musicians from BBC philharmonic orchestra in May 2018. She has been selected as a finalist of Gold Medal in the RNCM in 2019.
Pijus Jonusas was born in 1991 in Vilnius, Lithuania where he began his music studies at the age of 5. After he graduated from National M.K.Ciourlionis School of Art where he studied violin in Rusne Mataityte class he went to study with Peter Brunt at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, The Netherlands. He is currently studying a masters degree with Pavel Fischer and Gina McCormack at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Pijus is a keen chamber musician and has collaborated with such artists as Magnus Johnston, Guy Johnston, John Ryan, Timothy Ridout, Abel Salaocoe and others.
Julius Jonusas was born in Lithuania and started musical studies at the age of 6. During his early career he received 3rd place in the International Young Musician Competition in Estonia and J. Urba International Strings Competition in Lithuania. He enjoyed nine years of education in his home country before moving to Manchester to continue cello studies with Anna Menzies at the Chetham‘s School of Music. During this time Julius performed around the UK either as a soloist or a member of a quartet, piano trio, baroque ensemble and symphony orchestra. After graduating Chetham‘s, Julius was accepted to study at the Royal Northern College of Music where he is now a second year undergraduate student learning with Nicholas Jones. Julius is a member of the Levare string quartet formed together with fellow students from his year. They recently appeared in the Malvern music festival playing works by Mendelssohn and Shostakovich.