Player Profile: Eriko Nagayama, First Violin No.7



A few months ago Eriko Nagayama joined the Orchestra's First Violin section. You may have seen her at a recent RPO concert. You may have also seen some of Eriko's quirky Instagram posts from our recent USA tour. Here are the career highlights of the Orchestra's award-winning First Violin:

Japanese born Eriko Nagayama is a highly acclaimed violinist, who graduated with distinction in 2018 from her MA in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of György Pauk. She was also awarded for her DipRAM  Final Recital the Marjorie Bunty Lempfert Award, and the Moir Carnegie Prize.

Eriko has also won several awards for her violin performances, including first prize and the Jean Schmidt prize for outstanding musicianship at the Yokohama International Music Competition, Wilfrid Parry Brahms Prize 2016, Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Prize 2017, and Winifred Small Violin Prize 2018 at the Royal Academy of Music.

She is a member of Trio Opal (piano trio) since 2017. They were awarded the first prize in the Birmingham Intercollegiate Piano Trio Competition. They were finalists in the inaugural Birmingham International Piano Chamber Music Festival in November and were chosen by the Trondheim Chamber Music Festival in October to be the prequalifying ensemble for the 2019 international competition. They are currently CAVATINA-Trio-In-Residence as a fellow ensemble at the Royal Academy of Music.

Additionally, she has led the Toho Gakuen Orchestra (Tokyo), the Freixenet Symphony Orchestra of the Encounter (Santander, Spain), the Academy Symphony Orchestra (Royal Academy of Music, London), and the London Young Sinfonia and she has participated on the LSO String Experience Scheme with Sir Simon Rattle, Francois-Xavier Roth and Gianandrea Noseda.

Eriko plays a violin made by Nicolo Gagliano, Naples, 1755 kindly on loan from the Royal Academy of Music, London.

Watch this space for another new player announcement later this month.

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