Seaford lunchtime concert features two acclaimed musicians

Lunchtime concert season at St Leonards church in Seaford
Lunchtime concert season at St Leonards church in Seaford

An exceptional lunchtime concert will be held at Seaford’s St Leonard’s Church on Saturday June 11 at 1pm by violinist Fumi Otsuki and Petra Hajduchova on piano.

The concert at the church in Church Street will last approximately an hour and has free admission with a retiring collection.

Fumi was born in Sendai, Japan, and studied the violin with Gerhard Bosse and Masayoshi Kumai there, and Shizuko Ishii in Tokyo. After he moved to this country he studied violin and piano at the Royal Academy of Music, then violin with Kun Hu and piano with Raymond Banning at Trinity College of Music.

Fumi also took private violin lessons in London, master classes in Dartington and Couchevel with Tomotada Soh, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, and Sigrun Edvaldsdottir. He has given many concerts at many great churches, such as St Bride’s church in Fleet street, Southwark Cathedral, Chapel at the Royal Marsden hospital in South Kensington, Emmanuel church in Cambridge, All Saints church in Marlow, St Mary’s church in Slough and the United Reformed church in Farnham.

Petra is a classically trained musician with a passion for a wide range of musical genres.

Prior to coming to the UK, she was active on the continent as an accompanist and also organist in Salzburg, having the rare privilege of being Mozart´s successor at St Peter´s Church.

Since the arriving in the UK, Petra has been in high demand as a soloist, accompanist, orchestral and chamber musician, worked for BBC Radio 3 and television.

In addition to performing, Petra enjoys teaching piano and harpsichord and has participated in various educational projects.

She is also a member of Prima Vista (flute and harpsichord duet), winners of the June Emerson Wind Music Launchpad Prize 2012. In addition to this, Petra enjoys playing contemporary music and has premiered works by composers such as Stephen Montague, Sivan Shenhav, Effy Efthymiou, Caroline Heslop and Karel Janovický.