Julien Dupont, Seiko Yagi


Sunday,. 1st August, 2010 2 pm
Gisborne St, East Melbourne

Meet the Artists

Julien Dupont began learning the violin at 7 years old in his home city, Grenoble. He went to many different European cities to further his practice of the instrument in France, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands.

In 2000 he obtained a Premier Prix in violin at the Royal Conservatorium of Brussels in the class of Adam Kornisewski. Julien spent the four following years in Amsterdam studying with Keiko Wataya and graduated with a Bachelor degree at the Amsterdam Conservatorium of Music in 2004. In 2006 he graduated with a Master Degree in Violin Pedagogy at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Julien was invited to present a paper at the 2006 National Violin Pedagogy Conference in Sydney and has been a guest lecturer at Monash University and the University of Sydney. In 2007 Julien was granted a Distinguished Talent visa on the basis of his contribution to violin pedagogy in Australia. Julien is currently undertaking some research on the French violin school of the 19th century at the University of Melbourne at a doctorate level.

As a performer, he has played in numerous youth orchestras in Europe, and played professionally in the Rotterdam Chamber’Orchestra from 2000 to 2002. He also performed in many concerts as soloist and chamber musician in France, Belgium, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Japan.

Since 2004, Julien has been invited as Concertmaster in several regional orchestras in NSW and has held the regular position of Concertmaster of the Central Coast Symphony Orchestra from 2005 to 2007.

Julien has taught secondary and tertiary students in different musical institutions including the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the University of Melbourne. He has been assistant teacher of Keiko Wataya at the Amsterdam Conservatorium and of Goetz Richter at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Julien moved to Melbourne in 2008 to work full-time with Orchestra Victoria.
He plays an instrument of exceptional sound quality made by Auguste Sebastien Bernardel in 1835.

Seiko Yagi was born in 1978 in Saitama, Japan. She started to play the piano at the age of 3. In 1999 she graduated at the Toho Junior College of Music in Tokyo where she was studying with Keiko Kanazawa and Yasuko Kuross. In 2005 she graduated with a Master Degree at the Amsterdam Conservatorium of Music where she received a Bachelor Degree in 2003 in the class of Willem Brons.

In 2004 she participated in a Master Class by Murray Perhaia performing Beethoven’s 4th piano concerto with orchestra. She attended numerous Master Classes in Germany and the Netherlands given by Michael Vosklezensky, Ton Hartzuiker, Mtthias Kirshnereit and Willem Brons.

As a part of her degree in Amsterdam Conservatorium she specialised in O. Messiaen (taught by Hakon Austbo), Bela Bartok and Debussy (Claude Helffer) and Arnold Shonberg (Leonard Stein).

As chamber musician she studied with leading performers in the Netherlands such as D. Fertchmann, Frans van Ruth, Keiko Wataya and W. Brons.

She has succeeded in performing as soloist in many concerts as well as chamber musician and accompanist in Japan, the Netherlands in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Germany, Belgium, Spain and Portugal.

Since September 2005 Seiko Yagi has again been living in Japan.

W.A. Mozart: Sonata in Bb KV.454
Largo – Allegro Andante Allegretto
G. Faure: Sonata No.l in A Major
Allegro Molto Andante Allegro Vivo Allegro Quasi Presto
O. Messiaen: Theme and Variations
J. Brahms: Sonata No.3 in D minor
Allegro Adagio Un Poco Presto e con Sentimento
Presto Agitato