JCS is delighted to be joined by distinguished pianists Nigel Clayton and Imma Setiadi on 20 June – our evening of Romantic music includes masterpieces requiring piano for four hands by Brahms – his Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 52 – and by Schubert – the Fantasia in f minor for piano duet, D940, Op. 103.
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Imma Setiadi was born in Surabaya, Indonesia. A fascination for the piano at her home led to lessons with local teachers who suggested a more serious training. At the age of fifteen, she was invited to perform one of her own compositions in UNICEF-YAMAHA Junior Original Concert in Hong Kong. She then received her Bachelor of Music degree (first class honours) from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore with Albert Tiu and a Distinction in her Master of Music degree where she studied with Nigel Clayton at the Royal College of Music, London. In 2017 she completed her Doctoral degree from the RCM, studying with Nigel Clayton and Amanda Glauert where she explored her interest in cross-arts practice and concert experience as a pianist. She is truly grateful for the support of RCM Study Award, Indonesian Beasiswa Unggulan, the Seary Charitable Trust, Talent Unlimited Charity, anonymous, and PAL charity.
Since her coming to the UK, she has performed in many prestigious venues. As a soloist and chamber musician she has appeared at the Bridgewater Hall, the Purcell Room at Southbank Centre, Steinway Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, Turner Contemporary, The Red-House (the house of Britten-Pears), the Royal Academy of Arts, Holywell Music Room (Oxford), the National Gallery, Blackheath Halls, and Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall. Her playing was further encouraged through prizes at the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Concerto Competition, the National Piano and Violin Competition in Singapore, RCM Beethoven Kendall Taylor Prize, RCM Piano Chamber Music Competition, and Eastbourne Young Soloist Competition. Her concerto engagements have included Shostakovich Piano Concerto 1 (the University Hall, Cambridge), Schumann Concerto, Poulenc Aubade, Finzi Eclogue, Carmichael Concerto for piano duet, and Beethoven Emperor Concerto (at St. Martin-in-the Fields).
In masterclasses, she has worked with Michel Beroff, Angela Hewitt, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Pascal Godart, Ulrich Koella, Pascal Roge, Sir Thomas Allen and Malcolm Martineau. She has been engaged as a piano accompanist for masterclasses by world renown instrumentalists such as Pinchas Zukerman (violin), James Galway (flute), Ole Kristian-Dahl (bassoon), Raphael Wallfisch (cello), Maximiliano Martin (clarinet), Fiona Bonds (viola) and Jacques Tys (oboe).
She has been selected as one of young artists for the Park Lane Group, Manchester Mid-Day Concerts Society and Leeds Lieder Festival. She held the post of Junior Fellow in Piano Accompaniment at the RCM (Gilbert and Eileen Edgar, 2015/2016) and at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (2016-2018). She works as an accompanist and teaches aural skills at the RCM and as a piano teacher at Loughborough Endowed Schools, all-Steinway Music Department. She is also a deputy (musicianship, chamber music and accompanist) at the RCM Junior Department and Junior Trinity, a Leverhulme/Pro Corda Fellow in Chamber Music and a LPO Foyle Future Firsts 2018-2019.
Nigel Clayton studied with Stephen Savage and Angus Morrison at the Royal College of Music London, where he won prizes in every category of piano performance and was awarded the College’s yearly prize for his Bachelor of Music Degree. Whilst there, a particular interest in chamber music and accompanying developed and was further encouraged by international prizes from competitions in London, New York (Concert Artist Guild) and from the English Speaking Union. Since then his worldwide travel has included four major tours of India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan with Indian cellist Anup Kumar Biswas, tours of the Middle East and America with Wissam Boustany, of Scandinavia with Gerard LeFeuvre and several throughout Europe; he has also appeared at most of the music clubs and festivals in Great Britain, appearing regularly on the BBC’s radio network, at the Wigmore Hall, and at the South Bank Centre, where he has given more than fifty recitals.
Nigel continues to perform as a soloist and has played over one hundred solo recitals on board British luxury cruise liners; he has performed concertos by Beethoven, Grieg, Schumann, Shostakovich, Ravel, Rachmaninov, Liszt and Mozart (directed from the keyboard), and was a soloist in Poulenc’s two piano concerto in the Royal Albert Hall whilst a junior student at the Royal College of Music. He has performed many times in Japan including two concerto performances in Tokyo and a solo recital tour and since 2013 has made regular recital and lecture tours of Indonesia, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Apart from longstanding partnerships with Gina McCormack, Elizabeth Anderson, Michael Cox, Lorraine McAslan and Joan Enric Lluna, Nigel has appeared with Madeleine Mitchell, Michael Collins, Sylvia Marcovici, Ofra Harnoy, Lionel Handy, Luis Claret, Paul Marleyn, Tasmin Little and Bryan Rayner Cook, the Chilingirian, Navarra, Sorrel, Bridge, Maggini and Bingham Quartets and with instrumentalists from Japan, Korea, Canada, Spain, America, Poland and Iceland. His twenty-year partnership with violinist Beth Spendlove has resulted in more than one hundred recitals particularly in Essex and Suffolk where they also frequently perform as founder members of the Kingfisher Ensemble.
He was engaged for twenty-one years as Official Accompanist for the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition in Switzerland and more recently several summer schools there; he is also a regular coach at Benslow Music Trust Courses in Hertfordshire. He has been principal teacher of piano at the North East of Scotland Music School, Aberdeen, for more than twenty years and is a professor on the Keyboard Faculty and Art of Teaching lecturer at the Royal College of Music, London.
For his services in the musical world Nigel was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Music in 2017.