KEMP ENGLISH & YUKA EGUCHI
ABOUT KEMP ENGLISH & YUKA EGUCHI
Yuka Eguchi is one of Japan’s foremost concertmasters, having led both the Japan
Philharmonic Orchestra (2007-2011) and Tokyo Mozart Players (2006-2011) and
continuing to be a guest concertmaster throughout the country. She also maintains a
busy career as a solo and chamber musician. She has been Assistant Concertmaster of
the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra since 2015. Yuka began learning the violin at the
age of three and by the time she was eight was touring the world with the renowned
violin teacher Dr Susuki and a select group of his most talented students. In only her
second year at high school she won the 55 th Japan Music Competition. After taking up a
scholarship from Indiana University to study with the legendary Josef Gingold (Joshua
Bell’s teacher), Yuka went on to win major prizes in the Washington International
Competition and prestigeous Paganini Competition in Genova.
Dr Kemp English is one of New Zealand’s leading concert performers. Much in demand
as a solo organist, specialist fortepiano exponent and collaborative pianist, he relishes
the opportunity to work in a diverse array of styles and periods. He tours the world
regularly as a solo and duo performer and has produced 23 critically acclaimed CDs on
the Decca, Naxos and Ode record labels. His recordings are often heard on Radio New
Zealand, the ABC, BBC Radio, Classic FM UK and USA radio networks with several discs
being nominated for the NZ Music Awards ‘Classical Album of the Year’. Kemp studied at
the Royal Academy of Music in London and at the universities of York and Adelaide.
Prior to becoming free-lance in 2005, he was an Executant Lecturer in Music at the
University of Otago.
“The performers had a great rapport, making a harmonious partnership, and Yuka’s
liveliness had the audience in fits of laughter, as she played her violin while dancing
through the hall, amongst them. In summary, it was one of the best concerts ever offered by
Cromwell Community Arts, and perhaps to the most appreciative audience.”
“Stunning performance! Kemp English’s passion for performance created an instant
connection with the audience. The showmanship of this classically trained musician was
captivating…English has a magical way of combining quirky commentaries with humorous
anecdotes about composers …. Definitely one of the best concerts I have ever been to.”
"Dr English radiated an enthusiasm which lifted everyone present and gave them a feeling
of connection with both the music and the player."
“I don't think I have ever been to a concert before where the performer has had the whole
audience in convulsions of laughter between items of outstanding technical and musical
“There was not a weak moment in the concert: every piece was played with impressive
assurance and flair."
“This was a powerful concert which demonstrated the vast capacity of Dr English’s digital
instrument (as well as the skill of the man who played it). It was an event which will long
be remembered by those who were there.”