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Midlands Piano:

Midlands Piano: Spotlighting Birmingham Composers

Sunday 29 November, 1pm
Online Event


Cobalt Piano Duo (Fumiko Miyachi & Kate Halsall):
Fumiko Miyachi Up & Down
Michael Wolters Gisela

Ikuko Inoguchi:
John Cage Haiku & Seven Haiku
Jonathan Harvey Haiku
Joe Cutler Local Music for piano and harmonica
Toshio Hosokawa Etude III

We will be highlighting the vibrant Midlands new music scene through this marathon, and this concert features Birmingham-based composers’ innovative approaches to the piano.

First, the Cobalt Piano Duo perform new works by duo member Fumiko Miyachi and her fellow composition tutor at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Deputy Head of Composition Michael Wolters, from the Duo’s April 2020 CD, Up, Down, Top, Bottom, Strange, Charm.

Then, internationally acclaimed Japanese pianist Ikuko Inoguchi performs a set around musical haikus featuring a new work for piano and harmonica by Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s Head of Composition Joe Cutler.


To see full line up, please visit the main festival page  Blue arrow linking to festival main page

About the artists (click to expand)

Cobalt Duo pictures in black and white

Cobalt are pianists Kate Halsall and Fumiko Miyachi. Since their debut performance at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in 2014 they have championed new music by a diverse selection of composers from across the UK, including many pieces by Miyachi herself. They have recorded several albums, their latest release ‘Up, Down, Top, Bottom, Strange, Charm’ is available on Birmingham Record Label.

 Ikuko Inoguchi seated in front of piano

Acclaimed for her “subtle sonority and fascinating colourful tones” (Der Kessener), the Japanese pianist Ikuko Inoguchi – dual career as an international performer and musicologist. After studying with Vitaly Margulis at UCLA, she completed her Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Colorado, Boulder where she was a recipient of numerous scholarships and the MTNA STAR Award and worked as a collaborative pianist and Lecturer of Piano. Following a Visiting Scholar Fellowship at the Institute of Musical Research in London during 2010/2011, she was recently awarded a PhD from City, University of London.



Birmingham-based composers Fumiko Miyachi and Michael Wolters join University of Nottingham composition lecturer Elizabeth Kelly and postgraduate student Jamie Elless to discuss their compositions featured on the NottNOISE Marathon and the Birmingham new music scene under lockdown.

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