Consisting of three outstanding musicians, Trio Opal started their partnership in 2017. They have given concerts at St. Mary Perivale, Royal Academy of Music, Leatherhead Methodist Church as well as St Marylebone Parish Church. They regularly have coaching as an ensemble with their individual professors, violinist György Pauk, cellist Christopher Richter and the Academy’s Head of Piano Accompaniment, Michael Dussek.
Yi-Shing Cheng obtained her Bachelor’s degree in piano from the National Taiwan Normal University, where she studied with Professor Li-Chin Lai. As a collaborative pianist based in the United Kingdom since 2014, she obtained her Master’s degree from the Royal Academy of Music and is currently studying her Professional diploma under the tutelage of Michael Dussek, with the support of the Sara Krein Scholarship and the Alice Payne Scholarship.
As the winner of the Wilfrid Parry Prize Brahms duo competition in November 2016 and the first prize of Rex Stephans Schumann Lieder Accompanist Prize in February 2017, Yi-Shing is a highly active chamber musician and accompanist, performing with several outstanding instrumentalists, singers and her piano trio. She has received solo lessons from Boris Berman, Jacques Rouvier, Yu-Jane Yang; and chamber lessons from Maxim Vengerov, György Pauk, Imogen Cooper, Ian Brown, Maurice Hasson, Daniel Müller-Schott, Daniel Hope, Bengt Forsberg and Silvia Rosenberg. Recent performance highlights include a concert of Bach sonatas for violin and piano at the Royal Academy of Music, a live performance on BBC Radio 3 and a song concert at Wigmore Hall.
Yi-Shing is also a keen composer. In October 2009 she was commissioned by the Thunder Tune Music Company to compose a ten-minute piece for the Academy of Taiwan Strings, based on the Taiwanese folksong “Tao Hua Guo Du”. The piece was premiered at the National Concert Hall in Taiwan. She has also composed a production for the album “Troubadour”, which was published in December 2012 in Taiwan.
Born in 1993 in Tokyo, Eriko Nagayama is a Japanese violinist currently in her second year studying as a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of György Pauk. She started playing the violin at the age of four, and for many years studied violin and chamber music at the Toho Gakuen School of Music under Koichiro Harada.
Eriko has won several awards including first prize and also the Jean Schmidt prize for outstanding musicianship at the Yokohama International Music Competition in 2015, chaired by Gérard Poulet, and also Wilfrid Parry Brahms Prize 2016 with pianist Yi-Shing Cheng at the Royal Academy of Music.
As a chamber musician she has performed at various venues including Suntory Hall, Cité Internationale des Arts, and Wigmore Hall. She has been awarded full scholarships from the Suntory Hall Chamber Music Academy for two years. Additionally, she had several opportunities to play as Leader or Principal Violin/Viola at the Toho Gakuen Orchestra and Encuentro Musica de Santander.
Eriko is generously supported by the Yellow Angel Foundation in Japan.
She has been granted a fellowship to study in London for the 2017/18 academic year by the Programme of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists sponsored by the Japanese government, which sends young artists of proven talent abroad.
She plays a violin by Januarius Gagliano, c.1780, kindly on loan from the Royal Academy of Music, London.
South Korean cellist Yong-Jun Lee is acknowledged as a young cellist of distinction, equally at home in solo, chamber and orchestra.
As a soloist Yong-Jun has performed most notably at Cadogan Hall and Dora Stoutzker Hall at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He has also given solo recitals at Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Mary’s Perivale.
He is equally a committed chamber musician and has won the Isaacs & Pirani Piano trio prize at Royal Academy of Music and Purcell School chamber music competitions, leading to performances at the Wigmore Hall. He has also appeared at St James’ Piccadilly, St Martin-in-the-Fields, LSO St Luke’s, and Castello Di Potentino in Italy.
In the field of Orchestra, he has led as principal cello in Purcell School Symphony Orchestra and Young Musicians Symphony Orchetra and has performed under the baton of Paul Daniel, Quentin Poole, Stephan Bell, James Blair, Alexandra Walker, Jaques Cohen, Colin Metters and Karina Canellakis.
Yong-Jun has collaborated with such artists as Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Ofer Folk, Elizabeth Altman, Virginia Black, Jinjoo Cho and Dominic Grier and has performed in masterclasses with Mario Brunello, Colin Carr, Steven Doane, Stephan Forck, Alexander Baillie, Louise Hopkins, Guy Johnston, Sung-Won Yang, Konstantin Heidrich and Hannah Roberts.
He records regularly with the country-folk band ‘Ferris & Sylvester’ and has recorded in several others, including an arrangement of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ in collaboration with Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Anthony Gilbert’s ‘Ygg-drasil’ for the album ‘Travelling with Time’.
Yong-Jun Lee began his musical studies at age 5 with piano, and then took up the cello at age 7 at the Seoul Arts Centre. After switching his first study to cello, Yong-Jun was later awarded a place at The Purcell School of Music, where he studied cello with Pal Banda and piano with Marisa Cornford, Clare Sutherland and Caterina Grewe. Yong-Jun was awarded a full scholarship to undertake his undergraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music where since 2016 he studies cello under Mats Lidström and piano with Florian Mitrea.