Described by Alina Ibragimova as "a wonderfully dedicated group of musicians who bring assuredness and freshness to everything they play", the Kleio Quartet was formed at the Seiji Ozawa International Chamber Academy in 2019. They consist of individually acclaimed musicians Yume Fujise, Katherine Yoon, Jenny Lewisohn and Hsing-Han Tsai.
They have performed in major international venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Victoria Hall, Cadogan Hall, Royal Festival Hall, the DR Koncerthuset and many others.
The Kleio Quartet is particularly grateful to have received support and mentorship from Alina Ibragimova, as well as from John Myerscough thanks to ChamberStudio's Mentorship Scheme. They have also received coachings from world-renowned chamber musicians Sadao Harada, Nobuko Imai, Pamela Frank, Pinchas Zukerman, Michael Gurevich and Pablo Hernán Benedí.
This season they will hold a Residency at Snape Maltings' Britten-Pears Festival in Aldeburgh.
BBC Introducing Classical Artist - Yume Fujise is a Japanese violinist currently living in London. After starting the violin at the age of three, Yume was invited to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Lutsia Ibragimova and at the Kunst Universität Graz with Boris Kuschnir. Yume is currently undertaking her Artist Diploma degree after completing her Bachelor of Music and Masters of Performance at the Royal College of Music, London (RCM) with Mark Messenger and Alina Ibragimova on an ABRSM full scholarship. In 2020, Yume was set to make her BBC Proms Debut alongside Nicola Benedetti playing the Bach Double Concerto with Les Violons du Roy. As well as performing as a soloist, she is an avid chamber musician. She has been a frequent artist at the Seiji Ozawa International Academy in Rolle, Switzerland since 2017. Yume plays on a Jean Baptiste Vuillaume, Paris 1868 which has been generously loaned to her by her sponsor, Masahiro Suzuki.
South Korean violinist Katherine Yoon has performed in concert venues including the Musikverein Vienna, Berlin Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin, Victoria Hall Singapore, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Bozar Brussels and Endler Hall in Stellenbosch. She was awarded First Prize at the Royal College of Music Violin Competition 2019 and at the Haneum Competition. Katherine has had masterclasses with Pinchas Zukerman, Maxim Vengerov, Zakhar Bron, Alina Ibragimova, Mihaela Martin, András Keller and Eszter Haffner. She has also received lessons from members of the Emerson, Doric, Endellion, Marmen and Sacconi Quartets. Katherine previously studied with Akiko Ono at the Yehudi Menuhin School. Since 2017, she has been studying at the Royal College of Music in London with Itzhak Rashkovsky on a full scholarship as a recipient of the Anne and Brian Wadsworth Scholarship and the ISH Award. Since 2020, Katherine is kindly supported by the Drake Calleja Trust. She plays on a 1741 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin, on loan from the RCM.
Throughout the year British/Danish violist Jenny Lewisohn performs with a rich variety of distinguished artists and ensembles which have taken her around the UK, Europe, South America and Asia. As well as frequently joining the London Symphony and Aurora Orchestras in concert and on recordings, she is an experienced chamber musician having given multiple performances at the Wigmore Hall, in the Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room and at Kings Place. She is an Artistic Advisor and Co-Founder of the Marryat Players Chamber Music Festival and Co-Artistic Director of the Jigsaw Players Concert Series which brings classical, jazz and educational projects to South West London. Jenny is a viola tutor on Nicola Benedetti’s ‘Benedetti Sessions’ which take place across the UK and, since May 2020, online as the acclaimed 'Virtual Benedetti Sessions'. www.jennylewisohn.co.uk
Born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Hsing-Han Tsai began the cello at the age of nine. She has worked with prestigious musicians in masterclasses and festivals, including at the Seiji Ozawa Academy in Japan and Switzerland. In 2013, she was admitted to the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris and is currently undertaking her Artist Diploma of Contemporary Music and a Masters Degree in Chamber Music with her piano trio. Hsing-Han has performed in numerous festivals and recitals including the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan, Tanglewood Music Festival, Super Cello Festival in Beijing, the Beauvais Cello Festival, Mai Musical, the Vault of the Celestial Vaults at Monet Marmottan Museum and the Folle Journée Festival in Nantes. In August 2019, Hsing-Han won a permanent position at the Opéra de Paris.
With thanks to Charlie Westhoff for the photographic portraits on this page