VIDEO PODCAST: Slava Ukraini! - recorded on 24 February 2022, the day Europe woke up to the news that Vladimir Putin's Russian forces had invaded Ukraine. A fifty minute video which also features Caitríona O'Leary and Eric Fraad discussing their new film Island of Saints, and pays tribute to Joseph Horovitz, Malcolm Troup and Maria Nockin.
Japanese pianist Kumiko Ida was born on 12 July 1969 and studied at the UK's Royal Academy of Music - piano with Hamish Milne, Joseph Seiger and Alexander Kelly, and chamber music with Michael Dussek - winning many prizes. Later she studied with Peter Katin.
She produced several CDs on the Tokyo-based Mittenwald label - music by Japanese composers Koscak Yamada and Kazuo Yamada, plus Lotusland, a 20th century British piano album including music by Lennox Berkeley, Benjamin Britten, Arnold Bax and Frank Bridge. A recital to promote Lotusland at the Yamaha store in Ginza, Tokyo, was a great success, and was followed by a piano duo recital at Ginza's Oji Hall.
Kumiko Ida embarked on an internet recording project featuring early 20th century British piano music, and completed two of the first three composers before her sad and untimely death from meningitis, aged 38, on 18 October 2007.