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We are delighted to welcome back Nigel Clayton and Imma Setiadi to perform as part of our evening recital series. 

Nigel Clayton studied with Stephen Savage and Angus Morrison at the Royal College of Music, London, where he won prizes in every category of piano performance and was awarded the College’s yearly prize for his Bachelor of Music degree. Whilst there, a particular interest in chamber music and accompanying developed and was further encouraged by international prizes from competitions in London, New York (Concert Artist Guild) and from the English Speaking Union. Since then his worldwide travel has included four major tours of India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan with Indian cellist Anup Kumar Biswas, tours of the Middle East and America with Wissam Boustany, of Scandinavia with Gerard LeFeuvre and several throughout Europe; he has also appeared at most of the music clubs and festivals in the UK, at the BBC’s radio network, the Wigmore Hall, the South Bank Centre, as well as longstanding partnerships with Gina McCormack, Michael Cox, the Bingham Quartet amongst others.  He has performed many times in Japan and since 2013 has made regular recital and lecture and tours of Indonesia, Hong Kong and Singapore. Nigel is a piano professor and Art of Teaching lecturer at the Royal College of Music. For his services in the musical world Nigel was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Music (FRCM) presented by HRH Prince of Wales in 2017.

Imma Setiadi was born in Surabaya, Indonesia, where she started her early training. She then received her BMus degree from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (Singapore) with Albert Tiu, her MMus (distinction) where she studied with Nigel Clayton at the Royal College of Music London, and her Doctoral degree from the RCM, with Nigel Clayton and Amanda Glauert. She is truly grateful for the support of the RCM Study Award, Indonesian Beasiswa Unggulan, the Seary Charitable Trust, Talent Unlimited Charity, anonymous, and PAL charity. Since coming to the UK, she has performed in many prestigious venues as a soloist and chamber musician such as at the Bridgewater Hall, the Purcell Room, Steinway Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, the National Gallery, Blackheath Halls, Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Her playing was further encouraged through prizes at the BPSE Concerto Competition and RCM Beethoven and Piano Chamber Music Competition. She has been selected as LPO Foyle Future Firsts 2018/2019, young artist for the Park Lane Group, Manchester Mid-Day Concerts Society and Leeds Lieder Festival, and a Junior Fellow in Piano Accompaniment at the RCM and Trinity Laban Conservatoire. She is a Leverhulme/Pro Corda Fellow in Chamber Music, works as a collaborative pianist and teaches aural skills at the RCM, she also teaches piano at Junior Trinity Laban and Whitgift School. In 2021 was also supported by the Royal Philharmonic Society Enterprise Fund, in association with Harriet’s Trust.

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