MIYABI DUO 雅
Drawing on a large variety of musical influences, the Miyabi Duo is a versatile ensemble comprising Saki Kato (Japan) and Hugh Millington (UK). They perform a large variety of music for two guitars, ranging from transcriptions of 16th-century Lute duos to world premiere commissions from renowned British composers. Within this huge timeframe they also focus on 19th-century music on period instruments, for which they use a variety of original 19th-century guitars, including duos for a regular guitar and terz guitar, which is a smaller and higher pitched version of the instrument.
They are hugely passionate about performing and promoting new music, and one of their most important undertakings is to work with as many living composers as possible, in order to promote both the guitar and the works of living composers. This involves both resurrecting forgotten works as well as commissioning new works, and this has seen them collaborate with many of the most important living British composers. Most recently, they have been working with composers Geoffrey Poole and Edward Cowie, the latter having just completed a brand new piece for the duo (premiere pending).
In 2018 the duo made their debut performance at the London Guitar Festival at Kings Place, and subsequently performed the Wigmore Hall in London as part of the ‘For Crying Out Loud’ Concert Series. Having both studied at the Royal Academy of Music, they have had the opportunity to play to some of the greatest teachers including David Russell and Fabio Zanon, and most notably in a masterclass with the Odair Assad.