Pianist Yazawa looks to the past to find security in the future

Feb 14, 2013

Pianist Yazawa looks to the past to find security in the future

Pianist Tomoko Yazawa always thinks about her music with the future in mind. However, for her latest album, “Playing in the Dark,” she made a rare diversion into the past — specifically, France at the end of the 19th century. Although Yazawa was classically ...

Jan 17, 2013

'Driftwood' duet to be the first of its kind

The first duets on two “driftwood” violins are being performed in Japan by leading Mexican violinist Adrian Justus and his teacher, Yuriko Kuronuma, a Mexico-based Japanese violinist. When the two artists visited master luthier Muneyuki Nakazawa’s workshop in Tokyo in December 2011 to have ...

Eight seasons from Slovakia

Jan 4, 2013

Eight seasons from Slovakia

Opening 2013 on a cultured note, the Slovak Chamber Orchestra (SCO) tours Japan from Jan. 5 through Jan. 18. Founded by violinist and then Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra concertmaster Bohdan Warchal (1930-2000) in 1960, SCO has developed into one of the most popular groups in ...

Exploring, rediscovering fine arts

| Oct 12, 2012

Exploring, rediscovering fine arts

While much has changed since Japan last hosted the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group in 1964 — a year that symbolized the nation’s achievement of reconstruction after World War II through the hosting of the meeting and the ...

Drummers hope to support earthquake victims

Mar 9, 2012

Drummers hope to support earthquake victims

Many artists that watched the destruction of the Great East Japan Earthquake a year ago have said in media interviews that they’ve struggled with how to interpret the disaster. The taiko (drum) troupe at the International Christian University is no different. The students titled ...

Quake-stricken orchestra plays on in style

Dec 8, 2011

Quake-stricken orchestra plays on in style

The Tokyo Symphony Orchestra faced a setback this year after Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall was severely damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, effectively leaving the musicians homeless. When Muza’s ceiling caved in, most of the acoustics-enhancing materials, lighting and air ...

Dvorak opera to make debut

Nov 18, 2011

Dvorak opera to make debut

Czech composer Antonin Dvorak’s (1841-1904) symphonies, such as Symphony No. 9 “From the New World,” are well known to Japanese audiences. However, his operatic works have not been performed that often in Japan. This month, the opera “Rusalka” will be staged at the New ...

Ludovit Kanta's 20th year in Japan Memorial Concert

Jun 23, 2011

Ludovit Kanta's 20th year in Japan Memorial Concert

Slovakian cellist Ludovit Kanta plans to celebrate his 20th anniversary in Japan with a special concert in his adopted hometown of Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture. Born in Bratislava, 53-year-old Kanta studied cello at Bratislava Conservatory and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Then, after ...