Sep 14, 2007

Guitar duo carry exotic sounds around Japan

Kiyoshi Shomura and María Esther Guzman, renowned guitarists from Japan and Spain respectively, perform their guitar duo recital across Japan from Sept. 15-30. They promise to entertain with an exotic blend of European Mediterranean repertoire from various periods. Having recently celebrated the 30th anniversary ...

Plucking the final string

Aug 31, 2007

Plucking the final string

The Vermeer Quartet, the internationally renowned string ensemble formed in Marlboro, Vermont, will play their final tour of Japan Sept. 24 to Oct. 7, before retirement at the end of the year. They have played in Japan four times since 1996, and this time ...

Sensitive spin on an all-time classic

Aug 3, 2007

Sensitive spin on an all-time classic

Britain’s world-famous Imperial Ice Stars arrive in Japan for the first time to perform “Swan Lake on Ice” in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture and Tokyo this summer. Despite the company’s origins, the Imperial Ice Stars are made up mainly of Russians — a country ...

Kids leave stuffiness outside the door

Jul 20, 2007

Kids leave stuffiness outside the door

The Czech Philharmonic Children’s Choir visit Iizuka City, Fukuoka, and Tokyo for two concerts this month and next of traditional and folk songs from around the world. Since it was established in 1932, the choir has become one of the Czech Republic’s top ensembles, ...

Japan's favorite violinist

Jul 6, 2007

Japan's favorite violinist

Kyoko Takezawa, one of today’s foremost violinists, celebrates 20 years since making her concert debut with a series of recitals featuring an all-romantic, modern program. Titled “A Trip Around the World on the Violin,” the tour takes in Nagano, Osaka and Tokyo from July ...

Slow train is a coming

Jun 29, 2007

Slow train is a coming

Not many sane people jump out of bed at 2 a.m. on a Saturday morning and speed to the coast to see the sunrise. Unless, that is, you’re making your way to Cape Inubosaki, Chiba Prefecture, the Kanto region’s furthermost eastern point. The earliest ...

David Helfgott: Genius reborn

Jun 29, 2007

David Helfgott: Genius reborn

Critical praise — not public adulation — has eluded piano virtuoso David Helfgott since his life inspired the hit movie ‘Shine.’ But that’s fine by him “I am indeed blessed,” says the man whose troubled life would suggest anything but. Australian virtuoso pianist David ...

A star in the ascendant returns

Jun 15, 2007

A star in the ascendant returns

Since his first Tokyo performance in 1997 aged 13, Nikolai Tokarev has cemented his reputation as one of the most popular young international pianists in Japan by performing more than 100 concerts here. Moscow-born Tokarev will add to that impressive tally when his forthcoming ...

Losing his head on Rachmaninov

Jun 15, 2007

Losing his head on Rachmaninov

Russian piano virtuoso Boris Berezovsky is on the phone and he’s very excited, though not as excited as he should be when he plays the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo this summer. There, Berezovsky will be performing Rachmaninov’s Concerto No. 3 in D minor ...

In step with nature, if not with celebrity

Jun 14, 2007

In step with nature, if not with celebrity

Renowned butoh dancer, award-winning actor, choreographer and agriculturist Min Tanaka has tried hard to escape international stardom. Tanaka, now aged 62, has spent the past two decades in the depths of the Yamanashi countryside, questioning the very thing that made him famous: “I don’t ...