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International Youth in Concert in Fukushima

Fukushima, Japan
Concert in Fukushima

Concert in a facilities for the handicapped "Hamanasu-so"(Iwaki city, Fukushima pref.)

From Europe to Fukushima . . . Music full of youthful energy resounds in disaster zones!

A cello ensemble from European Capital of Culture Turku 2011 and sopranos from European Capital of Culture Maribor 2012 made visits to Japan and performed in Fukushima prefecture at primary schools in Shirakawa and Yabuki, and a facility for the handicapped and the community center in Iwaki. Both groups are made up of university students, young musicians of wonderful talent. It was their first visit to Japan, and the experience of musical activities in the disaster zones will surely prove an irreplaceable, valuable treasure into the future. We are confident that music has infinite power: the power to soothe the spirit, the power to invigorate the spirit, the power to join human hearts.

  • Date/Venue
  • 2 Mar. 2012 Concert in Mikami Elementary school (Shirakawa-gun, Fukushima pref.)
  • Concert in Shirakawa 1st Elementary school (Shirakawa city, Fukushima pref.)
  • 3 Mar. 2012 Concert in a facilities for the handicapped "Hamanasu-so"(Iwaki city, Fukushima pref.)
  • Concert in the community center in Hisanohama (Iwaki city, Fukushima pref.)
  • Related program: International Youth in Concert in Tokyo

Artists profile

Nika Gorič/ Soprano

Nika Gorič, soprano singer, was born in 1990 in Maribor, Slovenia. At the age of 5, she commenced with ballet classes at the Ballet and Music School in Maribor and in 2009 graduated in ballet studies. She has been performing at the SNG - Slovene National Theatre Maribor from a very young age. There she participated in several ballet shows and operas accompanied by her mother's children choir. At the Germany Open, Burghausen, she won the first prize and received a gold award in the category of Modern dance. At the regional and national competitions in Slovenia she always reached the highest places. In 2011, she participated in the 8th International Youth in Concert in Tallinn 2011. At the moment she is in her third year of her studies in the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria.

Maki Yamamoto/ Piano

She was graduated from the University of Fine Arts and Music in Aichi prefecture, and studied at the Franz Liszt Music University in Budapest. From 1992 to 2007, she was a collabolative pianist to the university and did many concerts,recordings with various musicians as well.
Also,she was invited to competitions and festivals as an official accompanist like to the ARD Munich competition,International competition in Markneukirchen,etc.
In 2005,she released her solo album "Zongora" supported by Takagi Klavier in Tokyo.
She studied with prof.Laszlo Fulep,Gyorgy Miklos,and Ferenc Rados.

Turku Music Academy Cello Ensemble

Member: Sakari Kivinen, Johanna Jaakkola,
Teemu Mastovaara, Anni Manninen

Teacher: Erkki Lahesmaa

Turku Music Academy Cello Ensemble was founded by the cello students of the Turku Music Academy in Finland because of their love and interest towards the unique and colorful sound of cellos playing together. Most of the time the ensemble plays as a cello quartet but expands sometimes to an octet. The ensemble has been playing in several concerts and festivals and was recently nominated "the young ensemble of the year" by Nauvo chamber music festival in Finland. The repertoire of the ensemble is wide ranging from the classical music to Argentinian tango and metal music.

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