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International Youth in Concert in TOKYO

Tokyo, Japan
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Joint performance “uewo muite aruko-Sukiyaki Song-”
©Keita Yamamoto

Towards a future for talented young musicians!

Young musicians from past, present and future European Capitals of Culture and representing the next generation of Japanese music gathered for a concert.
The event was jointly organized by the EU-Japan Fest Japan Committee and the embassies to Japan of Hungary (European Capital of Culture Pécs 2010), Finland (European Capital of Culture Turku 2011), Estonia (European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011) and Slovenia (European Capital of Culture Maribor 2012).
In our 2010 operating year the event Young Musicians on the Move: International Youth in Concert in Tokyo scheduled for 22 March 2011 had to be canceled in the wake of the Great Tohoku Earthquake. With the cooperation of the executive committees of the 2011 European Capitals of Culture, the Committee has since worked towards its realization with the dual objectives of "a program for the future of youth" and "activities in moral support of disaster victims". Along the way, people involved in disaster zones helped hold International Youth in Concert in Fukushima.We believe that if music appeals to people's souls, it has infinite power: the power to soothe the spirit, the power to invigorate the spirit, the power to join human hearts.
It is this belief that brought together performers and audience in an event that it was greatly meaningful to happen at all, and we are deeply grateful to everyone involved.

  • Date: 1 Mar. 2012
  • Venue: Kioi Hall (Tokyo)
  • Artists: Miyuji Kaneko(piano), Miyagi Sanjo OG Choir, Turku Music Academy Cello Ensemble,
    Nika Gorič(soprano) and Maki Yamamoto (piano)
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  • Related program: International Youth in Concert in Fukushima
 

Artists profile

Miyuji KANEKO/ Piano
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In 1989, Miyuji Kaneko was born to a Japanese father and a Hungarian mother. At the age of 6, he moved to Hungary alone to study piano under Zsuzsa Cs. Nagy, the Hungary's leading piano pedagogue, staying at his grand parents' home to attend the Bartok Elementary School of Music. In 2001 at the age of eleven, Miyuji got accepted to the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest skipping grades, where he studied under Professors Gabor Eckhardt, Gyongyi Kevehazi and Rita Wagner. He is presently a student at the Tokyo College of Music in the 4th grade of the Piano Performance Course for Talented Students. In 2008, he won the 1st Great Prize at Bartok International Piano Competition, Hungary. He has performed with Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, and Century Orchestra Osaka (presently Japan Century Symphony Orchestra) conducted by Ken-ichiro Kobayashi. Miyuji is a 22-year-old up-and-coming pianist.

 
Miyagi Sanjo OG Choir
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Conductor: Kanezo Kori  Piano: Kumiko Oikawa
Leader: Yoko Sato  Advisor: Keiko Yarimizu

Sanjyo OG Choir was founded in December 2001 by the old girls of Miyagi Prefecture third Girls' High School who were former members of the school choir. They have received the gold prize four times in a private chorus section at the Japan Chorus Association National Choral Competition since 2003. In 2005, they won the first prize in the female chorus section at the International Music Festival in Catonigros, Spain, and in 2008 they also awarded the best prize in the whole categories at the 56th European Music Festival for Young People in Belgium. These members have toured Finland, Russia, Romania and Korea to interact with local choirs since they were high school students. Last year, they performed in the 8th International Youth in Concert in Turku and Tallinn 2011.

 
Nika Gorič/ Soprano
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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
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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
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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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