Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year Greetings!

Happy new year, everyone!

My appologize for not updating my blog for a while. I had wonderful experiences and emotions last several months. The tour in Japan went very well, and I had a great honor to appear on the famous TV show "Tetsuko no heya" on September 18th, which started in 1976 and was certificated by the Guinness World Records in 2010 for the most broadcast record program by the same moderator, Ms.Tetsuko Kuroyanagi.
 

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And the next day, September 19th, my Debussy album released from the Nippon Columbnia (DENON) in Japan. Fortunately I had high praises in the Japanese magazines, including the Editor's choice in the Record Geijutsu, and I'm hoping that the album will release outside of Japan soon.
You can hear the extracts here.


In the middle of the tour in Japan, I went to Geneva to give a solo recital. It was my debut in Geneva, and I was overjoyed to play in the prestigious Victoria Hall. 

Photo: Philippe Schiller

In November I played "Quotation of Dream - Say sea,Take me!" by Toru Takemitsu in Turku, Finland. It is a fantastic piece for two pianos and orchestra which has fragmental quotations of Debussy's "La Mer", and I had a great pleasure to play it with Maestro Yukihiro Notsu, Ms.Kozue Jinnouchi and the musicians of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra!
Actually we had a little problem in terms of piano setting, so they put the pianos behind the conductor (see the photo). It was my first experience to play "within" the orchestra, and it was so great feeling!! (like floating on shimmering water ;))


Photo: Kotaro Fukuma

After that I was in Tokyo, Helsinki, Geneva, Leipzig, Berlin, etc.in December. I celebrated the new year in Leipzig with some friends after having Japanese traditional "Toshikoshi Soba".

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all people who supported and inspired me in the year 2012. The theme of my recital program was "Shimmering Water", which I will continue occasionally this year and coming years, because it is a very important theme for me. But I'm preparing a new theme solo program as well as other exciting projects coming up this year. I hope to share the beautiful moments with as many people as possible!

Cordially, 
Kotaro

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