Wednesday, March 12, 2014

In memory of March 11th

3 years have passed after the North East Japan earthquake...

I was in Berlin at the time of the disaster in 2011, but I happened to be in Japan on March 11th these last three years. Every time I watched the memorial ceremony on TV and prayed silently at 14:46, the time when the earthquake occurred.

After the experiences of visiting the disaster-stricken areas in Tohoku several times in past years (Ishinomaki & Tagajo), I wanted to dedicate something personal to the victims with music. So I decided to compose the cadenzas for the Mozart Piano Concerto in D minor kv.466 prior to the performance last January. 
I tried to express the violence of natural disaster, the fear and the sadness, the prayer for the victims & the peace, the strength of human mind, the eternal awe for the nature and so on. 

And here are the video clips of the performance (including the encore). 
I hope you will have emotions listening to them.  

live in Neuilly sur Seine (France) on January 23rd.
with Orchestre de Chambre Nouvelle Europe & Nicolas Krauze

(1st mov.)

(2nd mov.)

(3rd mov.)

(kv.488 2nd mov. as an encore)