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Every year, the Music Penclub Japan awards prizes to Japanese musical production and events (audio and video media produced for sale, concert performances, music-related written works, technological development) in three different categories - "Classical", "Pop" and "Audio". 160 members of the club nominate musicians, organizers, producers and authors.
The second volume of Beethoven's Piano Sonatas is released by RCA Red Seal!
It includes piano sonatas in E flat major op.31 No.3, "Waldstein" C major op.53, op.78 and "Appassionata" op.57.
This CD was recorded in the Sendesaal Bremen and I thank the wonderful recording team Philipp Nedel, Michael Brammann, Gerd Finkenstein and Ryusuke Kozawa!
I play 14 Piano Sonatas by L.v.Beethoven during the Concert Season 2018-19 and 2019-20. In the Beethoven-Project Vol.1 I performed the Piano Sonatas in E flat-major op.7, D-major op.10/Nr.3, c-minor op.13 "Pathétique" and op.27/Nr.2 c sharp-minor. Those I recorded in the Sendesaal Bremen and I am happy to announce that this new CD will be released on April 10th! Thanks a lot to the recording team Philipp Nedel, Michael Brammann, Gerd Finkenstein and Ryusuke Kozawa!
The novel "Mitsubachi to Enrai" ("Honey bees and Distant Thunder") by Riku Onda - which won the Naoki Award and Japan Booksellers Award Grand Prize - was filmed by Kei Ishikawa. I had the great honor to play the music for Aya Eiden (who is the central figure in the novel). The composer Dai Fujikura composed for this movie a piano solo piece "Spring and Asura". "LISTEN TO THE UNIVERSE" (the english title of the movie) will be shown from October 4th in japanese ciemenas.
By filming this novel which is about an international piano competition, I wish that the soul, the passion and the love to music of young musicians will be clearly and better received by the public.
Official website of the movie "LISTEN TO THE UNIVERSE"