New Davidsbündler 3rd Concert

December 22 (Sat.), 2012


The upcoming concert of the New Davidsbündler will enjoy the participation of all the group’s original members, who will perform after having put in four days of long, intense rehearsals. This increasingly well-polished ensemble offers audiences much to look forward to.

Sayaka Shoji (violin)
Shunsuke Sato (violin)
Kazuhide Isomura (viola)
Danjulo Ishizaka (cello)
Yu Kosuge (piano)

Beethoven: Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op.16
Reger: String Trio in A minor, Op.77b
Dvorak: Piano Quintet in A mojor, Op.81


[All seats reserved]A:¥5,000 B:¥4,000

Start 18:30/Open 18:00

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Photo: Kishin Shinoyama

Sayaka Shoji


The youngest-ever winner of the Paganini International Violin Competition in 1999 (not to mention the first Japanese ever to win that prize), Shoji has gone on to perform under such esteemed conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Charles Dutoit, Mariss Jansons and Lorin Maazel. Recently, she played with such famous orchestras as the German Chamber Philharmonic (conductor: Paavo Jarvi) and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (conductor: Kazushi Ono). Besides a busy recital schedule, she has performed chamber music with such eminent musicians as Vadim Repin, Lang Lang, Steven Isserlis and Gianluca Cascioli. In addition, she has been invited to appear in many international music festivals every year.
So far, Shoji has released six albums from the Deutsche Grammophon label, and two albums from the Mirare label. In autumn 2012, she will also release a new album of violin sonatas by Beethoven.
Shoji plays on a 1729 Stradivarius, the "Recamier," on loan from the Ueno Fine Chemicals Industry, Ltd.

Photo: Sakai Koki

Shunsuke Sato


Having developed a superior technique and rich musicality, Sato initiated his international career in New York and Philadelphia, now residing in Europe. Besides having played with such major Japanese orchestras as the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Sato has performed with various major western orchestras, such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. Currently, he has shifted the base of his activities from Paris to Munich, where he is working hard to refine his period-instrument performance skills.
Sato's recordings include "Eugene Ysaye: Six Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op. 27" "Edvard Grieg: Complete Sonatas for Violin and Piano" (This recording won the Grand Prize awarded by the Japanese Government's Agency for Cultural Affairs in the 62nd National Arts Festival) and "Nicolo Paganini: 24 Caprices, Op.1". His many awards include the 15th Idemitsu Music Award, the 2006 Washington Prize, and the 9th Hotel Okura Music Award in 2007. In July 2010, he won the second prize, as well as the audience prize in the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition.
He currently plays on a 2007 Stephan von Baehr instrument made in Paris.

Kazuhide Isomura


Isomura studied violin at the Toho Academy in Tokyo under Jeanne Isnard and Kenji Kobayashi, also learning chamber music at the same school from Hideo Saito. In 1968, he entered the Juilliard School in New York, where he studied the violin under Ivan Galamian, the viola under Walter Trampler, and chamber music under Robert Mann and Raphael Hillyer. In 1969, he founded the Tokyo String Quartet. In 1970, they won the String Quartet division of the International Music Competition in Munich, which created a name for them internationally. Thereafter, he has continued activities with the Tokyo String Quartet for a full four decades, basing himself in New York but giving concerts throughout the world. Isomura has also been actively involved with guidance and training in chamber music for many years, serving as a professor at the Yale University.
The Tokyo String Quartet has recorded a broad repertoire of chamber works, stretching from those of Haydn to 21st-century pieces. Many of those recordings have won many awards. Besides his recordings with the Tokyo String Quartet, Isomura has also personally released CDs of viola solos and sonatas.
He performs on a 1731 Stradivarius, the "Paganini," lent to him by the Nippon Music Foundation.

Photo: Marco Borggreve

Danjulo Ishizaka


Ishizaka studied under Boris Pergamenschikow. He won the Gaspar Cassado in 1998, the Lutoslawski in 1999, the ARD Munich in 2001, and the Berlin Emanuel Feuermann Competitions in 2002. He made his Japanese debut in 2004 with the NHK Symphony Orchestra. Ishizaka has performed under such renowned conductors as Mstislav Rostropovich, Sir Roger Norrington, Michail Jurowski, and with such important orchestras as the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra. In addition, he has collaborated with such well-known musicians as Gidon Kremer, Lisa Batiashvili, Viviane Hagner, Julia Fischer, Renaud Capucon, and Tabea Zimmermann. In October 2011, he became a professor at the Dresden University of music.
Ishizaka plays on a on a 1696 Stradivarius violoncello, the "Lord Aylesford," on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation, and on a 1997 Wolfgang Schnabel violoncello provided to him by the Kronberg Academy of Germany.

Photo: Marco Borggreve

Yu Kosuge


Having completed studies as a youngster in the music classroom of the Tokyo College of Music, Kosuge moved to Europe in 1993, and has continued to live there ever since. Having further polished and perfected her technique in Europe, she now performs concerts in more than 40 locations yearly, performing with first-rate conductors and orchestras as well as playing with chamber groups. Kosuge has been invited to appear in many international music festivals, including those in Salzburg. Her sophisticated technique and beautiful tone quality combine with a youthful sensibility and deep understanding of the repertoire, garnering much attention in Europe and winning the highest acclaim. Her recording of Chopin's Etudes won a five-star rating by Fono Forum Magazine in 2000. In addition, she received the 13th Nippon Steel Music Award in 2002, the 2004 Washington Award 2004, the 8th Hotel Okura Music Award in 2006, and the 17th Idemitsu Music Award in 2007.
At Art Tower Mito, she previously performed Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1 in the 75th Regular Concert of the Mito Chamber Orchestra (MCO) under the direction of Seiji Ozawa, again winning superlative praise. The recording of her performance at that concert is available on CD as well as on Blue-Ray/DVD.



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