New "Davidsbuendler" The 2nd Concert

December 17 (Sat.), 2011


This is the second concert by the newest resident ensemble of Art Tower Mito (ATM), the New "Davidsbuendler," which was just formed in 2010. Its linchpin of its membership is Sayaka Shoji, a young violinist currently active on the world stage, who brought together some of her closest musician colleagues to form the group. As many as four days will be spent by the group in rehearsals - practically unheard of for a concert of this type - to render a polished performance of the highest quality. Selected and supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs as one of 2011's "Creativity Transmission Activities by Distinguished Theaters and Concert Halls."


[All seats reserved]A¥5,000 B¥4,000
start 4:00 p.m. / open 3:30 p.m.


Sayaka Shoji, Violin

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 Mariss Jansons, Zubin Mehta, Charles Dutoit, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Myung-whung Chung. She played with such famous orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bavarian State Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. Besides a busy recital schedule, she has performed chamber music throughout Europe with such eminent musicians as Vadim Repin, Mikhail Pletnev, and Steven Isserlis.

So far, Shoji has released six albums on the Deutsche Grammophon label. In spring 2011, she also released a two-disc album of violin solo works by J. S. Bach and Max Reger from the Mirare label.

Her many prizes include the Tokyo Citizens Cultural Medal of Honor in 1999 and the Idemitsu Music Award in 2000. Her performances of the Ligeti Violin Concerto with the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra and the NHK Symphony Orchestra in 2009 won rave reviews, garnering her the 60th Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Art Encouragement Prize for New Artists. Shoji plays on a 1729 Stradivarius, the "Recamier," on loan from Honorary Chairman Ryuzo Ueno of Ueno Fine Chemicals Industry, Ltd.

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