“Birthday Violinists” in November

“Birthday Violinists” in November
The results of the audience poll for the request part of the “Narimichi Kawabata Fan Club Special Concert” in Tokyo on 29 November 2007. In groups B and C, Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen and Bach’s Chaconne from the Partita in d minor were clear favourites (81 and 100 votes respectively). Paganini’s La Campanella (20 votes) led the field in group A. Kawabata obligingly played several more group A pieces than the ones marked with stars.

The results of the audience poll for the request part of the “Narimichi Kawabata Fan Club Special Concert” in Tokyo on 29 November 2007. In groups B and C, Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen and Bach’s Chaconne from the Partita in d minor were clear favourites (81 and 100 votes respectively). Paganini’s La Campanella (20 votes) led the field in group A. Kawabata obligingly played several more group A pieces than the ones marked with stars.

Several violinists of Japan have birthdays this month, including Etô Toshiya 江藤俊哉 (1927-2008) and Hirose Etsuko 広瀬悦子 (b. 1941) on 9/XI, Kubo Yôko 久保陽子 (b. 1943) on 12/XI, Yasunaga Tôru 安永徹 (b. 1951) on 14/XI, Tokunaga Tsugio 徳永二男 (b. 1946) on 20/XI and Kawabata Narimichi  川畠成道(b. 1971) on 21/XI. Tokunaga shares his birthday with Ignaz Schuppanzigh (1776-1830), whose string quartet introduced Beethoven’s and Schubert’s works to Viennese audiences.

The Japanese violinists named here are treated in Not by Love Alone. Another “birthday violinist” mentioned in Not by Love Alone is Arabella Miho Steinbacher  アラベラ・美歩・スタインバッハー (14/XI/ 1981), in my discussion of the question, who is a “Japanese violinist.” Born in Munich to a Japanese mother and a German father and raised in Germany, she impressed her interviewer with her fluent Japanese during a tour to Japan in 2010.

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