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Japanese Violinists’ Birthdays in December

Japanese Violinists’ Birthdays in December

  • 1st December 2015

Violinists’ birthdays in December include Horigome Yuzuko 堀米ゆず子 (b. 1957) on 4/XII, Andô Kô 安藤幸 (幸田née Kôda 幸田, 1878-1963) on 6/XII and Maehashi Teiko 前橋汀子 (b. 1943) on 11/XII. Horigome Yuzuko was the first Japanese to win the first prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition (in 1980) Andô Kô, together with her elder sister…

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“Birthday Violinists” in November

“Birthday Violinists” in November

  • 14th November 2015

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…

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Suzuki and Sistema

Suzuki and Sistema

  • 12th October 2015

This month (on 17 October) is Suzuki Shin’ichi’s birthday. Only a year ago, the Suzuki Method was described in the New York Times as “Japan’s Best Overlooked Cultural Export.” Likewise, it still does not seem to be widely known that the Suzuki Method played a role in the development of…

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Presentation in September

Presentation in September

  • 8th August 2015

The violin as an instrument of civilization and progress: one of the first newspaper advertisements, Tokyo Daily Newspaper, 22 April 1888 On 18 September 2015 I will be giving a lecture on the subject of Not by Love Alone at the German-Japanese Society in Bonn (in German). For details see…

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Tôkyô Shônen Ongakutai  東京少年音楽隊

Tôkyô Shônen Ongakutai  東京少年音楽隊

  • 7th May 2015

Established in 1895 by Shikama Totsuji 四竈訥治(訥堂、1853 – 1928), this youth band was one of the first of its kind. A few years later several department stores founded youth bands. They performed publicly and were important for making Western music more widely heard. The following year Shikama Totsuji moved back…

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