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The Cuenca Symphony Orchestra

Misato Yokoyama (Piano), Guest Soloist in the XXVIII digital delivery of the OSC

The experienced and virtuoso Japanese pianist, Misato Yokoyama is the guest soloist for our XXVIII digital delivery scheduled for this Friday, September 11 at 8 PM in the Digital Concert Hall of the Cuenca Symphony Orchestra on YouTube https://www.youtube .com / user / sinfonicacuenca and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sinfonicacuenca, concert recorded on Friday, April 06, 2018 at the Carlos Cueva Tamariz Theater, held under the auspices of the Embassy of Japan in Ecuador and Toyota as a tribute to 100 years of Japan-Ecuador diplomatic friendship. The repertoire includes the beautiful and demanding Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, op. 15 by Johannes Brahms, and the premiere in Ecuador of Sakura-Sakura, Fantasy for piano by the Japanese composer Kozaburo Y. Hirai.

The Piano Concerto No. 1 - Brahms. Composed between 1854 and 1858. Brahms was the soloist of the premiere, conducted by Joseph Joachim in Hannover, on January 22, 1859. It can be said that the emotionality of the concert is its most interesting feature, because it was the last work of the early stage and passionate about Brahms. His romantic spirit expresses itself so freely from the difficult beginning, with enormous tension. Far from any intention of superficial brilliance, it seems to ask permission to begin its rich timbral game. The second movement is a meditation that bears in the manuscript the words: "Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini" (Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord). It has been said that here is a melancholic memory for the late Schumann, Brahms's friend and mentor. In the Rondó the leading role of the piano increases, suddenly, a Fugato pays homage to the old mastery of counterpoint. This work has traits of a symphony and shows Brahms' effort to combine piano effects with the orchestra, unlike his predecessors, who limited the role of the orchestra to a mere accompaniment of the soloist and requires a very experienced, versatile soloist and sure.

Sakura-Sakura - Kozaburo Y. Hirai. (Japan, 1910 - 2002) The Japanese composer Kozaburo Hirai, introduces in his Western-style compositions a large amount of traditional Japanese music. He is known for his songs and large-format orchestral works. Sakura-Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) is one of the best-known Japanese songs, originally composed in the Edo period (1603-1868) for Koto, a Japanese string instrument. This piano fantasy is based on the Sakura-Sakura melody, and, mixing the romantic piano with Japanese drum effects, evokes the atmosphere of Japanese spring. It is one of the most successful works of the composer and is performed around the world. It was a premiere in Ecuador.

Misato Yokoyama - Pianist Obihiro - Japan. He began playing the piano at the age of four. He studied with Emiko Tadenuma and Kenji Watanabe at the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music.

In 1991 he won first prize at the PTNA Competition in Tokyo and received a full scholarship from the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studied with Maria Curcio. He graduated with the Professional Diploma and the highest distinction for performance, receiving an award for the best graduate pianist of the year.

In 1995, Misato won First Place at the International Piano Competition in Isernia, Italy. Their debut CD, featuring works by Brahms and Schumann, was released in 1997 and was acclaimed in Japan's leading music magazines. He received the "Young Artist of the Year" award from HMV Japan in 1998.

Misato gave her debut concert with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra in 1999. She was invited to play at the classical music festival "Music in the Mountains" in Colorado, USA in 2000 and recorded her second solo CD in 2001.

In 2008, Misato Yokoyama formed The Grand Trio with violinist Takumi Komoriya and cellist Ryouichi Fujimori. They have released various recordings and performed throughout Japan.

With this delivery, there will be 28 digital concerts that the public can enjoy and share from anywhere on the planet at the time and as many times as they wish in the Digital Room of the Cuenca Symphony Orchestra.        

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