Chikara Imamura Performing Polish Music in Tokyo
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Two Japanese musicians – a conductor frequently visiting Poland and a master pianist who is now a resident expert at the Polish Institute in Tokyo – will present a concert dedicated to Polish music in Tokyo.
A concert entitled Fascinating Polish Music will take place on 18th December 2016 in Risuru Hall (address: 3-3-20 Nishikicho, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo). The programme includes compositions by Feliks Nowowiejski (Swaty Polskie Ouverture), Witold Lutosławski (a selection of Polish carols and Variations on a Theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra) and Karol Szymanowski (Stabat Mater).
The Tama Orchestra will be conducted by Chikara Imamura. Since he won the Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors in Katowice in 1983, he frequently returns to Poland. During the 2002 and 2003 season, he was guest conductor in The Teatr Wielki Polish National Opera (the core of his repertoire was Madame Butterfly, a Warsaw Opera hit at this time), in 2009 he conducted the opera Samson and Delilah at the Wrocław Opera. He regularly performs abroad, for example with the Berliner Philharmoniker from Germany and the Wiener Philharmoniker from Austria. Currently he is a teacher at Kunitachi Music Academy, artistic director of the Tama Philharmonic Choir and from 2013 the head of the Japanese Witold Lutosławski Society.
Miho Kurihara is a graduate of the Tokyo Kunitachi Music Academy and the Feliks Nowowiejski Music Academy in Bydgoszcz, where she also completed a two-year internship with Professor Tatiana Shebanova. She increased her knowledge about Polish music under Professor Zofia Hetman from the Musicology Institute at the University of Warsaw. She is a laureate of international music festivals and competitions. She was awarded the Special Award at the First International Piano Competiton in Nagano (2002), Third Prize at the International Music Forum in Vienna (2007) and First Prize at the International Music Competition Musica Classica in Moscow (2012). Currently she works as a Polish culture expert in the Tokyo Polish Institute.
- Chikara Imamura (artistic director and conductor)
- Tama Philharmonic Orchestra
- Tama Philharmonic Choir and Higashiyamato Children’s Choir
- Miho Kurihara (piano)
- Megumi Tsuyatama (soprano)
- Maki Ishii (alto)
- Ota Naoki (baritone)
Organisers: Tama Philharmonic Society & the Polish Institute in Tokyo.
Source: press materials. Originally written in Polish, translated by BR, proofed by AZ, Dec 2016