SAITAMA HALL

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Saitama Hall Lunchtime Concert Vol.53
Piano duo SAKAMOTO (Aya Sakamoto, Risa Sakamoto Piano duo)

TICKET INFO

ON SALE TO GENERAL PUBLIC

Oct .16.2022(Sun)

SAITAMA ARTS FOUNDATION MEMBERS PRESALE

Oct.15.2022(Sat)

A popular concert where you can casually enjoy a first class music for 50 minutes at noon.
For the 55th concert, we welcome the sisters Aya and Risa Sakamoto, who have been in the spotlight since they became the first Japanese duo to win the third prize and the audience prize in the piano duo category at the ARD Munich International Music Competition in 2021.
The two musicians, who are currently both studying in Rostock, Germany, will return to Japan temporarily to perform an outstanding program of intimate four-handed duets together with gorgeous and dynamic two-pianos, while expanding their activities through recitals and performances with orchestras in Japan.
Please come and enjoy the duo’s unique ensemble, which they “started playing together when they were 6 and 4 years old,” is a perfect match for the rich world of the piano duo.

SHOW INFO

Date

Feb. 3, 2023 (Fri) Start 12:10 pm (Ends 1:00pm)

Venue

Saitama Hall / Large Hall

Artists

Aya Sakamoto, Risa Sakamoto (Piano)

Program

Akira Miyoshi: “Four Seasons of Songs” “In Preparation” (2 Pianos)

Faure: Suite “Dolly”, Op. 56 (Four-handed)

Schubert: Storms of Life D 947 (Four-handed)

Lutoslawski: Variations on a Theme by Paganini (2 Pianos)

Ravel: La Valse (2 Pianos)

 

Presented by

Saitama Arts Foundation

Artist Profile

Piano duo SAKAMOTO (Aya Sakamoto, Risa Sakamoto Piano duo)

They were the first Japanese duo to win the third prize in the piano duo division of the 70th ARD Munich International Music Competition, and also won the Audience Prize. They have won many top prizes in national and international competitions, including first prize at the 7th International Piano Duo Competition (Poland) and first prize at the 21st Schubert International Piano Duo Competition (Czech Republic).

In March 2022, the two gave the world premiere of the orchestral version of Joe Hisaishi’s “Variation 57 – Concerto for two pianos” at the subscription concert of the Century Orchestra of Japan, conducted by the composer himself. They have performed with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Japan Philharmonic, the Century Orchestra of Japan, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, as well as in recitals and concerts in major concert halls, and is actively engaged in performance activities in Japan and Germany. He has appeared on NHK’s “Classic Club,” “Best of Classics,” “Igo Focus,” and many other media.

Aya graduated from the Toho Gakuen School of Music and received her Master’s degree in piano from the Tokyo University of the Arts. Upon completion of her studies, she was awarded the Acanthus Prize of the Graduate School and the Clavier Prize of the University of the Arts.
Lisa graduated from the Music High School attached to the Faculty of Music of Tokyo University of the Arts and Tokyo University of the Arts, where she also studied for a master’s degree in piano at the graduate school of the same university. Received the Doseikai Award for her undergraduate degree.
In 2019, both sisters traveled to Germany to complete their Master’s degree in Piano Duo at the Rostock State University of Music and Theater in Germany with top honors. Currently enrolled in the National Performer Certificate Program at the same university. From 2020, became a scholarship student of the Familie-Rahe Foundation in Germany. Received the 2022 Bruno Frei Music Award. Studied piano duo with Shinichiro Kato, Kei Itoh, Hans-Peter Stenzl & Volker Stenzl.

 

TICKET INFO

PRICES

【General・Members】All seats reserved 1,000 yen

ON SALE

【Public】Oct. 16, 2022(Sun)

【SAFMembers】Oct. 15, 2022(Sat)

 

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