AKIKO NAKAJIMA SOPRANO RECITAL

Saturday December 21.2013
17:00 Start



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AKIKO NAKAJIMA SOPRANO RECITAL

Soprano : AKIKO NAKAJIMA
Piano : KAZUMASA MATSUMOTO


【 Program 】
Bach : Matthaus Passion - 39. Aria A - Erbarme dich, mein Gott

Handel : Messiah - How beautiful are the feet

From Akiko Nakajima Solo CD "Plaisir d’amour"
Cagnoni : Pensiero d'amore
Mercadante : L'abbandona
Ricci : Lamento
Thomas : Sola! (Canzone Danese)
Verdi : Stornello

Koichi Kishi : Kamome
Yaezakura
Aka i Kanzasi

Liszt : Rigoletto (Paraphrase de concert) S.434 R.267

Puccini : Gianni Schicci – O mio babbino caro

Mozart : Le Nozze di Figaro "Aria di Contessa" - Porgi amor qualche ristro

Gounod : Faust - Air des bijoux (Jewel song)

etc.


【 Tickets in advance 】 \4,500 (student \3,000)
【 Day tickets 】 \5,000

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Reservation by telephone 06‐6862‐8855
Reservation by facsimile 06-6868-0595
Inquiries Noix Accordées Office 06‐6862‐8855


【 Profile 】
AKIKO NAKAJIMA Soprano
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Winning first prize in The Australian Singing Competition marked the begging of an international career for the Japanese soprano Akiko Nakajima. In quick succession there followed her debut for Opera Australia in La Clemenza di Tito under Christopher Hogwood and her European debut at the Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli asMusetta in La Boheme.
She then embarked on an international career as both opera and concert singer. She made her Austrian debut in the title role of Handel's Alcina for Innsbruck'sFestwochen der Alten Musik- a production that was awarded by the European Broad Casting Union. She joined the Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck and later theStaatstheater Darmstadt where she sang principal roles. Her appearances in the demanding Bel Canto roles ofAdina in L'Elisir D'Amore, the title roles of La Sonnambula and La Fille du Regiment were greeted with great enthusiasm by audience and critics alike and her sensational triumph as Lucia di Lammermoor led to her nomination as The best singer of the year (1998) by Opernwelt magazine. Her stylish interpretations ofSophie in Der Rosenkavalier and Pamina in Die Zauberflote were also greatly acclaimed.

Her stunning debut as Sonjain Der Zarewitsch at theVienna Volksoper in 1999 was followed by other successes: as Violetta in La Traviata; Anne in The Rake's Progress; Annina in Eine Nacht in Venedig. In 2007 She made her debut at the Hamburg State Opera as Donna Fiorilla in Il Turco in Italia. At the same time, her career has continued to develop in Japan where she frequently appears with NHK Orchestra and New National Theater Tokyo.
In the field of concert and recital, Akiko Nakajima has a broad repertoire, reaching from the Bach Passions and lieder by Schubert and Wolf, to contemporary composers. She has appeared in festivals such as Festival Dei Due Mondi, Spoleto; Festwochen der Alten Musik Innsbruck; Munchener Biennale, Wiener Festwochen. Venues at which she has appeared include the LeipzigGewandhaus; Berliner Philharmonie; Konzerthaus Wien; Thèâtre des Champs Elysèes; Wigmore Hall in London; Avery Fisher Hall in New York; Walt Desney Concert Hall in Los Angeles as well as Suntory Hall and NHK Hall in Tokyo.

Among the celebrated conductors with whom she has appeared are; Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Herbert Blomstedt, Charles Dutoit, Kazushi Ono, Myung-Whun Chung andThomas Hengelbrock.
Akiko Nakajima's first solo CD “La Pastorella” has been released by Preiser Records (PR90647) and was nominated for the Deutschen Schallplattenkritik list. “Female Portraits”(PR90691), a collection of operatic arias and duets was followed by another recording, “Plaisir d’amour” (CDS556) from an Italian Label, Dynamic in 2008. A DVD recording of a live concert of Britten’s Mid Summer Night’s Dream with Seiji Ozawa was documented by NHK Enterprise in 2009. In early 2011, much awaited operetta CD,“Wien, Stadt meiner Träume”【Gramola 98908】will be released on Viennese label Gramola.

Highlights of her future engagements in 2011 include a newly commissioned opera written for her voice, “A mermaid” and the Deutsche Requiem with NHK Symphony Orchestra underAndré Previn.



KAZUMASA MATSUMOTO Piano
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Born in Kurashiki,Okayama in 1979, Kazumasa Matsumoto piano lessons at the age of six from Ms. Atsuko Taniguchi. After winning first prizes at many of the local piano competitions during his childhood, he attained the summit of the 48th National Students Music Competition at the age of fifteen.
He not only won the grand prix at the 7th Japan Classical Music Competition but also occupied high places at other national competitions. He also won the third prize at the 2nd International Young Pianist Competition in Memory of Horowitz held in Ukraine, and consequently participated in the prizewinner concert tour in five major cities in the U.S.A., including the performance at the Carnegie recital Hall in New York.
In 1998, he captured the first prize at the 67th Japan Music Competition at the age of nineteen when he was a freshman at Tokyo University of Arts. From the following year the vivid concert activity began for him at home and abroad, giving solo recitals as well as performing with major orchestras such as Praha Philharmonic Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. He also took part in concerts in Czech Republic and China.
In 2001 he won the 3rd prize at the International Competition "F.Busoni" in Bolzano.
In 2003 he also won the 5th prize at the queen Elisabeth international competition in Brussels.
The release of his 3rd recording "Pictures at an Exhibition" has been highly acclaimed by critics as a lyric, characteristic performance.
He is currently studying at Universitaet der Kunste, Berlin under Prof. Pascal Devoyon, and regularly gives concerts both in Germany and Japan, while appearing frequently on radio and television broadcasts at home.
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