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Journey from the East – Music from Japan

Equator Festival: Women of the World
Music / Saturday, 30 September 2017 - 3:00pm / Hall Two
£14.50 | Savers £9.50*

Trad. music on the koto

Rebecca Clarke Sonata movement in G for violin and piano (1907)

Elizabeth Maconchy Three Preludes

Nicola LeFanu Abstracts and a Frame for violin and piano

Midori Komachi violin

Yoko Nishi koto

Featuring works by leading female composers from Japan and Britain through time, this concert explores a unique collaboration across two cultures – a performance not to be missed!

Yuka Takechi, a leading Japanese composer of today has written new works for many renowned traditional instrumentalists, as well as works for Western instruments that incorporate traditional Japanese music. British composer, Nicola LeFanu has written for Japanese traditional instruments in her acclaimed Opera Tokaido.

The programme will be performed by two leading performers of Japan the renowned koto virtuoso Yoko Nishi, and the brilliant young violinist Midori Komachi who has gained international acclaim for her performances of works by British and Japanese composers. 


Midori Komachi has performed as a soloist and chamber musician extensively throughout Europe and Japan. Described as ‘hugely gifted soloist of the younger generation’ (The Quarterly Review), Midori has performed in the Tonhalle Zurich, Tokyo Opera City Hall, Muza Kawasaki (Japan), Philharmony Warsaw, Wigmore Hall, Rectors Palace (Croatia). Over the recent years, Midori has developed several projects exploring the works by British composers. Her Delius and Gauguin project, which was supported by Arts Council England and featured in major publications such as the Arts & Collections Magazine and Nikkei newspaper in Japan, led to the release of her debut album Colours of the Heart (2014). Midori’s performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and various media in UK and Japan. As an active chamber musician working with various ensembles, she has recorded for Metier, Naxos, Toccatta Classics and RAM. Midori has written several articles on British composers, and her first major publication on Frederick Delius is due to be published in Japan in Autumn 2017.

Yoko Nishi began her koto studies at the age of 4, and at the age of 12 became a student of Tadao and Kazue Sawai. She graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1986, and since that time has been active in performing traditional and contemporary music throughout the world. In 1994 Nishi and three other young players formed the group Vortex and released their first CD Koto Vortex to critical acclaim.

midorikomachi.com | nishi-yoko.com | equatorfestival.com

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Photos from top: Midori Komachi, Yoko Nishi

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