Grieg gets a Japanese makeover

 Type:Culture, Music
 Location:England, London

Friday 1 June sees contemporary Japanese works performed in Wigmore Hall by the composer and pianist Motoki Hirai, and works by Bach, Beethoven, Bloch and Grieg by leading Japanese violinist Katsuya Matsubara along with Hirai.

For his Wigmore Hall debut, Katsuya Matsubara will be showing the range of his performances from Bach to a new work commissioned from Motoki Hirai for this evening’s performance and entitled Kotodama.  A winner of major international competitions (including Kreisler and Tibor Varga), Katsuya Matsubara has performed with artists including Yo-Yo Ma and Peter Serkin and has performed extensively in the Far East as well as in Europe and the UK.

Pianist and composer Motoki Hirai currently lives in London and performs there regularly.  He returns to Japan frequently for solo and concerto performances as well as broadcasts and recordings.  He first wrote his Homage to Grieg in 1988, revising it in 1993 and performs it on 1st June as a tribute to Grieg in this his Anniversary year.

Katsuya Matsubara, violin
Mitoki Hirai, piano

Wigmore Hall
Friday 1 June 2007 at 7.30 pm


  • Motoki Hirai: Kotodama - Voices of Nature for violin and piano (world premiere)
  • J. S. Bach: Chaconne from Partita No.2 BWV.1004 for solo violin
  • Beethoven: Sonata No.5 for violin and piano, Op.24 “Spring”
  • Bloch: Nigun No.2 from Baal Shem—3 Pictures of Chassidic life
  • Motoki Hirai: Scenes from a Native Land for piano solo (2005)
  • Motoki Hirai: Homage to Grieg for piano solo (1988/rev.1993)
  • Edvard Grieg: Sonata No.3 in C minor, Op.45 for violin and piano

Tickets:  £16, £14, £12, £10
Wigmore Hall Box Office:  020 7935 2141

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Composer/pianist Motoki Hirai will perform a homage to Grieg.

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