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Sayaka Shoji will perform Bernstein's Serenade with Yutaka Sado at Musikverein Vienna on May 5 & 6  2018

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About

“A formidable musician, able to draw on huge reserves of stamina and the unflinching equal of anything thrown at her” (Gramophone)

First Prize winner at the 1999 Paganini Competition – the first Japanese and youngest artist ever to do so, Sayaka Shoji has been performing with the world’s leading conductors including Yuri Temirkanov, Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Sir Colin Davis, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Kurt Masur, Mariss Jansons, Semyon Bychkov, Myung-Whun Chung, Riccaldo Chailly, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Paavo Järvi and Sir Antonio Pappano.

Recent engagements include Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (Osmo Vänskä),  The Mariinsky Orchestra (Valery Gergiev), NDR Sinfonieorchester (Krzysztof Urbański), Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Gianandrea Noseda), Tonkustler Orchestra (Yutaka Sado), NHK Symphony Orchestra (Vladimir Ashkenazy), and St Petersburg Philharmonic (Yuri Temirkanov). She also performs the Violin Concerto by Krzysztof Penderecki conducted by the composer himself.

Sayaka’s long-time mentor and supporter, Yuri Termikanov, invited her regularly since 2001. They have toured together in Russia, UK, France, Spain, Ireland, Belgium, Latvia, Italy, Mexico, Japan and USA.  In 2012 they recorded Prokofiev’s Violin Concertos, and in 2017 Beethoven & Sibelius Violin Concertos, both albums for Deutsche Grammophon.

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“Shoji isn’t merely a superb technician, she’s a deeply engaging performer”

Gramophone

Born in Tokyo and spent her early childhood in Siena, Italy, Sayaka has started studying the violinat age of 5. From 1995 until 2000, she studied at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana under Uto Ughi and Riccardo Brengola. At the age of 13, she went to Germany for a year to study with Saschko Gawriloff. In 1998, she moved to Germany to study at Hochschule für Musik Köln under Zakhar Bron and graduated in 2004.

In 1997, she made her debut at Lucerne Festival and Musikverein in Vienna with Rudolf Baumgartner. Two years later, she took the First Prize at the 1999 Paganini Competition. Zubin Mehta has been her strong supporter. When Shoji auditioned for him in 2000, he immediately changed his schedule in order to make her first recording with the Israel Philharmonic possible in the following month, then invited her to perform with Bavarian State Opera and Los Angeles Philharmonic.  Since then many prominent orchestras have invited Shoji, including Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and WDR Symphony Orchestra.

Sayaka appears regularly as a recitalist and chamber musician at festivals such as Verbier, Annecy, Ravenna, Prague Spring, Settimane Musicale di Chigiana, Beethovenfest Bonn and Rencontres Musicales d’Evian. She recently gave a recital debut at London’s Wigmore Hall which included a new commission solo violin work by Toshio Hosokawa.    In 2014, She also toured with Menahem Pressler and their collaboration was documented in a live recording.   Sayaka and pianist Gianluca Cascioli have completed recording of all Beethoven’s Sonatas for Piano and Violin in 2015.

Sayaka plays the 1729 Recamier Stradivarius – kindly loaned to her by Ueno Fine Chemicals Industry Ltd.

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“Shoji strikes primarily by her intense playing and its unique sound that manages to touch the soul directly.”

Opus Klassiek

Recordings

Sayaka Shoji & Menahem Pressler – Live

Menahem Pressler

Prokofiev Violin Concertos 1 & 2

Yuri Temirkanov, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic

Beethoven Sonatas for Piano & Violin No. 5 & 6 & 10

Gianluca Cascioli

Shostakovich Violin Concertos

Dmitri Liss

Beethoven complete sonatas for Piano & Violin 2 & 9

Gianluca Cascioli

Prelude SAYAKA

 

Prokofiev Violin Sonatas / Shostakovich Preludes

Itamar Golan

Paganini Violin Concerto No.1 / Waxman / Chausson

Zubin Mehta, The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Tchaikovsky & Mendelssohn Violin Concertos

Myung-Whun Chung, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

Beethoven Sonatas for Piano & Violin  No.7 & 8

Gianluca Cascioli

Beethoven Sonatas for Piano & Violin  No.1 & 3 & 4

Gianluca Cascioli

Verbier Festival – Highlights 2007

Renaud Capucon, Helene Grimaud, Misha Maisky

Bach & Reger  Works for Violin Solo

 

Schedule

May 5 2018

Musikverein Grosser Saal –   VIENNA (Austria)

Bernstein, Serenade
Yutaka Sado,         Tonkunstler Orchestra

May 6 2018

Musikverein Grosser Saal –  VIENNA (Austria)

Bernstein, Serenade
Yutaka Sado,        Tonkunstler Orchestra

May 24 2018

KUNZELSAU (Germany)

Sibelius, Violin Concerto
Leo Hussain, Wurth Philharmoniker

June 15 2018

NHK Hall – TOKYO (Japan)

Mendelssohn, Double Concerto
Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vikingur Olaffson, NHK Symphony Orchestra

June 16 2018

NHK Hall – TOKYO (Japan)

Mendelssohn, Double Concerto
Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vikingur Olaffson, NHK Symphony Orchestra

July 21 2018

ST PAUL DE VENCE (France)

Festival   

Gerard Causse, viola

July 24-28  2018

PRAESTO (Denmark)

Festival

Marianna Shirinyan, piano

July 30 2018

FREDERIKSVAERK (Denmark)

Ravel Trio / Schumann Quartet op.47

Marianna Shirinyan, piano

August 2 2018

BRIVE (France)

Recital

Festival de la Vezere

Ilya Rashkovskiy, piano

August 8 2018

PERROS GUIREC (France)

Recital

Ilya Rashkovskiy, piano

August 13 2018

SISTERON (France)

Sibelius : Violin Concerto

Tibor Boganyi, Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra

August 15-17 2018

KAPOSVAR (Hungary)

Festival

August 19 2018

CORSICA (France)

Festival

Gerard Causse, Modigliani Quartet

SYNESTHESIA

An experimental visual art project

As an interpreter, Sayaka’s passion is to transform her musical perception into different forms. Alongside her concert activities, she has started the “Synesthesia” project since 2007 to illustrate how her impression can transform into visual form of expression.

The video was exposed at Galerie Mondapart in Paris and Lyon Biennale 2014.

Contact

General Management

Harrison/Parrott Ltd
Federico Hernandez

Italy

Studio Art Concert Agency
Paola Castellano

Russia

Litvinova Art Management
Tatjana Litvinova

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Photography: Formento + Formento