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Organ Gala Concert

Date and
Monday 14 January 2019
Pipe Organ= Mari Ohki, Ami Hoyano, Yuka Ishimaru, Mari Mihara
"Robertsbridge Codex", Estampie
Giovanni Gabrieli: excerpt from "Canzon"
Felix Mendelssohn: Organ Sonata in D Major, Op. 65, No. 5
Johann Sebastian Bach: Passacaglia BWV582
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart / Tsuguo Hirono: Opera "Die Zauberflöte", Overture
Charles-Marie Widor: Symphony No. 9 "Gothique" Op. 70, II. Andante sostenuto
Jehan Alain: Litanies, AWV 100
Charles-Valentin Alkan: Bombardo - carillon, pour 4 pieds
Olivier Messiaen: "La Nativite du Seigneur (The Birth of the Saviour)", I. La Vierge et l'Enfant (The Virgin and Child)
Thierry Escaich: Evocation
Simeon ten Holt: excerpt from "Canto Ostinato"
Nursery Service

Children under 6 are not admitted.


  All reserved seating U25 (7 - 25)
General Public ¥2,500 ¥1,000
MUZA Member ¥2,250 -

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Monday 10 September 2018

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Wednesday 19 September 2018

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Mari Ohki

Mari Ohki was born in Shizuoka, Japan. She studied organ with Prof. Yuichiro Shiina and harpsichord with Prof. Masaaki Suzuki at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, from which she graduated with Distinction as the best student in her year.

During her studies she also took part in organ courses in Germany and won numerous prizes, including among others: First Prize in the audition for the nomination for “Virtuosos in Shizuoka;” Second Prize at the Mainz International Organ Competition; prizewinner at the Possehl Competition in Lübeck; prizewinner of the “Postgraduate AKANTHAS Music Award” in Tokyo. She was also nominated to play in the Gradation Concert for the Japan Organ Society. In September 2012 Ohki won the First Prize at the 3rd International Dietrich Buxtehude Organ Competition on the significant historic organs in Lübeck, as well as the Third Prize and “The Czech Music Fund Foundation Prize” at the 65th International Prague Spring Music Festival in May 2013. In October 2009 she began postgraduate studies with a scholarship from the DAAD with Prof. Arvid Gast at the Musikhochschule in Lübeck, and from April 2012 with Prof. Martin Sander at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold.

She has appeared as a concert organist in numerous cities in both Japan and Germany, and has taken part in masterclasses with, among others, Harald Vogel, Michael Radulescu, Ludger Lohmann and Lorenzo Ghielmi.

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Ami Hoyano

Ami Hoyano débute ses études musicales avec le piano et se tourne vers l’orgue à l’âge de 16 ans. Admise à l’université Geidai (Université de Tokyo pour les Beaux Arts et la Musique) dans la classe de Tsuguo Hirono, Naoko Imai et Makiko Hayashima, elle obtient une licence et une maîtrise d’orgue avec mention très bien à l’unanimité. Elle reçoit plusieurs prix pour la meilleure interprétation (prix d’Ataka, prix d’Akansas…) à l’université Geidai de Tokyo.

Elle bénéficie du soutien de la Fondation Legs Jabès, du Fonds de Tarrazi et d’une bourse du Japanese Governement Overseas Study Program for Artists.

En 2007, Ami Hoyano est admise au Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (CNSMP) dans la classe d’orgue d’Olivier Latry et Michel Bouvard. Elle suit les cours d’improvisation avec Philippe Lefebvre et de clavecin avec Françoise Marman avant d’obtenir son Master en 2011 et les prix d’harmonie et de contrepoint renaissance l’année suivante. Entre 2011 et 2012, elle se perfectionne auprès de Bernard Foccroulle au conservatoire Royal de musique de Bruxelles.

Son parcours lui permet de suivre les Master class de Louis Robilliard, François Menissier, Francis Jacob (F), Michael Radulescu (A), James David Christie (USA)…Ami donne de nombreux récitals au Japon, en Angleterre, en Belgique, en Suisse, en France (Notre Dame de Paris, Saint Sulpice, La Madeleine, Chartres, Château de Versailles, Cathédrale d’Orléans, Toulouse les orgues…).

En 2009, elle obtient le 2ème prix Joseph Bossard de Bellelay en Suisse. Lauréate très remarquée du concours d’orgue international Pierre de Manchicourt de Béthune en 2010, elle est nommée ambassadrice culturelle du grand orgue Freytag/Tricoteaux de Béthune et enregistre sur cet orgue "Révélations" un Cd consacré à un large répertoire.

Nommée, sur concours, organiste à la salle de concert ‘Tokorozawa-Muse’ en avril 2014, elle est parallèlement co-titulaire de l’université Meiji-Gakuin et professeur dans l’atelier baroque ’Les p’tits musiciens’ à Tokyo. En 2015, le jury du concours international d’orgue de Dudelange au Luxembourg lui décerne le Premier Prix d’interprétation.

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Yuka Ishimaru

Yuka Ishimaru won the Grand prix and Dand & Polly Bales Prize at the 22nd International Organ Competition Grand prix de Chartres in 2010. From 2011, she started a concert tour in Europe and Japan and appears at various festivals and major venues. (Notre Dame de Paris, Chartres, Bordeaux, Haarlem, St Albans, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Moscow etc….)

Ms. Ishimaru was born in Niigata, Japan. In 2003, she completed the organ training class at Ryutopia, Niigata-City Performing Arts Center. In 2007, she graduated from Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music. She received the Ataka Prize when she was at the University. At the graduation of the University, she received Acanthus Music Award and DOSEIKAI Music Award. She studied the organ with Tsuguo Hirono、Rie Hiroe、and the harpsichord with Naoya Otsuka and Masaaki Suzuki.

In 2007, Ms. Ishimaru studied under Hatsumi Miura and completed Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall organist Internship Programm.

Under the scholarship from the government of Denmark, she continued her study from 2008 at the Royal Danish Academy of Music under Hans Fagius, and there she obtained the Organ Soloist Diploma. She won Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation and Carl Nielsen Scholarship Foundation during the period.

She further studied the Clavichord under Joel Speerstra at University of Gothenburg and the organ under Ludger Lohmann at Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart as a member of Japanese Government (Agency for Cultural Affairs) Overseas Study Program for Artists.

Yuka Ishimaru has appeared as soloist with the Orchestre National de Lyonunder Leonard Slatkin. In 2015 she performed Samuel Barber’s Toccata Festiva with the Württembergisches Staatsorchester Stuttgart under the direction of Johannes Klumpp within the framework of the Rising Stars! Festival, and additionally made her debut with the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra Yokohama under the baton of Pascal Verrot. In her native country, Yuka Ishimaru has made recordings for radio and appeared on television.

Her debut CD with German romantic organ works will be recorded in 2015 at the historic Buchholz organ of the St.Nicolas in Stralsund (Germany).

Ms. Ishimaru is currently a member of the Japan Association of Organists.

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Mari Mihara

Originally from Tokyo, Mari Mihara began her musical training on the piano at five years of age before starting the organ with Kazuo Kohno at the age of thirteen.

In 2004, she was admitted to the Tokyo University of the Arts where she studied organ with Naoko Imai and Rie Hiroe.

In 2008, she obtained her Undergraduate degree with Distinction and was awarded the Ataka Prize and the Acanthus Prize.

Her music studies continued in 2009 by participating in various academies and masterclasses with organists including Michel Bouvard, François Espinasse, Eric Lebrun, Olivier Latry, Christophe Mantoux, among others.

She was awarded her Master's Degree in 2011 in Tokyo and has since been studying with Erwan Le Prado at the Conservatory of Caen. She has received the support of the Japanese Culture Minister through the Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists and in 2012, was awarded the Grand Prix of the International Organ Competition of Chartres.

She recorded a recital CD (Works of Widor, Messiaen, Duruflé) at the Grand-Organ of the cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres (Disques Ctésibios).

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