Acclaimed Koto and Shamisen Player to Perform the Songs of Winter

Four Seasons in New York—Gems of Japanese Music, vol. 19 (Winter)

Wednesday, January 20 at 8:00 p.m. through Sunday, January 31 at 9:00 p.m.

Online

Tickets: $20 (plus handling fee)

Acclaimed Japanese koto and shamisen performer Yoko Reikano Kimura performs music that celebrates New Year’s Day and the winter season.

Program

“Shunkyō for two shamisens” – by Seihō Kineya
“Shōjō no Tsuru” (“Crane on the Pine Tree”) – by Manwa Yamato
“Mutsura-boshi” (“Pleiades”) – by Katsutoshi Nagasawa

Cellist Hikaru Tamaki will join Kimura as her special guest.

This online concert will premiere on Wednesday, January 20, and ticketholders will have access to the video link until Sunday, January 31. For the details and to purchase tickets, please visit Eventbrite. (Note: Tickets are nonrefundable.)

About Four Seasons in New York—Gems of Japanese Music

New York’s music scene reflects the diverse and vibrant culture of the city. Kimura began this concert series in the fall of 2015 with CRS (Center for Remembering and Sharing) as co-host and support from Mar Creation, Inc.

As a Japanese instrumentalist, Kimura hopes to introduce the brilliance of traditional Japanese music, which is still being passed on to future generations after many centuries. Starting with the 2018-19 season, the series has featured contemporary pieces composed by living composers as well. Since the first concert, the series has introduced more than 45 works from the classical repertoire.

About Yoko Reikano Kimura

Saitama native Yoko Reikano Kimura’s wide-ranging repertoire features classical music and improvisational pieces. She has concertized in about 20 countries and is based in New York and Japan. She studied several musical instruments from a young age and went on to receive the top prize for her graduation recital at Tokyo University of the Arts and Music. Living National Treasure Senko Yamabiko is among Kimura’s many revered instructors.

Kimura has performed at prestigious venues such as Warsaw Autumn Festival, Israel Festival, Nova Arts in Bordeaux, John F. Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Museum, United Nations, Japan Society, and Asia Society Texas Center.

Kimura’s awards include the First prize at the prestigious 10th Kenjun Memorial National Koto Competition, the First prize at the 4th Great Wall International Music Competition, and a scholarship from the Agency of Cultural Affairs of Japan. The New York Times described her shamisen playing and singing as “superb.”

With cellist Hikaru Tamaki, Kimura co-founded Duo YUMENO. The duo received the Kyoto Aoyama Baroque Saal Award in 2015 and was featured at Chamber Music America’s 2016 National Conference. The duo held its tenth anniversary recital at Carnegie Hall in 2019.

For more information, please visit her website.