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The 15th Fresh Concert: Young talents born in Kanagawa resonate in the music hall

神奈川生まれの若き才能が音楽堂に響く『第15回フレッシュ・コンサート』

Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra's special concert ``Fresh Concert'' brings you a spectacular performance by up-and-coming young musicians. This time, the 15th time, we will be featuring Takae Kojima (violin), who won the grand prize in the junior high school division of the 35th Kanagawa Music Competition held last year, and Anna Ogi, who won the special grand prize at the 44th Pitina Piano Competition. (piano) will appear.
We asked Mr. Oshiro, who was born and raised in Yokohama and dreamed of performing with the Kanagawa Philharmonic, about his enthusiasm for concerts and his dreams for the future.

How did you start playing the piano?

My mother plays the piano, so I've been playing with the piano at home since I was about 2 or 3 years old. My mother saw that and made me learn to play the piano from the time I was 4 years old, so for me, it's like, ``I was playing the piano before I knew it'' (lol).

He has achieved excellent results in numerous competitions.

The first time I entered a Pitina competition was when I was in the first grade of elementary school. My teacher at the time recommended it to me, but I've loved playing in front of people since I was little, so entering the competition itself was fun. So I don't think I was really interested in winning awards. However, in many cases, winning a competition gives me the opportunity to perform at a concert, so that was something I was looking forward to and my goal was to do.

You already have experience performing with an orchestra.

I have participated in chamber music and small string orchestras since I was a child, but it wasn't until I was a university student that I performed with an orchestra. It's been my dream to play a concerto since I was little, so I was really happy. The reason why I continued to take on the Pitina competition was not because I was aiming to win the Grand Prix, but because if I made it to the final, I would be able to perform with the orchestra at Suntory Hall, so I worked hard towards that goal.

This time we will be performing with the Kanagawa Philharmonic.

I was born and raised in Yokohama, so I've been to Kanagawa Philharmonic concerts many times. Whenever my seniors who attend the same music school performed with the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, I always went to listen and dreamed of ``One day, I'll be there too!'' I am truly honored that my childhood dream is about to become a reality.
I'm also happy to be able to play at the Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall. It is often used as a venue for competitions, so I first stood on the stage at the music hall when I was in the first grade of elementary school. It was my first time performing in such a magnificent hall, and I remember being overwhelmed by its size. I'm really happy to be able to perform a concerto with my idol Kanagawa Philharmonic in this historic hall.

Could you please introduce Ravel's piano concerto that you will be performing this time?

Smack! It's an impactful song that starts with the sound of a whip. Afterwards, the sounds of various instruments such as the piccolo are played, so I think even people who are not familiar with classical music can enjoy this song. From the first time I heard it, I was captivated by its charm and listened intently. It also appeared in "Nodame Cantabile". It's a song I've always admired and wanted to play the most, so I'm really happy about it.

Please tell us about your dreams and future aspirations as a pianist.

I have many opportunities to perform in front of people, so I want to cherish each one of them and pursue music that touches the hearts of the customers who come to listen to me. For example, when we are invited to school or local events, there are many customers who are not normally familiar with classical music. I hope to be able to convey the appeal of music to such people.
I also have a desire to study abroad, so I would like to study at a music school overseas at least once. I can't make any concrete plans right now, but I definitely want to try it once the coronavirus pandemic is over.
thank you very much!

[Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra “15th Fresh Concert”]

[Date and time] Saturday, February 27, 2021, 14:00 start
[Venue] Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall
[Conductor] Chikara Iwamura
[Co-star]
Takae Kojima (violin) [Winner of the 35th Kanagawa Music Competition Junior High School Division Grand Prize and Kanagawa Prefectural Governor's Award (Grand Prize)]
Anna Ogi (piano) [44th Pitina Piano Competition Special Grand Prix and Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award]
[Main songs]
Mozart/Opera “Theatre Manager” K.486 Overture
Mozart/Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major K.216
Ravel/Suite "Tomb of Couperin"
Ravel/Piano Concerto in G major
*Performers, music, etc. may change due to unavoidable circumstances.
[Price] All seats reserved ¥3,000 / Youth (under 25 years old) ¥1,500
[Inquiries] Kanagawa Philharmonic Ticket Service Tel. 045-226-5107 (Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00-13:00) / Ticket Kanagawa Tel. 0570-015-415
*Please refrain from allowing preschool children to enter.

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We will give away tickets to the ``15th Fresh Concert'' to be held at the Kanagawa Prefectural Music Hall from 14:00 on Saturday, February 27th to 3 groups of 6 people.
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[Application deadline]
Until 23:59 on Friday, February 12, 2021
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