Sayaka Shoji, Violin

Ryo Yanagitani, piano

March 31, 2016, 6:30 PM

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The Phillips presents violinist Sayaka Shoji, first-prize winner of the 1999 Paganini Competition. A Deutsche Grammophon recording artist, Shoji has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Trondheim Symfoniorkester. She exhibits her dramatic prowess with pianist and S&R Artist-in-Residence Ryo Yanagitani in a program of Schumann, Bloch, Janáček, and Beethoven. Both musicians are winners of the annual S&R Washington Award.


Violin Sonata # 1, Opus 105, in A minor
  I   Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck
  II  Allegretto
  III Lebhaft

ERNEST BLOCH (1880-1959)
Violin Sonata #1, in A minor
  I   Agitato
  II  Molto quieto
  III Moderato      

CÉSAR FRANCK (1822-1890)
Violin Sonata (Sonata in A Major for piano and violin)
 I   Allegretto ben moderato
 II  Allegro
 III Recitativo-Fantasia: Ben moderato
 IV Allegretto poco mosso

Since taking First Prize at the 1999 Paganini Competition–the first Japanese and youngest artist ever to do so–Sayaka Shoji has performed with the world’s leading conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Mariss Jansons, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Semyon Bychkov, Paavo Järvi and Antonio Pappano.

In the 2012/13 season, Sayaka returned to the Philharmonia Orchestra as well as the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra (both with Yuri Temirkanov), the Danish National Symphony Orchestra under Michael Schønwandt and the State Symphony Orchestra of Russia (Mikhail Jurowski). She made her debut with the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla under Pedro Halffter, as well as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (Tadaaki Otaka). She also returned to the Wiener Symphoniker (Kazushi Ono) for a concert at Vienna’s Konzerthaus followed by a tour to Japan. Other Japanese tours included a major recital tour with Gianluca Cascioli, as well as with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Yannick NézetSéguin. She regularly works with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and toured Eastern Europe with them in spring 2013, including a concert at the Prague Spring Festival. 

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"The Creative Woman" profile about 16-year-old virstuoso violinist Sayaka Shoji

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