St Petersburg, The Mussorgsky Hall

Mayumi Kanagawa (violin)

Prize-winner of the TONALi competition (Germany)

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
Passacaglia in G Minor from the Rosary Sonatas

Alfred Schnittke
Fuga for solo violin

Sergey Prokofiev
Sonata for Solo Violin in D Major, Op. 115

Johann Sebastian Bach
Chaconne from Partita for Violin Solo No 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004

Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst
Grand Caprice on Schubert's Der Erlkönig, Op. 26

Performed by Mayumi Kanagawa (violin)


The concert will take place with the amicable support of the Senate and Ministry of Culture of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg


About the Concert

„It is different. It is creative, idiosyncratic and trend-setting in all aspects. It is much more than a difficult to win music contest – TONALi. It drives top sponsorship and at the same time initiates the impulse for cultural education. It addresses young composers, high potential young musicians and numerous young listeners (more than 10,000 in 12 Hamburg based schools), who often find to classical music because of TONALi. It is a total work of art, which has been cleverly and effectively adjusted to the actual music situation. The city of Hamburg, which has strong musical scene, can be proud of TONALI, which no one today wants to miss anymore and which has found much attention far beyond Hamburg.
It is with much personal solicitousness and respect in my role as honorary president that I see the rapid development of TONALi. This unique and highly demanding music project, initiated in 2009 by two young cellists Amadeus Templeton and Boris Matchin will see its fourth edition in 2014 as a result of tireless dedication, voluntary commitment and the support of many personalities, institutions and sponsors.
The 2014 competition focuses on the violin. 12 violinists (with residence in Germany), all aiming for a solo career, may qualify and compete to win the TONALi-prize worth 10,000 Euro. Those making it to the final, will be invited to perform a violin concert in the big hall at Laeiszhalle Hamburg with the renowned The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. This poses a strong incentive for the young musicians to perform at their very best and makes them happily engage themselves with TONALi fundamental principles:
• A distinctive interest in the future of classical concerts, which in its format looks for new ideas, new rituals and contemporary communication.
• Active discussion about the question the musician can take more responsibility for the development of classical concert future.
• The willingness to widely communicate these new formats, encouraged by TONALi by its unique school activities that prove a contemporary relation between audience and musician.
TONALi sets a trend as a result of its threefold structure: „writing (composition prize), performing (Grand Prix) and listening (TuttiContest)“ and challenges many in various ways. Christoph Eschenbach, Conductor and TONALi Honorary President.
The next stage of collaboration between the Mariinsky Theatre and TONALi came with the new cultural and educational project The Sounds of Change. The task of the project is to interest young audiences in classical music concerts and involve them in organising such concerts on a practical level – right in their schools.

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About the performers

Japanese-American violinist Mayumi Kanagawa began her violin studies at the age of four in Japan. Moving to New York shortly thereafter and at the age of twelve to Los Angeles, she is currently an undergraduate student of Professor Kolja Blacher at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin. Recipient of the 1st prizes at the 2013 Jascha Heifetz Competition in Vilnius and the 2011 Irving M. Klein Competition in San Francisco, as well as being a finalist at the 2015 International Sibelius Competition in Helsinki and in 2014 at the TONALi Competition in Hamburg. Mayumi has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras including the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Lithuanian National Symphony (the Bruch concerto), the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen (the Tchaikovsky concerto) and the Kremerata Baltica (Mozart’s Fourth Concerto).
Mayumi has participated in such major international festivals as the Verbier Festival Academy, the Yellow Barn Festival and the Aspen Music Festival, and has also been a featured artist on Performance Today’s Young Artist Series, with her recordings and interviews being broadcast nationally on NPR stations.
Mayumi’s former teachers include Yoshiko Nakura, Masao Kawasaki in the Juilliard Pre-College division and Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School.
Mayumi performs on a violin crafted by Pietro Guarneri (Mantua, late 17th century), on generous loan from the Deutsche Musikinstrumentenfond of the Deutsch Stiftung Musikleben.

Age category 6+

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