Brise japonaise, performed by Yuki Isami on the flute and Natsuki Hiratsuka on the piano, is a recital that expresses the blending of Asian heritage and a continuous discovery of Quebec culture, echoing the shock and, above all, the harmony between past and present.
The artists will perform arrangements of traditional Japanese music, works by a French composer whose style has been influenced by Japanese culture and contemporary Japanese music including a world premiere of Omeribuki for flute and piano by Reiko Yamada.
A native of Japan, Yuki Isami discovered music at the age of four through the piano. After receiving first prizes from Toho’s College of Drama and Music in Tokyo, and the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, she now pursues a flutist career. She has participated in many international festivals and performed in various orchestras including the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal and the Orchestre symphonique de Québec. She has also worked on various projects to promote Japanese music and culture in Canada with instruments such as the shinobue, koto, and shamisen. She has notably arranged and performed Musique japonaise: Branches et racines and TSUKI, a musical and visual tale.
The pianist, Natsuki Hiratsuka is active as a chamber musician. “A pianist of great skills and sensitivity” (La Scena Musicale), “She evinces a special sensitivity to the haunting sonorities…” (Fanfare Magazine). She has given numerous recitals in Japan, England, Canada, and the United States. Recently, she has performed at Jordan Hall in Boston, Musashino Hall in Tokyo, French Cultural Center of Boston, Longy School of Music, Brown University, Montreal Conservatory and University of Alberta. Her recording of Szymanowski and Shostakovich violin sonatas as well as Lekeu and Franck violin sonatas with violinist Frederic Bednarz on Metis-Islands Record received rave reviews.
Yuki Isami – Flute
Natsuki Hiratsuka – Piano