A Program and Reception to Celebrate Young Japanese Artists

On Thursday, June 27, Consul General of Japan Akira Chiba hosted at his official residence a program and reception to celebrate "Young Japanese Artists: Violinist Aya Kiyonaga featuring Cellist Rainer Crosett and Pianist Paul Voia-Tipei."

Consul General Chiba welcomed the musicians and guests, noting that he aimed to support creative endeavors by younger musicians and provide them with new opportunities to showcase their talent and skill. At the same time, such performances and programs can help cultivate new bonds between individuals and communities by encouraging new connections and cross-cultural understanding, he said.

Next, Ms. Kiyonaga offered remarks, introducing herself and her fellow musicians. She also expressed her gratitude to the Consul General for the opportunity to perform. The trio's performance included such classics as Ludwig Van Beethoven's Piano Trio in E flat major, WoO38, as well as the beloved Japanese song Furusato, which is known to evoke nostalgia for one’s hometown. Before the performance of Furusato, Ms. Kiyonaga talked about her hometown of Kobe, which suffered significant damage during the 1995 Great Hanshin earthquake, and her emotional connection to the region.

The program concluded with a reception, where the musicians and guests mingled and enjoyed Japanese cuisine.