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Music is a Universal Language: European JUNIOR ORIGINAL CONCERT 2010 Wien

Bravo and thanks to Eléonora, Vera, Lucas, Elmar, Elias, Valeria Cristea, Alexandros, Nathan, Lucie and Daria for the wonderful EJOC concert on 2/6 at the Vienna Konzerthaus. Your compositions were, like your playing, a joy for the guests!

This past Saturday, students of Yamaha Music Schools throughout Europe presented their own compositions at the third European Junior Original Concert in the Vienna Konzerthaus. Ten music students from Portugal, Great Britain, Greece, France, Italy, Germany and Austria, between 8 and 14 years of age, displayed their outstanding musical talent and confirmed the successful music educational work of the Yamaha Music Schools.

The spectrum of pieces featured ranged from classical solo pieces for piano all the way to a Latin ensemble. A special "delicacy" of the concert was a spontaneous improvisation by the Austrian participant, Elmar Deininger, based on a two-measure melody that he had drawn at random from among a number of musical motives.

Group photo with the young musicians of the 3rd European Junior Original Concert in the Vienna Konzerthaus’s Mozart Hall, with presenters Manfred Frank and Katrin Lampe (in the middle)

Group photo with the young musicians of the 3rd European Junior Original Concert in the Vienna Konzerthaus’s Mozart Hall, with presenters Manfred Frank and Katrin Lampe (in the middle)

Fostering creative potential

"We're happy to hear how the young musicians lend expression to their thoughts and feelings in music," Kazunobu Yamada, Managing Director of the Yamaha Music Foundation, described the Yamaha Music Schools' philosophy, and that of the international EJOC concert series, during the press conference leading up to the concert. The concert is presented annually by Yamaha Music Europe GmbH together with the Tokyo-based Yamaha Music Foundation. A significant component of instruction at the Yamaha Music Schools is not only teaching the playing of musical instruments, but also to foster creative potential.

Symbol of cooperation

The Junior Original Concerts were initiated in Japan in 1972. Since then, a large number of concerts have been performed in many countries. This year, following Milan in 2008 and Paris in 2009, Vienna received the honor of holding the third European Junior Original Concert. Here, in the music capital of the world, home of the Viennese sound, the young musicians had a keyboard instrument that embodies Viennese musical culture like no other: the Bösendorfer grand piano.

The fact that a piano by the traditional Viennese piano manufacturer stood onstage in Mozart Hall at Yamaha's major presentation was a bow to Viennese musical tradition, as well as a symbol of the cooperation commenced between Yamaha and Bösendorfer. In January of 2008, Yamaha took over the famous piano-building company. As an independent brand that is inseparable with the culture of Austria and Viennese, Bösendorfer enriches Yamaha's exclusive upright and grand piano range in the premium class.

Eléonora, Vera, Lucas, Elmar, Elias, Valeria Cristea, Alexandros, Nathan, Lucie and Daria take full advantage of the special grand piano on offer this evening and captivate the international audience with their ingenious compositions which they touchingly played on the Bösendorfer Model 280 concert grand. With his visit, Shuji Ito, Executive Adviser of Yamaha Corporation and President of Yamaha Music Foundation (headquartered in Tokyo) distinguished the work of the (1200) Yamaha Music Schools in Europe (with just under 80,000 music students) and this special evening of music in Vienna.

Make way for the new generation of composers!

We're happy to present to you, in order of their performances, all the young artists who performed their own compositions onstage in the Vienna Konzerthaus.

Eléonore Kaplan, 8, from France, played her composition "La danse du cygne" (Dance of the Swan) for piano solo.

Eléonore Kaplan, 8, from France, played her composition "La danse du cygne" (Dance of the Swan) for piano solo.

Vera Mariz, 11, from Portugal, played her composition "Perdido num sonho" (Lost in a Dream) for piano, with Laura Estrella on the cello.

Vera Mariz, 11, from Portugal, played her composition "Perdido num sonho" (Lost in a Dream) for piano, with Laura Estrella on the cello.

Lucas Pütter, 10, from Germany, played his composition "Theme and Three Variations" for piano solo.

Lucas Pütter, 10, from Germany, played his composition "Theme and Three Variations" for piano solo.

Elmar Deininger, 12, from Austria, played his composition "Circus Suite" for piano solo.

Elmar Deininger, 12, from Austria, played his composition "Circus Suite" for piano solo.

Elias Sedlmayr, 13, from Germany, played his composition "Latin Party" for piano and ensemble.

Elias Sedlmayr, 13, from Germany, played his composition "Latin Party" for piano and ensemble.

Valeria Cristea Nechita, 9, from Italy, played her composition "Theme and Variations" for piano solo.

Valeria Cristea Nechita, 9, from Italy, played her composition "Theme and Variations" for piano solo.

Improvisation

The Yamaha Music Education System enables young people to recognize any musical theme by ear and to create an entire composition based on it.

As mentioned above, it was Elmar Deininger of Austria who spontaneously improvised on a theme unknown to him, thrilling the audience.

After Mr. Thomas Kärcher docent of the YAMAHA Academy of Music Hamburg had played the two-measure melody, Elmar Deininger commenced his improvisation.

After Mr. Thomas Kärcher docent of the YAMAHA Academy of Music Hamburg had played the two-measure melody, Elmar Deininger commenced his improvisation.

Afterwards, the following young artists continued the evening's program:

Alexandros Tsagatakis, 10, from Greece, played his composition "Cat and Dog" for piano solo.

Alexandros Tsagatakis, 10, from Greece, played his composition "Cat and Dog" for piano solo.

Nathan Hawkes, 11, from the United Kingdom, played his composition, a suite, "Forest in a Nutshell" for piano solo.

Nathan Hawkes, 11, from the United Kingdom, played his composition, a suite, "Forest in a Nutshell" for piano solo.

Lucie Cholley, 10, from France, played her composition "Mon premier pas de danse" for piano four-hands, together with her twin sister Julie.

Lucie Cholley, 10, from France, played her composition "Mon premier pas de danse" for piano four-hands, together with her twin sister Julie.

Daria Cheikh-Sarraf, 11, from Germany, played her composition "Die Freiheit" (Freedom) for piano, vocals - together with all participating young artists from this year's EJOC - and ensemble.

Daria Cheikh-Sarraf, 11, from Germany, played her composition "Die Freiheit" (Freedom) for piano, vocals - together with all participating young artists from this year's EJOC - and ensemble.

Viennese artists and cultural managers also appeared among the numerous guests.

Viennese artists and cultural managers also appeared among the numerous guests.

"Give credit where credit is due!" - to the outstanding young artists, with Mr. Shuji Ito, Executive Advisor of Yamaha Corporation and President of Yamaha Music Foundation, Mr. Kazunobu Yamada, Managing Director Yamaha Music Foundation, Tokyo, Mr. Johann Bozecski, Austria Branch Manager and Mr. Masato Oike, President of Yamaha Music Europe (from left to right)

For further information on the Junior Original Concert, please visit:
ejoc.yamaha-europe.com

(rulö)
(Photo credits: Mannsberger/Yamaha)