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Asako Urushihara (Violin)
Asako Urushihara's name came to the attention of the music world in 1983 when she won the first prize at the 2nd International Music Competition of Japan as the youngest winner of the competition. She received the best performance prize for contemporary music as well. In 1986 she was awarded a scholarship to study at the Julliard School under D. Delay. As a winner of the 1988 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, she made her splendid New York recital debut in that year. This was followed by her Washington debut which was highly acclaimed by the Washington Post as a formidable talent.
Since her Tokyo debut at age 13 as a soloist with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, she has been invited as a soloist by such orchestras as the Baltimore Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Hungarian State Symphony, the Trondheim Symphony, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Moscow State Symphony, the Warsaw National Philharmonic, the SWR Sinfonieorchester , the Munich Chamber Orchestra collaborating with such conductors as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Horst Stein, Jean Fournet, Zdenek Makal, Gary Bertini, Varnon Handley, Hans Zender, Antoni Wit, Martin Turnovsky and Jiri Belohlavek and virtually with every major Japanese orchestra.
Acclaimed for her technical command and musical temperament, numerous recitals have taken place including in 1992 her Vienna debut at the Musikverein's Brahms Saal.
She has also appeared at various Festivals such as Marlboro, Wien Festwochen, Kuhumo, Schwetzingen, Darmstadt, Munchen Biennale, Berlin Biennale, Salzburg Festspiel and Musikfestwochen Luzern where she has performed with Rudolf Serkin, Richard Goode, Irvine Arditti and many other artists.
Her many major awards also include the 1987 Arion Prize and the 1990 Mobil Music Award. She has released many CD recordings with various repertoires from classic to modern avant-garde works. Her CD released in June 2003, which was live recording from her concert in 2002 featuring an all Schumann Program (3 Violin Sonatas and 3 Romances), has been highly praised by various newspapers and music magazines for her outstanding performances, which prompted re-appreciation of these works as well as proved her maturity as an artist. In 2004, she again received accolades from numerous print organizations for her performances of the complete Brahms violin and piano sonatas. In June 2005, she released a CD of the same program, which has also received critical acclaim.
In 2006, in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Schumann's death, Asako Urushihara performed violin sonata masterpieces that the composer wrote during his last years. Also, she performed his posthumous violin concerto with the Century Orchestra Osaka for its Schumann Cycles, drawing wide attention and high acclaim.
She recorded complete Schubert violin works with Barry Snyder and Lotus Quartet in 2008 and 2009, which were released in November 2010. With Barry Snyder, she made recital tours with an all Schubert program in 2009 and an all Schumann program in 2010. Each concert made a powerful impression on the audience.
Awarded the outstanding performance award in the recording division of the Agency for Cultural Affairs National Arts Festival in Japan in 2014.
Asako Urushihara is currently a professor of Tokyo National University of the Arts and a specially appointed professor of Osaka College of Music.
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