|Midori Komachi’s ‘RVW150 Project’ in the UK and Japan continues with her Japanese translation of Vaughan Williams’s biography by Simon Heffer
MIDORI KOMACHI’S ‘RVWPROJECT’
continues with the Japanese translation of Vaughan Williams’s biography, alongside her dual-language album of the composer’s music for violin and piano, tie-in concerts and events in Japan, and a sell-out 150th birthday concert at the composer’s childhood home, Leith Hill Place.
(photo: Mayumi Hirata)
Further information about Midori Komachi’s RVW150 Project
SIMON HEFFER’S BIOGRAPHY OF VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
– JAPANESE TRANSLATION –
Originally published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in 2000 and now translated into Japanese by Midori Komachi and Professor Nobuya Takahashi (Keio University).
Published by Artes Publishing in November, this will be the first Japanese publication of a biography of the composer.
|WHAT IS MIDORI KOMACHI’S RVW150 PROJECT?
Violinist, writer and composer, Midori Komachi, who has developed a diverse career in bridging UK and Japanese cultures through music, is on a mission to bring the music of British composer, Ralph Vaughan Williams, to a wider audience during ‘RVW150’ in 2022; the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth.
Komachi’s Japanese translation of Vaughan Williams’s biography is due out this autumn and takes its place alongside her new album of the composer’s music for violin and piano released in the summer; tie-in concerts and events in Japan, and a sell-out concert at the composer’s childhood home, Leith Hill Place, on the composer’s exact 150th birthday.
RVW150 PROJECT IN JAPAN
As part of the ‘RVW Project’, Simon Heffer’s biography of the composer, ‘Vaughan Williams’, (originally published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in 2000), has been translated into Japanese by Midori Komachi and Professor Nobuya Takahashi (Keio University). Published by Artes Publishing this autumn (November), it will be the first Japanese publication of a biography of the composer.
The launch forms part of a series of related performances, talks and interviews, devised by Komachi, to draw attention to this major international anniversary which has already generated interest from the leading Japanese classical music title Record Geijutsu, as well as interviews on BBC Radio 3’s Music Matters and the BBC World Service.
Actively promoting British music in the UK and Japan, Komachi has been particularly noted for her performances, publications and recordings, and the RVW Project builds on her hugely successful 2017 ‘Delius Project’, which included the publication of her Japanese translation of Eric Fenby’s ‘Delius as I Knew Him’.
“My RVW Project aims to disseminate the music of Vaughan Williams to a wider audience in the UK and Japan, through an album release, publications, performances, films and talks”, explained Komachi.
DUAL LANGUAGE ALBUM NOW RELEASED
Released this summer on her own label, MusiKaleido, ‘Vaughan Williams: Complete Works for Violin and Piano’, features Komachi and her recording partner, Simon Callaghan, in repertoire encompassing the wide-ranging styles of Vaughan Williams’s music, from those rooted in folksong to dramatic symphonic sonorities reflecting the composer’s life experiences.
“…RESONATES BEYOND NATIONAL BOUNDARIES.”
“Through this recording and my associated events, I hope that listeners will be inspired by Vaughan Williams’s complete sound world, which not only illustrates the beauty of nature and folksongs, but also reveals the most conflicted human emotions. His music speaks to us directly, and this is why I believe it resonates beyond national boundaries.”, said Komachi.
Midori Komachi’s ‘Vaughan Williams 150 Project’DUAL LANGUAGE ALBUM RELEASE
‘Vaughan Williams: Complete Works for Violin and Piano’
MusiKaleido MKCD002 (July 2022)
The Lark Ascending (1914)
Romance and Pastorale (1912-14)
Six Studies in English Folksong (1926)
Violin Sonata in A minor (1954)
Information and order details
Available as CD and download from Amazon, online platforms and through Midori Komachi’s website:
As featured on BBC Radio 3’s Music Matters with Tom Service
Released alongside the album, Vaughan Williams’s ‘Romance’ for violin and piano, with its local connections to Leith Hill Place, has inspired the production of a music video filmed with the artists on location:
150th BIRTHDAY CONCERT
12 October 2022, Leith Hill Place, Surrey – SOLD OUT
A special concert to celebrate Vaughan Williams’s 150th birthday on the exact anniversary, with Midori Komachi and Simon Callaghan performing all the works on the new album, a talk on The Lark Ascending, and a new film made by the National Trust.
TRANSLATION OF VAUGHAN WILLIAMS BIOGRAPHY INTO JAPANESE
Simon Heffer’s biography of the composer, ‘Vaughan Williams’, translated into Japanese by Midori Komachi and Professor Nobuya Takahashi (Keio University) – the first Japanese publication of a biography of the composer – published by Artes Publishing, Japan in autumn 2022, where a series of related performances and talks will take place.
Support for ‘RVW150 Project’
A Japanese Crowdfunding campaign will invite audiences to become further involved in the project.
The project is supported by the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust, the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society, The Nimbus Foundation, Archery Music Promotions, Artes Publishing, and the Sasakawa Foundation.