The Bernstein Centenary Celebration continues with his Second Symphony, The Age of Anxiety¸ with Jean-Yves Thibaudet at the piano.
Each month in the Orchestra’s Playbill, we feature one musician in a question-and-answer segment. Below is that feature in its entirety.
Where were you born? I was born in Tokyo, Japan.
What piece of music could you play over and over again? Bach solo sonatas and partitas.
What is your most treasured possession? My shoe collection.
What’s your favorite Philadelphia restaurant? Lacroix.
Tell us about your instrument. It was made in 1627 by Nicolò Amati.
What’s in your instrument case? In addition to my instrument and the usual supplies, I always have candy and surgical tape.
If you could ask one composer one question what would it be? I would ask Bach what his real hair looked like under that wig.
What piece of music never fails to move you? The second movement of Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major.
When did you join the Orchestra? In 1995, when I was 2...
Do you play any other instruments? I play the piano but people probably don’t know I can also play the double bass.
What’s your favorite type of food? Everything.
What books are on your nightstand? Hard copy or e-reader? Cookbooks. Hard copies.
Do you speak any other languages? Just English and Japanese.
Do you follow any blogs? No.
Do you have any hobbies? I love cooking. And I’m crafty.
Do you have a favorite movie? The Princess Bride.
Is there a piece of music that isn’t in the standard orchestral repertoire that should be? Prokofiev’s Scythian Suite.
What’s on your iPod? I don’t have an iPod.
When was the first time you heard The Philadelphia Orchestra? When I was four I began listening to my father’s collection of Philadelphia Orchestra records.
Other than Verizon Hall, where is your favorite place to perform? Carnegie Hall.
Photo by Jessica Griffin