Naoko Matsui

violin
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Naoko Matsui, Violin

The soloist violinist with Orfeo Stillo Orchestra at the Immaculate Church of Crotone on 28 December 2014. Winner of the 1st Absolute Prize and the Golden Medal at XIII Paola City International Young Musicians Competition S. Francesco Prize (2015), the 1st Prize at X Greci City International Music Competition (2015), Golden Prize "In occasion of XXI Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition" (2014), the 1st Prize at XVI Vincenzo Scaramuzza International Competition 2013, the 1st Prize at XV EUTERPE International Music Competition 2013, the 1st Absolute Prize with Golden Medal at VIII Luigi Denza International Young Musicians Competition (2013) and the Golden Medal of VII Luigi Denza International Young Musicians Competition (2012) at the Quisisana Palace of Castellammare di Stabia, the 1st Prize of XIX International Music Competition "Vittoria Caffa Righetti" at San Francesco Church of Cortemilia (2011), and two Honor Prizes at the T.I.M. (2012 in Paris France Final Series / 2008 Namur Belgium Series), etc.

Began the first violin lesson at the age of four years old and gave the first solo concert at the same year. Became soloist for the first time with orchestra at eleven years old for Doppelkonzert by Johann Sebastian Bach. One of the last pupils of Ex.-President Toho Gakuen School of Music (University) Toshiya Eto and his spouse and Ex.-Guest Professor Angela Eto until beginning more studying and concert career in EU (mainly in Belgium). During those studying gave the world premiere performance of “Mudai (Without Title)” for violin solo by Gou Hashimoto during Italo-Japanese International Contemporary Music Seminar by Italian composer Giaccomo Manzoni. Since 2002 began more violin studying and concert career in Belgium. Collaborated with the late Belgian composers Henri Pousseur, Hao-Fu Zhang and Jean-Marie Simonis during Belgian Contemporary Music Seminar “Chambre d’Écho” at Royal Music Conservatory of Brussels in French Section and Chapel of Boendael (Brussels). Graduated from “Institut Supérieur de Musique et de Pédagogie” of Namur / Namen (IMEP, Belgium) in Master’s degree of Arts at Primus in the Violin Class of the late Prince Alexandre Igor Leterme-Tkatchouk of Belgium with “grand distinction” for the final result and twice of “the greatest distinction” for the violin as principal instrument in 2007.

Shortly afterward became concert soloist for the First Violin Concerto by Niccolò Paganini with “Orchestre Symphonique de Namur (OSN, Belgium)” conducted by Michel Déom on the OSN Gala Concert 2007 at IMEP Church-Concert Hall of Namur / Namen on 24 November 2007, Christmas Concert at “La Plante” Church of Namur / Namen on 23 December 2007, Saint-Christophe Church of Hannut on 19 April 2008, Saint-Martin Church of Leuze on 25 April 2008, and espeially Collégiale Notre-Dame and Saint-Domitianus of Huy / Hoei on 01 June 2008, for Their Majesties the 6th King Albert Second of Belgium, 6th Queen Paola of Belgium, the then 5th Queen Fabiola of Belgium, the spouse of the late 5th King Baudouin of Belgium, the then Prince and present 7th King Philippe of Belgium, the then princess and present 7th Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Princess Astrid of Belgium, Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Prince Laurent of Belgium, Princess Claire of Belgium, Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, Prince Gabriel of Belgium, Prince Amedeo of Belgium, Princess Maria Laura of Belgium, Prince Joachim of Belgium, Princess Luisa Maria of Belgium, Princess Laetitia Maria of Belgium, Princess Louise of Belgium, Prince Alexander Igor Leterme-Tkatchouk of Belgium, the then Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme, the President of Flemish Regional Government Kris Peeters, and the then Mayor of Hoei / Huy Anne-Marie Rizin. During concert career mainly in Belgium and Italy, obtained also the Soloist Diploma after the performance of Violin Concerto by Richard Strauss (2010) and the Concert Artist Diploma (Diplôme de Concertiste ; 2009) at “Institut de Musique Eugène Ysaÿe (Music Institute ; IMEY)” with each result unanimo-maximum. And successfully completed Postgraduate Music Program in Violin by “Erasmus Hogeschool of Brussel“ of EU at Koninklijk Muziek Conservatorium van Brussel (Flemish Royal Music Conservatory of Brussels, 2011, Belgium) in the violin classe of Prince Marek Zygmunt Leterme=Rosenberg-Kowalski of Belgium. On 12 April 2013 debuted in Slovenia in the framework of Svirél Upol International Music Festival's solo concert, there performed "Giga / Gigue" from Partita No.2 by Johann Sebastian Bach at Saint-Maria Church of Stanjel Slovenia for His Majesty the 6th King Albert Second of Belgium.

Since 2012 began living in Germany, there obatained the German National Artistic Qualification in Violin issued by Johannes Brahms National Music Conservatory in Hamburg in May 2014 and immediately afterall enrolled to the “Concert Exams” Program for more Soloist career in Germany. Also in Germany debuted as soloist in Germany for "Winter Concerto" from „The Four Seasons“ by Antonio Vivaldi and “Adagio” from Doppel Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdi with pianist Matthias Nilsson and the Orchestra for Abschlusskonzert Festival Cortinas 2013 conducted by Pedro Cortinas on 16 October 2013 at the Chappel of Gastle-Guesthouse Tannenhöhe of Villingen. There also performed "Summer Concerto" from “The Four Seasons” by Antonio Vivaldi on 29 August 2014 with the Orchestra for Abschlusskonzert Festival Cortinas 2014 conducted by Pedro Cortinas. In 2014 debuted as the soloist violinist in Austria for Concerto No.3 “Strassburg” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with Savaria Symphonieorchester at Festsaal of Casino Baden on 26 July, in the framework of the Wiener Musikseminar 2014; International Masterclass for Conductors and Soloist with Orchestra of Martin Sieghart in University for Music and Performing Art Vienna (mdw; Universität für Musik und darstellende Künst Wien) and debuted as a soloist also in Italy with Orchestra “Orfeo Stillo” conducted by Fernando Romano for Chaconne by Tomaso Antonio Vitali, Cantabile by Niccolò Paganini for Violin and Orchestra Version of Giuseppe Arnaboldi, Doppel Concerto by Johann Sebastian Bach with Giuseppe Arnaboldi, Romance by Ludwig Van Beethoven at Immaculate Church of Crotone on 28 December 2014, after winning at XVI Vincenzo Scaramuzza International Competition 2013.

Since October 2014 Naoko Matsui became a Rostered Artist at Price Rubin & Partner as soloist violinist with orchestra for Sponsored Concert Program. In 2015 performed also solo part of "Suite in Old Style (Suite im Alten Stil)" by Alfred Schnittke with Johannes Brahms National Music Conservatorium Orchestra for twice concerts at their Concert Hall in Hamburg on 27 February 2015 conducted by Krzysztof Skladanowski and the Redeemer Church (Erlöserkirche) of Hamburg on 28 February 2015 conducted by Leon Gurvitch, professor of the orchestra conducting at Johannes Brahms National Conservatory in Hamburg. At the same time of concert performances "The Naoko Matsui Interview" mit Moonpeel CEO and Co-Founder Gaëtan Lerminiaux, "Naoko Matsui Radio" program by Jango Radio and "Moonpeel Teaser" with Brahim Rachiki had been on-air since end of 2015.

This year 2016 began with Naoko Matsui's New Year Solo Violin Concert "Le Petit Concert du Sablon de Nouvel An" at Jacob Norden Fine Antique of Sablon in Brussels Belgium on 10 January 2016 and debuted in Berlin as soloist for the First Violin Concerto by Niccolò Paganini on 23 January 2016.

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NameMatsui, Naoko
Date of Birth1979-04-05
Main languageGerman
Additional languages Dutch; Flemish,  French,  Spanish; Castilian,  Italian,  English,  German,  Polish,  Ukrainian,  Croatian,  Russian,  Chinese,  Korean,  Japanese 
attended UniversitiesJohannes Brahms National Konservatorium, Erasmus Hogeschool Brussel/Koninklijk Muziek Conservatorium van Brussel, Eugène Ysaÿe Institute of Music, Institut Supérieur de Musique et de Pédagogie, Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Bruxelles, etc.
Reviews
Concerto pro Paravati
2015-01-07 Corriere del Sud, Crotone
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....Superbo possiamo definirlo il Bach,"Concerto in re minore per due violini e orchestra" .


La Naoko affiancata dall'impareggiabile violinista Giuseppe Arnaboldi e da un'orchestra coesa e sicura, ha saputo imprimere un risultato fatto di linee orizzontali in preferenza a quelle degli accordi arpeggiati o ribattuti.


U n capolavoro di armonia e polifonia dove ogni singolo elemento forma un tutt'uno con l'opera stessa, creando atmosfere armoniche, fra le profondità del sentimento religioso e la fantasia creativa.


Opera grandiosa dove orchestra e solisti formavano un unico corpo teso a rendere al meglio il significato artistico e morale della musica Bachiana.


Molto bella la conosciutissima Romanza op. 50 di Beethoven, dove, al di là delle difficoltà tecniche la pura cantabilità ha avuto il dominio assoluto. ....


....Naturalmente, applausi calorosi ed un bis dedicato al "Cantabile" di Paganini hanno coronato uno sforzo artistico che la Beethoven con le sue molteplici iniziative porta avanti ormai da anni.


Siamo sicuri che avremo modo ancora di risentire la Naoko per altri e più importanti appuntamenti artistici.

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Concerto pro Paravati
2015-01-07 Corriere del Sud, Crotone
"....Due realtà molto belle che hanno avuto un riscontro ed una partecipazione molto sentita.

La violinista NaokoMatsui mirabilmente sostenuta da un'orchestra veramente in gran forma, ha dato il massimo sia sotto il profilo tecnico virtuosistico sia sotto quello strettamente musicale.


Suono caldo, sostenuto da una cavata ed un dominio dell'arco veramente molto calibrato, hanno permesso all'artista Naoko, già Primo Premio al Concorso Internazionale "V.Scaramuzza" , di rendere al massimo la potenza espressiva e tecnica della famosissima Ciaccona di Vitali, dove anche l'orchestra ha saputo sostenere e dialogare con grande professionalità.

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Consenso di pubblico e critica per l'esibizione della violinista Matsui all'Immacolata
2014-12-30 La Provincia Kr, Crotone
"Applausi per l'orchestra "O.Stillo" e la violinista Naoko Matsui, domenica scorsa (28 dicembre), in occasione del concerto organizzato dalla società Beethoven, presso la chiesa dell'Immacolata. Il concerto era inserito nella stagione concertistica, dedicato ai grandi classici per violino e orchestra, da un lato, e finalizzata ad un'opera sociale per reperire fondi per la chiesa di Paravati ancora in costruzione, dall'altro. La violinista Naoko Matsui, mirabilmente sostenuta dall'orchestra crotonese, ha dato il massimo sia sotto il profilo tecnico virtuosistico, che sotto quello strettamente musicale. Un suono caldo, sostenuto da una cavata ed un dominio dell'arco veramente molto calibrato che hanno permesso all'artista Naoko (già primo premio al concorso Internazionale "V. Scaramuzza") di rendere al massimo la potenza espressiva e tecnica della famosissima Ciaccona di Vitali. L'orchestra ha saputo esprimere con virtuosismo individuale e collettivo una potenza strepitosa già dal brano di apertura, il concerto in sol minore di Vivaldi. Superbo possiamo definirlo il Bach, "Concerto in re minore per due violini e orchestra". La Naoko affiancata dall'impareggiabile violinista Giuseppe Arnaboldi e da un'orchestra coesa e sicura, ha saputo imprimere un risultato fatto di linee orizzontali in preferenza a quelle degli accordi arpeggiati o ribattuti. Un capolavoro di armonia e polifonia dove ogni singolo elemento è sembrato un tutt'uno con l'opera stessa, creando atmosfere armoniche, fra le profondità del sentimento religioso e la fantasia creativa. Molto bella la conosciutissima Romanza opera 50 di Beethoven, dove, al di là delle difficoltà tecniche, la pura cantabilità ha avuto il dominio assoluto. ....Naturalmente, applausi calorosi ed un bis dedicato al "Cantabile" di Paganini hanno coronato uno sforzo artistico che la Beethoven con le sue molteplici iniziative porta avanti ormai da anni."
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Die nächste Generation Musiker
2009-04-14 Frankfurter Allgemeine,
"Beeindruckend war, was die in Belgien studierende Japanerin Naoko Matsui in der betühmten g-Moll-Chaconne von Tommaso Antonio Vitali an Klangsinn und technischem Können zeigte; das Stück hält einige Passagen bereit, die der Spielerin in der Ausführung viel abverlangen: Doppelgriffe, Springbogen und komplizierte Figuren. Matsui spielte sehr selbstbewusst und impulsiv, was gelegentlich ihre Klavierbegleiterin ins Hintertreffen brachte. Diese seltenen Momente, in denen es kleine Mängel in der Präzision gab, überhörte man aber angesichts der Intensität des Spielens gerne."
(Christian Dijkstal)
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