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who’s who: Sayaka Shoji (庄司 紗矢香 Shōji Sayaka), Classical Violonist

Sayaka Shoji

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Sayaka Shoji in Strasbourg, February 2014.

Sayaka Shoji (庄司 紗矢香 Shōji Sayaka?, born 30 January 1983) is a Japanese classical violinist. She is the first Japanese and youngest winner (after Lenuta Ciulei) at the Paganini Competition in Genoa in 1999.

She was born into an artistic family (her mother is a painter, grandmother is a poet) and spent her childhood in Siena, Italy. She studied at Hochschule für Musik Köln under Zakhar Bron and graduated in 2004. Her other teachers have included Sashko Gawrillow, Uto Ughi and Shlomo Mintz.

Zubin Mehta has been her strong supporter. When Shoji auditioned for him in 2000, he immediately changed his schedule in order to make her first recording with the Israel Philharmonic possible in the following month, then invited her to perform with Bavarian State Opera and Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Since then many prominent orchestras have invited Shoji, including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and WDR Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Lorin Maazel, Yuri Temirkanov, Myung-whun Chung and Semyon Bychkov.


The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Conducted by Zubin Mehta
July 2000, Deutsche Grammophon
  • Louvre Recital
Itamar Golan, Piano
September 2001, Deutsche Grammophon
Itamar Golan, Piano
December 2003, Deutsche Grammophon
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Conducted by Myung-Whun Chung
October 2005, Deutsche Grammophon
  • Beethoven Sonata 2&9
Gianluca Cascioli, Piano
2010 Deutsche Grammophon
  • Bach & Reger Solo Works
2011 Mirare

Sayaka Shoji records with Deutsche Grammophon and performs on the 1729 “Recamier” Stradivarius on loan from Ryuzo Ueno, Honorary Chairman, Ueno Fine Chemicals Industry, Ltd.

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Make Music Part of Your Life: Nicolai Glinka – Russlan and Ludmilla Overture – Performance by Yevgeny Mravinsky conducting the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra.

Performance by Yevgeny Mravinsky conducting the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra.
*****violinthief: “Though most of my uploads are of singing, I am actually an orchestral musician. Here is a recording of one of my favorite conductor/orchestra combinations. The string playing here is second to none.”

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Mikhail Glinka
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Fabulous Compositions/Great Performances: Weber Invitation to the Dance

April 2003- Weber, Invitation to the Dance

Maestro Edvard Tchivzhel returns to St. Petersburg, Russia to once again conduct the St. Petersburg Philharmonic for the 100th anniversary of the legendary Yevgeni Mravinsky. 

“He is, simply put, a master… There is an authority and authenticity in Maestro Tchivzhel’s music making that is indisputably commanding and communicative.”– Yo Yo Ma 



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Piotr Ilich Ceaicovski: 1812 OvertureFamous and very spectacular performance with chorus by the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Famous and very spectacular performance with chorus by the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy.

The Year 1812, Festival Overture in E flat major, Op. 49,[1] popularly known as the 1812 Overture or the Overture of 1812 is an overture written by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1880 to commemorate Russia‘s defense of Moscow against Napoleon‘s advancing Grande Armée at the Battle of Borodino in 1812. The overture debuted in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow on August 20 [O.S. August 8] 1882.[2] The overture is best known for its climactic volley of cannon fire, ringing chimes, and brass fanfare finale.
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1812_Overture)