The Gibraltar Philharmonic Society is privileged to present the First Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, Daishin Kashimoto in a recital with pianist Éric Le Sage on Tuesday 14th March 2017 at 8:00pm at the Convent Ballroom. The concert is sponsored by Parasol Foundation.
Daishin Kashimoto is First Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic and a soloist in high demand across the globe. When he was three years old, his parents gave him an array of toy instruments: piano, clarinet, flute etc. But the one Daishin Kashimoto liked best was the violin, because it gave him two different “toys” – violin and bow – to use at the same time. And so it also became “his” instrument, on which he had his first lessons from Kumiko Etoh in Tokyo. In 1986 he went to the Juilliard School of Music in New York as a young student in the Pre-College Division; in 1990 – first in the preparatory school, then as a full student – he moved to the Lübeck Musikhochschule. From 1999 to 2004 he was a pupil of Rainer Kussmaul at the Freiburg Musikhochschule.
Daishin Kashimoto, who grew up in Japan, Germany and the USA, has already appeared as a soloist with many international orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, Orchestre Nationale de France, Bavarian and Frankfurt Radio Symphony orchestras, Dresden Staatskapelle, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Czech Philharmonic as well as the NHK Symphony. He has performed with conductors Seiji Ozawa, Lorin Maazel, Semyon Bychkov, Sir Simon Rattle, Mariss Jansons and Charles Dutoit amongst many others.
He is first prize winner of a long list of competitions, including the 6th Menuhin International Junior Violin Competition in England in 1993, the International Competition for Violinists in Cologne in 1994 and in 1996, both the International Fritz Kreisler Violin Competition in Vienna and the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Competition for Piano and Violin in Paris. Daishin lives in Berlin with his family. He plays on a violin made by Andrea Guarneri, 1674.
Éric Le Sage is established as one of the leading pianists of his generation and a famous representative of the French piano school, regularly boasted for his very subtle sound, his real sense of structure and poetic phrasing. Already when he was 20 years old, the Financial Times had described him as “an extremely cultivated disciple of the great French tradition of Schumann piano”. In 2010, die Zeit, praised his “ideal French piano aesthetics and clarity”
Éric is invited to perform as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Saint-Louis Symphony Orchestra, the SWR Symphony Orchestra, the Bremen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Gothenburg Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic,, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre National d’Ile de France, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, with conductors like Edo de Waart, Stéphane Denève, Louis Langrée, Michel Plasson, Michael Stern, Sir Simon Rattle…
The programme will feature compositions for violin and piano by G. Fauré, J. Brahms and C. Franck.