Two esteemed Japanese artists — an organist and a violinist — will visit Andover next week as they prepare for a local tribute concert honoring the late Yuko Hayashi, who was a well-known professor of organ at New England Conservatory.
The Parish of Christ Church will host the concert Aug. 22 at 7:30 p.m. The event, featuring the Opus 147 C. B. Fisk pipe organ, will take place in the church sanctuary at 33 Central St.
The performers are organist Tomoko Akatsu Miyamoto and violinist Yayoi Toda. Their classical performance will feature “Entrée” from the Seventh Sonata; Opus 89 for organ by Alexandre Guilmant; Romance, Opus 24 for organ and violin by Otto Olsson; Sonata VI for violin and organ by Johann Sebastian Bach; Sonata for Solo Violin, No. 6 by Eugene Ysaye; Sonate for violin and organ by Hina Sakamoto; and Theme and Variations, Op. 150 for violin and organ by Josef Gabriel Rheinberger.
Here is a closer look at the artists who will perform:
Tomoko Akatsu Miyamoto was born in Tokyo and received her early musical training at Juilliard in New York City and the University of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo.
She was a student of Yuko Hayashi at the New England Conservatory, earning her bachelor of music and master of music degrees, with honors, in organ performance. Her other teachers include Allan Birney, Harald Vogel, Luigi Tagliavini and Klaas Bolt.
In 1980 she received a solo diploma in organ performance from the Sweelinck/Amsterdam Conservatory. An accomplished performer on the clavichord, she has given master classes and performances in Italy, Germany, the U.S. and Japan. In 2018 she was granted professor emeritus from Ferris University, Yokohama, where since 1989 she has taught more than 1,000 students on the Opus 17 Taylor and Boody organ.
Yayoi Toda is an international concert violinist, a graduate of the Toho Gakuen College of Music in Tokyo, and studied at the Sweelinck Music Academy in Amsterdam.
In 1993 she won first prize at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Belgium. In 1996 she won the Young Concert Artists International Audition at Julliard. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1999 and has performed with the London Philharmonic, the Moscow Philharmonic, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of New York, the Bonn Beethovenhalle Orchestra, the Hague Residentie Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Singapore Symphony, the Wuhan Symphony in Shanghai, the Academy of St. Martin-in-the Fields, and many of Japan’s major orchestras. She is professor of music at Ferris University, Yokohama, and adjunct lecturer at the Toho Gakuen College of Music.
IF YOU GO
What: Concert featuring organist Tomoko Akatsu Miyamoto and violinist Yayoi Toda, both of Japan
When: Thursday, Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Parish of Christ Church, 33 Central St., Andover
Cost: $20 for adults, $10 for senior citizens;. Reception follows in the Parish Hall.
More information: Barbara Bruns, minister of music at Christ Church, 978-475-0529