Growing up between Hong Kong, New Zealand, Switzerland and Britain, it’s only natural that violinist Midori Komachi’s perception of sound is inherently tied to a sense of place. A student of British and Japanese classical music, Komachi’s soaring violin recitals touch on a “constant source of tension and release”, exploring the relationships between architecture, landscapes, colour and sound. The soloist cites inspirations ranging from Glenn Gould and Gauguin to English composer Frederick Delius, the latter about whom she has translated books into Japanese. Tune in to hear how anime shaped her choice of career, the physicality of playing the violin, and the transformative power of aural vibrations.
"My whole journey with sound really started from the environment I grew up in. My Father is a huge fan of KEF speakers and every weekend would begin with a huge blast of Goldberg Variations by Glen Gould. And listening to those sounds as a child made me feel that music is a part of me."
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