The first time Mami Hagiwara heard the Youth Orchestra of Caracas (YOC) was in Vienna in 2012, when the orchestra was on a tour of Europe under the baton of Dietrich Paredes. She was thrilled at the musicians’ passion and could not wait to share the stage with them. Finally, her time has come: next Saturday, June 8, at 5:00 p.m. the talented Japanese pianist will join the YOC for Edvard Grieg’s Concerto for piano and orchestra in A minor, op 16, at the Simón Bolívar Hall of the Center for Social Action through Music.
Mami Hagiwara rose to international attention as pianist after winning the first prize at the 65thGeneva International Music Competition in 2010. “Thanks to this competition I won recognition and many people knows my music now,” said who at age 13 won the 27th Palma D’Oro International Piano Competition.
“I have wanted to come here and share the stage with the orchestra since I saw it in Vienna. Finally, the dream came true! The Youth Orchestra of Caracas plays music with passion and respect. That is fundamental to success. Playing with them makes me very happy, mostly because its conductor works with the same passion,” explained the pianist.