Ensemble Tōzai repertoire

Performances by Ensemble Tōzai include a unique blend of music of Japanese traditional and western contemporary origin. All of the music is carefully chosen, commissioned or arranged to embrace the essential nature and shared spirit of the collaboration by these four wonderful musicians. A rare treat for audiences all over the world.

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Japanese traditional music

Improvisations and arrangements of Japanese traditional music and melodies. Titles include Michi Gaku, Tsuru no Sugomori and Kokiriko Bushi.

Contemporary repertoire

Works by British composers include Bolt by Graham Fitkin and Shūso (Autumn Frost) by Julian Johnson featuring the shakuhachi.

Works by Japanese composers include Birds in Warped Time by Somei Satoh, the violin sonata by Godzilla composer Akira Ifukube and Afar by Yoichi Togawa.

Commissioned works

Ensemble Tōzai regularly collaborates with and commissions new works from living composers for special projects. The most important work in this category is Toru’s Mist by the extraordinary Gavin Bryars written for a nationwide tour of the United Kingdom as part of Japan 2001.

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January 2nd 2016
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Chamber Music Concert with the Carducci Quartet – Kings Place – 6 May 2018

SUNDAY 6 MAY 2018 at 6.30PM Reiko is absolutely delighted to be returning to London Chamber Music Society at Kings Place in London, this time joined by the brilliant Carducci Quartet in a concert featuring Schumann's wonderful and mighty Piano Quintet, preludised by his moving Widmung in the Liszt transcription. J Haydn String Quartet in D Op. ...
January 1st 2016
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Recital – Purcell Room, Southbank Centre – 14 May 2018

MONDAY 14 MAY 2018 at 7.30pm Reiko is very excited to be invited back to the Purcell Room in the opening season following renovation. Programme: Toru Takemitsu Rain Tree Sketch II Thomas Adès Mazurkas interval JS Bach Goldberg Variations BWV 988 Ticket information to come. Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
June 6th 2017
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Violin and Piano Recital – Winchester Cathedral – 6 Jun 2017

TUESDAY 6 JUNE 2017 at 1:00pm Looking forward to performing in this wonderful setting with my good friend and violinist David Juritz. Programme: Beethoven Sonata no.9 in A major op.47 "Kreutzer" Wieniawski Polonaise de Concert in D major op.4 No tickets required Winchester Cathedral, The Close, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9LS
May 17th 2017
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Recital – Brentwood Cathedral – 17 May 2017

I am delighted to be returning to Brentwood Cathedral to perform on WEDNESDAY 17 MAY 2017, 1:00PM. Playing a part of the Cathedral's Centenary celebrations is very special, so I am looking forward to such a lovely setting and concert. Programme to be announced No tickets required. Brentwood Cathedral, Ingrave Rd, Brentwood ...
March 31st 2017
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Recital – Oita, Japan – 31 Mar 2017

FRIDAY 31 MARCH 2017 7:00PM Following her series of concerts in the UK, Reiko is delighted to bring her programme to Oita, Japan: Haydn Andante con variazioni Beethoven Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 (‘Appassionata’) interval Chopin Sonata in B minor, Op.58 Otonoizumi Hall, Iichiko Culture Center, Oitaa, Japan
March 8th 2017
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Clara 2019

Clara Schumann, née Wieck 1819–1896 To celebrate the bicentenary of Clara Schumann in 2019, Reiko will be performing Clara's music throughout her programmes. One special recital we have planned is 'Clara and Robert: The Marriage Diaries'. Combining the music of Clara and Robert Schumann, Reiko investigates how the pair talk to ...
January 20th 2017
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Recital – Sheffield Cathedral – 20 Jan 2017 

FRIDAY 20 JANUARY 2017 1:15PM Sheffield Cathedral Reiko looks forward to her lunchtime recital at the splendid Sheffield Cathedral. Programme: Haydn Andante con variazioni Beethoven Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 (‘Appassionata’) No tickets required. Sheffield Cathedral, Church Street, Sheffield S1 1HA 

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