The Ryogoku Art Festival began in 2015 as a project to explore the possibilities for piano music using Monnaka Tenjo Hall’s Steinway, purchased through fund-raising. A second piano was introduced with the intention of exploring the possibilities for solo piano and two-piano music. With a change of artistic director every year, the festival has become a celebration of distinctive piano music.
Program I Where did we come from? Understanding 500 years of Western music through the piano
Program II What are we? Classical vs Indian music under the theme of “night”
Program III Where are we going? The future of music as outlined by quarter-tone piano
Piano: Satoru Aoto, Asuka Iino, Yumi Oikawa, Kaori Ohsuga, Masanobu Shinoda, Yumiko Segawa, Masakazu Natsuda, Yuiko Yasuda, Daikichi Yoshida
Artistic Director: Masakazu Natsuda
Staff: Yuu Igarashi, Kazunori Kuwata, Kiyotaka Ishikawa, Ayako Fukunaga
Planning and Production: Yaeko Kurosaki
Since its opening in 1989, Monnaka Tenjo Hall, the predecessor of Ryogoku Monten Hall, has introduced and staged an ambitious and varied program of music and performances, ranging from the traditional to pioneering contemporary music. Under the theme of “tradition and modernity,” organizers make efforts to offer a high quality music experience and foster a broad audience base.
Murasawa BLDG 1F, 1-3-9, Ryogoku, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0026
Ryogoku Monten Hall