August 6, 2022 Kyoto Concert Program Notes


Junko Sakimura – Marimba & Cimbalom

Graduated from the Department of Percussion Instruments, Kunitachi College of Music. He studied marimba with Akiko Suzuki, Tomoko Kusakari, Shinichi Ueno and Tomoyuki Okada. He studied Tsimbalom with Yasuko Kano. After graduating, starting with a recital in 1990, he has been active in the Japan premieres of Stravinsky's The Fox (Japanese version), Kurták's Stefan's Tombstone and Concertante, and Costello's IL SONGO. In 2017, he also appeared in BS Tele East "Music Crossing". Overseas, he participated as a representative of the 3rd World Tsembalom Congress (1995) held in Slovakia as a representative of Japan, appeared on Slovak television, was featured in Pravda newspaper, etc., and performed in Germany, Switzerland, Canada, China, etc., and has been well received.

In addition, the orchestra was co-starred with Seiji Ozawa, the Saito Kinen Orchestra Concert "Dutieu/ The Mystery of the Moment", which was broadcast nationwide on NHK, and the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, He has performed with major orchestras including the Nagoya Philharmonic.

Contract artist of Japan's largest marimba manufacturer "Korogisha neoria Co., Ltd."

Main performance activities

  • Tshimbaron (Tsinbaron, Chimbaron)
    • 2020 Recital at Kyoto History Museum Annex Hall
    • 2017 Guest at BS Teleto "Music Intersection" and introducing Tsimbaron
    • Union Aichi Classical Concert ~With Mei Philharmonic Takeshi Oi (conductor) Nagoya Philharmonic Kodaly: Suite "Hari Jánosz", Debussy: "Slower Than Lent"
    • 2009 Miyazaki International Music Festival ~ Experimental Concert "Renald for Four Singers and Ensemble" conducted by Charles Dutoit Miyazaki International Music Festival Chamber Orchestra Hudson Shad
    • Nagoya Philharmonic ~ Dutilyu: "Tree of Dreams" Michael Christie / Yuzuko Horigome Violin
    • Sendai Philharmonic 225th Regular Concert ~Dutille "The Tree of Dreams" Pascal Vero conductor Olivier Charlier Violin
    • From 2008 to 2009, he was in charge of background music for Dai-ichi Life's social contribution activities TV commercials.
    • 2008 Singer-songwriter Shioon Yukawa's album participation
    • 2007 Cytou Kinen Orchestra Concert Henri Duthieu / The Mystery of the Moment: Seiji Ozawa
    • The 309th New Japan Philharmonic Concert Kurtark/ "The Monument of Stephen" (Japanese premiere) Directed by Christian Arminck
    • The 605th Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra Subscription Concert Kodai/ Suite "Hari Yanosh" and other performances by Stephen Sloane
    • The 430th Yomiuri Japan Symphony Orchestra Regular Concert Stravinsky / Music Drama "The Fox?" Genagy Rozhdestvensky
    • The 428th Yomiuri Japan Symphony Orchestra Subscription Concert Kurtak Concert (Japan Premiere) Directed by Gert Albrecht
    • At the 359th New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra's Regular Concert, conducted by Christian Arminck, Kurták "… quasi una fantasia… op.27" (2003/10/2)
    • Koday "Hari Yanosh" performed at the 544th Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra Subscription Concert under the direction of Lawrence Foster (2002/2/8)
    • Cimbalom part of Dutilleux 'Tree of Dreams' directed by Pascal Velo at the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra (2001/12/7)
    • "Movement and Static: Two Aspects" (Directed by Ryunori Numajiri, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra) hosted by Tokyo Opera City, performs "De Stijl (Time)"
    • Kotaro Sato conducts the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra and plays Kodaay's "Hari Yanosh". Broadcast nationwide on NHK Educational Television (1999)
    • Mr. Masahiro Izaki, Conductor, Tochigi Prefectural Symphony Orchestra and Kodai "Hari Yanosh" (1996)
    • Participated in the 3rd World Tsimmeron Congress (1995) [Bratislava, Slovakia]as a representative of Japan. Appeared on Slovak television. It was picked up by Pravda and others.
    • Suntory Summer Special
      • Music of the 20th Century (1991)[サントリーホール]
    • Twin Barom Joint Recital (1990)[音楽の友ホール]
  • Marimba
    • Recital "Marimba Alive!" 3" (December 27, 1997) (album on sale)[国立芸術小ホール]
    • Recital "Marimba Alive!" 2" (July 5, 1997) (album on sale)[国立芸術小ホール]
    • Cross Culture '94 Appearances (1994) [Eolian Hall, London, Canada]
    • Recital "Marimba Alive!" (1994) (album on sale)[von Kuster Hall, London, Canada]
    • Radio Western International FM Recital (1993)[カナダ にて]
    • Co-starring with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and Marimbatorio (1990)[オーチャード・ホール]
    • NHK FM Recital (1989)
  • Piano
    • Suntory Summer Special
      • Music of the 20th Century (1991)[サントリーホール]

Educational Activities

  • NHK Educational TV, One-To-Dong, etc., Marimba's little lady
  • Yuri Rhythmic Class Lecturer
  • Lecturer <子どものリトミック> Correction
  • Lecturer, London Japanese Heritage School [カナダ にて]

etc. and now Music School Organizer