Trinity Laban Principal, Professor Anthony Bowne, and Head of Strings, Nic Pendlebury, have returned from successful visits to key Tokyo music institutions in November and December 2014.
The first visit was to Tokyo University of the Arts, the top performing arts university in Japan. Earlier in November, Nic conducted the University’s string orchestra in a rehearsal of Elgar's Serenade, and then spent time at the Kunitachi Music Academy, performing Benjamin Britten’s Lachrymae for viola and piano, holding auditions and giving a talk on life as a professional musician and education in the conservatoire sector. Nic ended his Japanese visit by giving a masterclass at the prestigious British School in Tokyo.
Later in November Professor Bowne met with Ryohei Miyata, the President of the University, and the Dean of the Music School, Professor Kazuki Sawa, to discuss potential options for collaboration.
Professor Bowne comments: “I was enormously impressed by Tokyo University of the Arts, and it was wonderful to see the students practicing traditional Japanese music and Noh theatre. I’m delighted to announce that Professor Sawa, an acclaimed violinist, will be joining us at our Faculty of Music in London to lead a strings masterclass on 28 January 2015.”
In December Professor Bowne also gave a talk at the Japanese Society for Dance Research National Conference. He also met the British Ambassador to Japan, Tim Hitchens, and the Director of the British Council, Jeff Streeter, at the British Embassy, to discuss Trinity Laban’s long relationship with Japan and future opportunities for engagement.
Nic agrees: “The experience was hugely rewarding. They are all such talented students, I was incredibly impressed as to how quickly they took on board everything I was saying”.
The visits coincide with the launch of Trinity Laban’s new Japanese language mini-website –– which provides essential information for prospective students and their families and teachers.
Picture caption – Professor Anthony Bowne (l) striking the gong made by President Ryohei Miyata, an accomplished sculptor