Interview with Daishin Kashimoto

I recently blogged that the Avex Recital Series is coming to Wigmore Hall this summer, which is a great chance for you to see some young Japanese musical talent on stage in London.

I’m pleased to bring to you an interview with violinist Daishin Kashimoto, who will be performing on Saturday 22 July at 1pm. You can buy your tickets for £20 here.

First things first, please introduce yourself.

I am Daishin Kashimoto, violinist, Japanese national, born 1979.

Why did you choose to play the violin? What inspires you to play?

Apparently, as a child I was given several toy instruments to play on, but was always unsatisfied with just holding one toy. Playing the violin meant having the violin itself and the bow at the same time, so I could hold two toys at once! I think there is inspiration in anything, it can be a landscape, a picture, a person, sounds, smells, food, love, hate, war, peace, really anything. You just have to be able to find and feel it.

Who are your greatest musical inspirations?

All the great artists from the past are always inspiring. On my specific instrument, I would have to name David Oistrakh, Nathan Milstein, Yehudi Menuhin as being especially inspiring.

Do you compose your own music or prefer to play other composers’ pieces?

I unfortunately have no talent in composing.

When you are not playing the violin, what do you like to do?

I am a social person most of the time, so being with other people, friends and family are wonderful times. Also playing with my baby daughter is a lot of fun as well!!

Tell us about the pieces you are performing at the Wigmore Hall.

We have an interesting program with completely different kinds of pieces. Starting with a beautiful Mozart Sonata, the very definition of pureness and beauty for me. The Szymanowski Myths are a group of three wonderful pieces, inspired so much by nature, and it’s sounds. Looking very much forward to how the acoustics of the Wigmore Hall will support us for the huge variety of colors needed for these pieces. The Grieg Sonata is a highly romantic piece, one I have loved for so many years, but haven’t had that many chances of performing. I recorded this piece when I was 22 years of age, and it has stayed one of my favorites!

What are you looking forward to most about performing in London?

As written above, the Wigmore Hall has one of the most impressive acoustics for a chamber music hall of that size, and it is always such a pleasure to make music there. London itself is also of course an extremely exciting city and always fun to be in. As a London-born person, it is also a tiny bit of homecoming as well!

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