Interview with Fumiaki Miura

Last month I 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 caught up with Japanese violinist Fumiaki Miura who will be performing on TODAY (Saturday 17 June at 1pm). You can still buy your tickets for £20 here.

You can also check out my interview with Daishin Kashimoto, another performer who will be playing as part of the Avex Recital Series on 22 July!

Please introduce yourself.

I’m a violinist, sometimes a violist and a music lover . 

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

My parents are both violinists and when I was 3 years old they gave me the smallest size violin as a toy. What inspires me to play? It feels like a long journey, because there is no end until you finish to search the miracles in the music and for me violin is the instrument.

Who are your greatest musical inspirations?

I love listening to old masters recordings since I was a child.  But in my real life I was lucky enough to know wonderful musicians like my first teacher Tsugio Tokunaga, Pinchas Zukerman, Itamar Golan, Akira Eguchi, Julian Rachlin, etc…

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

I don’t want to compose and not necessary because there are already too many wonderful pieces by great composers.

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

I love going out, eating, drinking, meeting my friends, reading and shopping.

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

When I make my recital program, always thinking of how to make a variety. So this time I’m playing Dvorak’s Romance, Stravinsky’s Divertimento, and Beethoven’s 10th sonata.

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

I’m just looking forward to play at the legendary Wigmore Hall to make my London recital debut, and hope to see lots of music lovers there.

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