Resonance: A Tsunami Violin Concert


Resonance: A Tsunami Violin Concert

Melba Hall


Royal Parade

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This concert commemorates those who lost their lives in Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami on 11 March 2011. It is a reminder that many people are still suffering from the disaster, and that we could still be of some help.

The concert features a tsunami violin, made from debris left by the tsunami on the seashore of Rikuzen Takata, one of the most devastated areas. The sound post of the violin is made of the nearly 280 year-old ‘kisekino ipponmatsu’ (the miraculous lone pine tree), the only survivor of 70,000 pine trees on a 2km-long coastal line. The tsunami violin may evoke images, emotions and memories of great loss, but it is a symbol of resilience and hope.

The concert is also a reminder of the very strong bond between Australia and Japan. Julia Gillard (alumnus of the University of Melbourne) was the first world leader to visit Japan’s tsunami-stricken areas. The Australian government was quick to send a rescue team and food and donated generously through the Australian Red Cross and Pacific Disaster Appeal. In addition, very strong links between the people of Australia and Japan were evident during this difficult time.

Performer: Kana Ohashi (Violin) Melba Hall is one of the most special concert venues for Kana Ohashi, Scotland born Australian-Japanese violinist. She made her concert debut at the age of 11 with Elyane Laussade in Melba Hall. Kana organised a charity concert, ‘Pray for Japan’ for the Tsunami victims with Wilma Smith and Donald Nicolson in May 2011, and won the Dorcas McClean violin competition in the same year - all in Melba Hall. Kana spent the first semester of 2011 as a music student at The University of Melbourne before embarking on her study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and completed a B.Mus, M.Mus and International Artistic Diploma on the International ABRSM Scholarship. Kana has had the privilege to perform at various international concert venues in the UK, Poland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, China and Japan. Her most recent concert engagements include a solo recital at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and solo concert tour with Schlesische Philharmonie in Germany. Kana is now a member of Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig.

Cost: $15.
All income from purchased tickets will go to the Rikuzen Takata city scholarship program to help those who have financial difficulties to continue learning. An individual cannot receive a deductible gift receipt for this payment.

The Centenary of Japanese Language at The University of Melbourne

Mr Moshi Inagaki started teaching Japanese unofficially in 1917 in Melbourne, and The University of Melbourne offered a non-degree Japanese language subject in 1919. We believe that language education is the mediator of intercultural understanding, and the foundation of peace. As we celebrate the Centenary of Japanese at the University, our collective endeavor paves the way for a new generation of scholars to grow the Australia-Japan relationship into the 21st century, and promote peace and understanding through a commitment to the highest ideals of language education. The Centenary celebrations are presented by the Asia Institute and the Faculty of Arts.

This event is supported by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

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