kaoru iwamura / 55 (54*)

the number of spinet keys that the japanese musician kaoru iwamura had at her disposal for her musical contribution


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kaori iwamura's contribution to crimmp_02 centred around the number 3:

her programme featured 3 pieces: _the first piece was minuet by dmitri shostakovich (1906-1975). _shostakovich is known as a composer of large orchestra works, but for ocw kaoru chose one of his rare shorter pieces. _so kaoru started her spinet recital with a creative reduction of shostakovich. _the second piece was sarabande from the french suite nr. 5 by johann sebastian bach (1685-1750). _the third piece, the bells by william byrd (1543-1623), was composed around 1600 in the heydays of the spinet

3 also has a spiritual connotation; 1 point indicates a ‘here’, 2 points draw a line, 3 points form a triangle. _ 3 lays the foundation of a direction and a space, of the circle, the perfection of the sphere ánd instability

the 3 pieces were composed in 3-quarter time, each with its own tempo. _through these seperate movements, they create 3 successive but coherent worlds

* kaoru played her recital with an unvoluntary tone reduction: the D2 sharp-string of the spinet broke prior to the rehearsals. _the replacement we ordered didn't reach the delivery address in time. _fortunately, the composers prescribed the missing tone only 2 times


menuet / dmitri shostakovich

performance saturday 20 november 2010

file size: 900 kb / dur.: 0:45 min



the bells / william byrd

performance saturday 20 november 2010

file size: 6,5 mb / dur.: 5:41 min


kaoru iwamura studied piano at the musachino academy of music in tokyo. _during her master's study, kaoru developed a keen interest in historical performance practice and especially in the fortepiano. _her passion for the fortepiano brought her to the netherlands, where she specialised in fortepiano playing at the the hague and amsterdam conservatories. _she also studied one year at the mozarteum in salzburg as an erasmus-exchange student

in 2006 kaoru received the muzio clementi award in the finchcocks musical museum in england as a specialist in the field of early keyboard instruments for her subtle performances on ten different keyboard instruments built between 1668 and 1866. _as a fortepiano soloist and as an ensemble player kaoru has performed in the netherlands, germany, england, austria, italy and in japan. _in 2008 she was featured in a live broadcast at the dutch avro radio 4 network, playing from the spiegelzaal at the concertgebouw in amsterdam. _in 2010 kaoru became a committee member of the stichting sweelinck collectie, an unique collection of fortepiano’s in amsterdam

kaoru is also engaged in contemporary music. _in faces, a band with the musicians nina hitz, lukas simonis, huib emmer and filmmaker joost van veen, she plays the hammond organ, spinet and arp synthesizer


crimmp_02, kaoru iwamura, spinet recital, 55, ocw, podium voor kleinschaligheden, rotterdam, arnold schalks

photo: nico parlevliet