I’m looking forward to making new friends from around the world and to create wonderful music together! And after rehearsals- to eat lots of ramen!
What would you like to say to fans and supporters of PMF?
Thank you for your continued support in making PMF happen. We are looking forward to sharing great music and experiences with you again!
What advice would you give to 2023 Academy members on how to prepare, and how to make the most of the experience musically?
PMF is a challenging but extremely rewarding experience!
Some advice I would share on the lead-up to PMF:
1. Keep an open mind- everybody comes from different cultural and musical backgrounds which makes PMF so exciting. There’s so much to share and learn from each other on and off the stage.
2. Pace yourself- PMF is a very demanding month. Make sure you take good care of your body and rest when you need to.
3. Get out of your comfort zone- say hello to someone that doesn’t speak your language, organise an impromptu sight reading chamber session, try natto (fermented soy beans)… new opportunities are endless!
What places in Sapporo do you recommend they visit, and why?
Depending on how much time you have:
A quick break between rehearsals- walk around Nakajima Park and visit Yahiko Shrine near Kitara Hall. Try drawing a fortune (omikuji) and see how lucky you are and what your future holds!
Free afternoon- get moving and climb up Mount Moiwa and see the beautiful skyline of Sapporo, or challenge yourself and use Sapporo’s subway system to experience the Sapporo Beer Museum!
Tell us about your current activities, musical and otherwise. (as of April 2023)
I’m about to begin a temporary contract with the Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne, Germany.