Kaori Muraji: Variations on the Carnival of Venice (F. Tarrega)

Kaori Muraji is one of the most appreciated classical guitarist from Japan. She was the first Japanese artist to have signed an exclusive international contract with Decca Music Group.

Here she plays a composition by Spanish composer Francisco Tarrega, which are the “Variations on the Carnival of Venice”.

” Kaori Muraji is considered one of the most prominent classical guitarists of today,
and her challenges and activities are always regarded with keen interest by the entire classical music community.
Born in Tokyo, Japan Kaori Muraji received her first lessons on the guitar from her father Noboru Muraji at the age of three.
From ten, she continued her studies with the renowned guitarist Shinichi Fukuda.
From quite early on, her presence was dominant in competitions:
1989Won the Junior Guitar Competition
1991Won the Student Guitar Competition for all categories
1992Won the Leo Brower International Guitar Competition ( Tokyo) and the Tokyo International Guitar Competition.
1993Debut recital at Tsuda Hall in Tokyo. Released her debut CD “Espressivo”.
1994Her orchestra debuts with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.
1995She was selected as the soloist to tour with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI on its Japan tour.
1996 In May, the same orchestra invited her to join them in one of their subscription concerts in Turin.
This concert, which was broadcast on TV throughout Europe, marked Muraji’s European debut.
1997She went to study under Albert Ponce at Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris.
1999 She had the extraordinary opportunity to perform for the legendary Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999) two of his compositions, “Tiento antigno” and “El los trigales”.
With her graduation from Ecole Normale that year, she returned to Japan to vigorously pursue her solo career. “
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by Miche Archetto