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Japanese flutist fits Shanghai into busy schedule

SHIGENORI Kudo, one of the world's finest flutists, gave a "Rhythm of the Spring" Trio Concert in Shanghai last month accompanied by Chinese pianist Li Xiaoqian and harpist Chan Yuying.

Born in Sapporo, Japan, Kudo studied at Toho Gakuen School of Music before completing his musical education at the Conservatoire National de Paris with Jean-Pierre Rampal.

He has played in several international competitions and was notably first prize winner in the second Paris International Flute Competition in 1978 and the Jean-Pierre Rampal International Competition in 1980.

Kudo's career takes him all over Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia.

As well as giving many recitals, he is invited by conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Krzystof Penderecki and Ferdinand Leitner to perform with orchestras including Bavarian Radio Symphony, Johannesburg National Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra and the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra.

Kudo is a regular visitor to many international festivals where his chamber music partners include Jessye Norman, Claude Bolling, the Trio Pasquier and the Vienna String Quartet.

Q: You played works for flute by Gabriel Faire, Georges Bizet, Gioachino Rossini and so on in the concert. What's your favorite flute work?

A: I like Bach Sonatas, Poulenc, Prokofiev, Bartok and Mozart. Also, kind of short pieces because they're very musical.

Q: What's on your busy schedule apart from this concert?

A: This year my concert tour will cover countries like Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Japan, China, and Brazil.

Q: How do you describe the relationship between you and the flute?

A: In a word, the flute to me is one of the ways to talk with music.?

Q: You were born in Japan and you also travel a lot around the world to perform. What's your favorite city?

A: I moved to France in 1975 but my favorite city is Sapporo in Japan which is my hometown.

Q: Is it your first time to Shanghai? What's your impression of this city?

A: I have been to Shanghai about five times. I like it very much, because the city has historic stories and cultures, and the food here is wonderful.


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