Utah Symphony performs in the BRAVO! series


An emerging Japanese violinist, Fumiaki Miura, accompanied the Utah Symphony in a performance Nov. 20 in the BRAVO! series here on campus.  The Utah Symphony has come to BYU for an annual performance, each year with a new professional musician.

Fumiaki Mirua will solo with the Utah Symphony this upcoming Thrusday.  Mirua is a famous violinst that has traveled and performed with many symphony's and orchestras throughout the world.  This will be his first performance at BYU. (BYU Photo)
Fumiaki Miura will soloed with the Utah Symphony Nov. 20. Miura is a famous violinst who has traveled and performed with many symphonies and orchestras throughout the world. This will be his first performance at BYU. (BYU Photo)

Hillary Hahn, a world-renowned violinist who performed at BYU with the Utah Symphony a few years ago, is excited to have another professional violinist here again.

The program will present European classics by the famous Czech composer Antonin Dvorak and French compser Camille Saint-Saens. The symphony will then feauture Fumiaki Miura on the violin. Theirry Fischer will conduct the orchestra.

The 21-year-old Fumiaki Miura is the 2009 first-prize winner of the International Joseph Joachim Violin Competition in Hannover, Germany. Miura began playing the violin when he was 3 years old. He has studied in the Vienna Conservatory and regularly attends master classes with famous musicians such as Pavel Vernikov, Jean Jacques Kantrow and Zakhar Bron.

Miura also won first place at the International Violin Competition Hannover in 2009 and won both the Critics as well as the Audience award.

“The Utah Symphony comes once every year and, on occasion, more than once,” said producer of the BRAVO! series Jeff Martin. “It is really important to nurture the ties between a live professional orchestra and our university. Having the symphony here also allows patrons to see them closer rather than drive up to Salt Lake City.”

Martin explained that the Utah Symphony usually brings a guest artist with them or a guest conductor. It’s important for the students to experience a variety of soloists, so this will be a good opportunity for many of the music students and others to see a professional musician that is close to them in age.

Miura has also performed with many professional orchestras including the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic and many others.

Miura will be featured in the middle of the program, with “My Home” being played before him and “Symphony No. 7” being played after. Miura will play the Violin Concerto No. 3.

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center. Tickets will be $20 and can be purchased at arts.byu.edu or at the BYU ticket office on campus. Senior citizens and BYU alumni get $3 off. BYU students and employees get $7 off.

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