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Estere Kajema
Upper Sixth
Hallward's House

Advanced Performance Platform for Reina Kameyama

Advanced Performance Platform for Reina Kameyama

On Monday 21st November, Reina Kameyama gave a performance in the Joseph Cooper Music School. It is not a secret to anybody that Reina is an incredible pianist, but not that many of us have actually heard her perform.

Reina started off with a beautiful piece called Liu Yang River, by an incredible Chinese composer Wang Jian-Zhong. It seemed like her fingers were flying over the black and white keyboard. Reina hypnotised all of us, we could not breathe because we were scared to miss one note. Reina is obviously very passionate about her music and her technique is brilliant, it is as precise and secure as Swiss trains!

The next piece was Allegro by Beethoven. It is a beautiful piece indeed, but Reina’s talent only made it sound deeper and stronger. I am sure that if Beethoven was still alive, he would not let anyone but brave Ms Kameyama perform his music!

Danza de la moza donosa, or Dance of the gracious maiden, is a melancholic and delicate piece by an Argentinian composer, Alberto Ginastera. I found this piece very difficult to listen to, as it most definitely, is something that I have not heard before. I very much respect Reina for how she completely understood the piece and made it sound so honest, so true and so sincere. The audience were spellbound and could not take their eyes off Reina’s fingers. After the concert, I went up to her and realised that my fingers are twice as long as Reina’s, and yet she manages an amazing reach.

Her fourth piece, A la Albeniz, or An imitation of Albeniz, was by a Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin, which also, is a very difficult piece to perform. After that, Reina played Three Night pieces by the incredible Peter Sculthorpe, and I could see how Reina’s skill was just getting more and more obvious by the minute as she relaxed into her playing.

Finally, she played Chopin, who is my most favourite composer. She performed Scherzo No 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 31. Before Reina I have heard this piece being played by Mikhail Pletnev, who is considered to be one of the most gifted and incredible pianists in the world, and I have to admit, Reina is not that far off his standard which is praise indeed. Chopin is a very difficult composer to understand and play, you have to be a very morally and emotionally strong personality and I thought Reina did brilliantly.

Hallward’s House is incredibly lucky to have Reina amongst us and I, personally, hope that in a couple of years, when Reina becomes a world-renowned musician, she will not forget us, we will certainly remember this evening for a long time to come.

5 December 2011

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