Open Journal / Recent concert performance reports by Naoko Matsui alias Goryo Goryokaku

10. Mar, 2018

A reply E-mail of the result of admission to attend 5. Chursächsiche Meisterkurse ; Violin Masterclass by Professor Gerhard Schulz made me enough surprised because I was expecting as if I would be received "Leider nicht Nachricht" as usual in Germany. The compulsory repertory for the Violin Masterclass was one of the Violin Concertos by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart which was only the one I was not learning among the all of the first five, yet (whether you can agree with Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 6 or not yet).

Although the venue town Bad Elster looked like other Badestädt ; Bad Kissingen as "Bäderland", Sindelfingen (even the Spa Hause was becoming a music school for Violinstudien), Marienbad, etc., the atomosphere of the Masterclass was ultra calmer than the others (of course, I profitted this atomosphere, well).

Here's the program ;



5. Chursächsiche Meisterkurse / Violin Masterclass by Professor Gerhard Schulz (05 - 10 March 2018, Sonnenhof Bad Elster, Bad Elster Germany)


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ; Violin Concerto No. 2 KV211 whole movements (Cadenzas / Goryo Goryokaku)


Goryo Goryokaku, Violin

accompanied by official pianist of 5. Chursächsiche Meisterkurs / Violin Masterclass by Gerhard Schulz



Professor Gerhard Schulz' methods for playing this Violin Concerto No. 2 by Mozart were clearly and really classical. I followed all of his advices easily and also clearly and completed the my first learning of this Violin Concerto No. 2 by Mozart During his three violin lessons. In true, his Violin Masterclass had been finished today, one day before the expected ending date.


P. S. The arrival of the Masterclass Diploma (for me) of 5. Chursächsiche Meisterkurse by post made me really astonished just before going out in the evening on Saturday 17 March 2018. It also made me being at a little bit loss, whether to carry the Masterclass Diploma with me or back to my study to place it. Again thanks.

4. Mar, 2018

The recent snow never disturbed my concert (or recital) trip to Massa Italy for the second time after winning at IV Concorso Internazionale di Esecuzione Musicale Clara Wieck Schumann in last Spring. Also the concert program had been decided and agreed with the organizer very comfortably and the pianist agreed with me for the accompaniments, immediately. Approximately 11 months of waiting for this Concerto Premio (Concert Prize) was not too long to be realized, finally. Here, I still remind my Concerto dei Vincitori (The Winners' Concert) at the Aula Magna of Felice Palma on 30 April 2017, there I had been received the invitation letter for this time.

Here's the program ;




Concerto del Palma (2017 / 2018) / Vincitorice del Concorso "C. W. Schumann (02 March 2018, Aula Magna del Liceo Artistic e Musicale "Felice Palma", Massa MS Italy)


Camille Saint=Saëns ; Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso Op. 28

Henryk Wieniawski ; Fantasie sur des motifs de l'Opéra "Faust" de Gounod Op. 20

Niccolò Paganini ; La Campanella from Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor Op. 7


Bis / Encore : Dinicu - Heifetz ; Hora Staccato alias Hora Spiccato


Naoko Matsui alias Goryo Goryokaku, Violin

Aleksei Iaropolov, Piano Accompaniment



Here, I wrote the concert program in actual order on 02 March 2018 at Aula Magna in Massa because the printed program was written in order of Saint=Saëns - Paganini - Wieniawski.

Absolutely, Rondo Capriccioso by Saint=Saëns was suitable for the beginning of this recital as its soloist violinist with Vienna International Orchestra conducted by Maestro Robert Lehrbaumer at Kirche Halbturn (Church) on 15 July 2017. 

As I performed Fantasie sur des motifs de l'Opéra "Faust" de Gounod by Wieniawski on the concert at Smetana's Museum of Prague on 08 Februar 2018, it was exactly "ready to go" for it.

And La Campanella from Violin Concerto No. 2 by Paganini was my winning program with Violin Concerto No. 1 by Paganini for X. Concorso Internazionale di Musica Trofeo Città di Greci (2015), I should absolutely perform it at the end of this concerto.

Additionally, it was the third time to play Hora Spiccato / Hora Staccato by Dinicu - Heifetz for the bis after twice of concerts in Hamburg (Germany) and Boca Raton (U. S. A.).

Can I say it that I was really happy also for this time that I could make the Audience mostly satisfied as usual ? Is it also the cause that I was reminding the streets in Massa without being lost ? More than three times of standing ovations never justify to blame this concert, I'm sure.

After performing on the concert, I, Maestro Iaropolov and the organizers wenn to having a pizza together. This time, I heard their very sincere making history. 

"Sentiamo !"

"Ci Sentiamo !"

"Grazie !"

"Grazie !"

"Grazie !"

....  etc.

Although it is as usual to walk on the fresh night streets also in Massa, zeit geht so schnell, and it was also too short.

11. Feb, 2018

An introduction (rather I want to call it "invitation", if you agree with me) from the Director of the Violin Masterclass in Prague arrived at me just on the last Christmas (!) and I was adjusting for it with him, of course (and very well). What's more, the real surprise this time was adding one more concerto with orchestra for the concert on 10 February 2018. Many beautiful surprises coming to me but I had been told ;

"People envies you. Play more, Alucard !!"

And it began in Prague.

First of all, I missed the welcome meeting at Italian Cultural Institute (Prague) on 05 February 2018 because I fell asleep in my room during the daytime. However, it neither disturbed me and the Director nor made me sick, at all. I don't know why but it took 40 minutes to Italian Cultural Institute (Prague) that included false route walking and it also took 40 minutes to be there even without being lost on the streets. Only the last two concert days the route took approximately 20 minutes by foot on the same streets (why ?).

Professor Sciarretta gave me 5 violin lessons at Italia Cultural Institute (Prague) in order to prepare the 3 repertories for 2 Concerts with very nice and ultra powerful advices with saying ;

"We need making new (Machen wir etwas Neu) !"


"I have idea (Ich habe Idee) !"

repeatedly during the lessons.

One of the participants was complaing that the piano accompaniment for Ciaconna by Tomaso Antonio Vitali (Charlier Ed.) was delayed but never in my cases (rather, their performance was not bad at all).

Here're the programs ;



Concert at Baroque Music Hall of Italian Cultural Institute (10 February 2018, Prague Czech Republic)



Antonio Vivaldi ; Inverno / Winter Concerto in f minor Op. 8 RV297

Antonio Vivaldi ; Estate / Sommer Concerto in g minor Op. 8 RV315


Goryo Goryokaku (五稜郭五稜) alias Naoko Matsui (松井直子), Violin

Jan Svejkovský, Conductor

Interpreti di Praga



Concert at Music Hall of Smetana's Museum (09 February 2018, Prague Czech Republic)


Henryk Wieniawski ; Fantaisie sur des motifs de l'opéra "Faust" de Gounod Op. 20


Naoko Matsui (松井直子) alias Goryo Goryokaku (五稜郭五稜), Violin

Stanislav Gallin, Piano Accompaniment



Violin Masterclass in Prague - February 2018, in the Framework of Italia Arte Fest Music and Arts Academy / Violin Masterclass by Professor Maurizio Sciarretta (05 - 10 February 2018, Italian Cultural Institute, Prague Czech Republic)


Antonio Vivaldi ; Inverno / Winter Concerto in f minor Op. 8 RV297

Antonio Vivaldi ; Estate / Sommer Concerto in g minor Op. 8 RV315

Henryk Wieniawski ; Fantaisie sur des motifs de l'opéra "Faust" de Gounod Op. 20


Goryo Goryokaku alias Naoko Matsui, Violin



"Congratulations, Naoko !"

"Congratulations !!"

After the concert I had been adviced for an intonation issue during my performance of Estate / Sommer Concerto by Vivaldi with the orchestra. However, the both Professors also continued ; 

"But the performance level is completely different ! It's high !!!"

"Your level is so different ! You're different from after Marienbad (in last Sommer) !!!!"

"You're changed !!!!!"

There, I finally confessed to them that I need to continue like this time and um so weiter, whether I was called Naoko or M. Matsui or Alucard or ....

"Thank you, Raven, oder M. Matsui !"

On the night streets in Prague.

1. Jan, 2018

Rehearsal photo ; during the rehearsal for Premio Vincenzo Terenzio Concorso Musicale Internazionale Città di Cerignola at the Auditorium of Sporting Club (Cerignola FG Italy) on 06 December 2017. Left ; Naoko Matsui alias Goryo Goryokaku (Violin), Right ; Nicole Brancale (Piano)

Happy New Year 2018 and wish your Great New Year 2018.

The festival mood before, during and after playing on the Competition Winners Concert at Teatro Mercadante of Cerignola (Italy) continues until Christmas and even this New Year's Day. It yet surrounds me even also here in Germany. It was not too late to run to Brussels before Christmas and I had been on time to watch Silvester's long fireworks display in Germany, fortunately.

As I have the new concert program in this year, I can occupy myself not only with their perfections (but comfortably) but also other appearance opportunities already, before enjoying celebrating the Silvester's fireworks and the New Year's midnight moon, at the same time of those adjustments.

Watching my competition results during the last year ; 3 of Competition Winnings (1 Primo Premio Assoluto / 1 First Absolute Prize, 1 First Prize and 1 First Classificato / 1 First Classification), 1 of each of Second, Third and Fourth, and Premio Intercultura (Intercultural Prize) and some of the newest documents for coming music events hurry me with few of them which are already for the next year 2019 (!!). Therefore, I need the newest diary for the next year, already.

10. Dec, 2017

Audience photo ; during Concerto dei Vincitori / Winners Concert of Premio Vincenzo Terenzio Concorso Musicale Internazionale Città di Cerignola on 08 December 2017 at Teatro Mercadante (Cerignola FG Italy), taken by Goryo Goryokaku alias Naoko Matsui

After the extension of my contract with Price Rubin & Partners by the end of this October, I found a strange chance to find Premio Vincenzo Terenzio Concorso Musicale Internazionale Città di Cerignola from Germany. Immediately, I began the preparation for this competition at the same time of my recent concert programs and came to Cerignola.

Premio Vincenzo Terenzio had two venues ; Teatro Mercadante and Sporting Club (which had a real auditorium by a nice pool). The rehearsal began in the evening of the first day. There, I had enough time to be relaxed and ready to play my turn at the auditorium of Sporting Club. As the result of this time, I had been awarded the Second Prize and Premio Intercultura / Intercultural Prize, and informed to perform an unaccompanied violin solo piece in 3 minutes maximum on the Winners Concert at Teatro Mercadante in the evening with wearing formal concert costume. I told them my program choice for the evening concert immediately and we agreed each other on the same stage in front of all of the Audience. Here's the program ;


Concerto dei Vincitori (Competition Winners Concert) del Premio Vincenzo Terenzio Concorso Musicale Internazionale Città di Cerignola (08 December 2017, Teatro Mercadante, Cerignola FG Italy)


Johann Sebastian Bach ; Giga in d minor from Partita No. 2 BWV1004


Naoko Matsui alias Goryo Goryokaku, Violin (unaccompanied Violin Solo)



Another pianist winner was ultra-exciting after the result announcements and began the competition narration on the streets. There was so many people on the way to Teatro Mercadante who was greatly expecting the Winners Concert at Teatro Mercadante in a festival sensation to jeer me for example ;

"Alucard !"

"Hey, Alucard !"

"Alucard, vai al Teatro !"

"Alucard va suonare stasera a Mercadante !"


I heard that there was an audience of 376 at the Winners Concert. During waiting my turn, I was always talking with the Secretary of the Competition or the Concert Progressor by the stage (!) ;

"Scusa, quando suonerò io ?"

"Ti chiama, ti chiama !"

poco dopo ;

"Scusa, quando suonerò io ?"

"Quando ti chiama !!!"

und so weiter.

Finally, I had been called on the stage to play Giga by Bach after the introduction of Premio Intercultura (Intercultural Prize).

"Bravo !" 

"Bravo !!"

The stage of Teatro Mercadante was really comfortable to play within its acoustics and the thunderous applauses with shouts rushed me on the stage twice because I had been called on the stage again in the end of the concert.

After the end of the concert, a man who introduced himself to me as the son of Vincenzo Terenzio and asked me how I found Premio Vincenzo Terenzio. I replied him honestly and normally in the most warmful appreciation to my concert even in front of the Teatro, but only he seemed to be shuddered on my answer, I don't know why.