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

25. Jul, 2017

Since after attending Wiener Musikseminar 2014, I received some informations of AMA = Altenburger Musik Akademie and since 2015 I was having contact with AMA office. Once my registration troubled them, once their offer troubled me and, we agreed each other to realize two weeks of Masterclass Session "Solo & Orchester" this year finally, thanks to their unbelievably beautiful offer ; performing Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Camille Saint=Saëns Op. 28 at Kirche Halbturn and L'Estate = Sommer Concerto by Antonio Vivaldi Op. 8 RV315 at Stift Geras with VIO = Vienna International Orchestra (for both, of course) after "Solo & Orchester" Masterclass by the AMA Artistic Director and the Conductor of Vienna International Orchestra Professor Robert Lehrbaumer. Here's the program of the first concert ;


Halbturner Schloßkonzert 2017 / Orchestergala (15 July 2017, Kirche Halbturn, Halbturn Austria)


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


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

Robert Lehrbaumer, Conductor

Vienna International Orchestra



The AMA 2017's venue is Stift Altenburg, there Maestro / Professor Robert Lehrbaumer gave me twice of Masterclass Lessons with his own piano accompaniments before twice of rehearsals with VIO, in order to adjust my interpretations with his orchestra conducting with detailled perfection requirements. During these lessons and sessions, I simply surprised and impressed to his precise instructions for realizing each detailled phrase interpretations in his piano accompaniments. 

Two rehearsals with VIO had been at Auersperg Palais in Vienna, instead of Stift Altenburg. As Vienna is just between Altenburg and the first concert venue Kirche Halbturn (Church), we went to Halbturn directly after the second rehearsal. Although I don't live in Austria alone yet, I never have been lost myself on Viennese streets because I was knowing some places already since my childhood and I sometimes come to Vienna to give concerts and attend some violin lessons. Tripping from Hamburg to Altenburg (outskirt of Horn) was not too difficult, even I don't know whether the nearest city of Altenburg is Vienna or Sankt Pölten, yet.

The concert had been ausgebucht and I was ready to perform Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Camille Saint=Saëns with VIO and Maestro Lehrbaumer. Simply saying, I just performed as all what I wanted to interpretate in Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Saint=Saëns on the stage of Kirche Halbturn with following all of advices of Maestro Lehrbaumer. Then, I was in the center of roaring long applauses.

After ending this concert, I had been invited to dinner party in the restaurant in Schloß Halbturn as the soloist violinist. Before going to there, I had been explained that Flemish Government Officials came to the concert and they showed other guests a part of my competition winning history during the dinner party. I was tasting them happily and reminding what I was doing more, little by little. 

Before midnight, I and Maestro Lehrbaumer yet rest in the restaurant and he introduced me the major part of the AMA organizers. They readily allowed me to listen their making histories not only about AMA but also Vienna Golden Hall of Musikverein and other major venues until being asked to close the midnight restaurant by the owner, then we returned to Stift Altenburg in witching hour.  

15. Jun, 2017

Since beginning of this year (mostly), I was longing and waiting for playing on XX Concorsi Internazionali di Musica della Val Tidone and my wish had been fulfilled also this time. Before coming to Pianello Val Tidone (the competition venue), I was confusing as if this Music Competition were one of the French Competition due to the city name. Fortunately, the competition venue in Pianello Val Tidone and the nearest and official hotel in La Gatta which was situated just after the border of Castel S. Giovanni (the nearest train station of the hotel and the competition venue) seemed to be not too far from Milano (Linate ; the nearest airport) and Piacenza (stopover before Castel S. Giovanni and the scheduled venue for the Concerto dei Vincitore of XX Concorsi Internazionali di Musica della Val Tidone) from Google Map. However, as the Competition office prepared selling a kind of "service cards" for the hotel reservation and the shuttle bus among Pianello Val Tidone, La Gatta and Piacenza, Pianello Val Tidone was much farther than Castel S. Giovanni (the nearest train station) from La Gatta. I didn't buy this "service card (in my case it was called full card)" and it had been discarded. At least, it took more than 45 minutes but less than one hour from Castel S. Giovanni to the official hotel of the competition in La Gatta by night foot due to absence of taxies and busses. The gentle curb of the main street (?) before La Gatta caused me a kind of illusion in thick grass ; it was much smaller than I was seeing or feeling. 

When I was panicked on the street (before the border of La Gatta - Castel S. Giovanni), the number of the official hotel of the Competition in La Gatta was not valid and the hotelier of another one which I was staying in Caramanico Terme previously replied and encouraged me. I heared that my absence calls to the competition staffs and its official hotel in La Gatta were connected to the hotel of Caramanico Terme several times, I don't know why. After this conversation, I began walking back to the small Piazza (before the grass road area). It was in front of a house one before the last three vacant houses at the border, a person explained me how to go to the hotel clearly and I could arrive at there, finally.

There were at least two buildings of Comune di Pianello Val Tidone ; the new theater building as the competition office and the old building where I played. The official pianist rejected my accompaniments for 2nd Mvt. of Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major by Niccolò Paganini Op. 6 (due to duration limits) and Sonata No. 2 in e-flat minor by Flint Juventino Beppe Op. 56. He also lied as if I were not paying neither registration fee of the competition nor the accompanist's fee and he was not knowing how to play the piano (!) hysterically in front of me, one of the competition secretaries at the old building of Comune di Pianello Val Tidone and other Japanese competitors. As its conclusion, the competition office explained me their severe causes or situations and refunded me the accompanist's fee after the verification of my registration status on the place, together. And the Competition Jury granted me immediately to change my competition program completely to 3 movements of Partita No. 2 in d minor by Johann Sebastian Bach BWV1004 (for unaccompanied violin solo), after the urgent discussion between the Jury and the chief secretary in front of me.

Just after playing on my Competition at the old building of Comune, I had been told "Don't think to play also at Conservatorio di Piacenza, Goryo !" during lunch time in Pianello Val Tidone. In true, the Award Ceremony and the Winners' Concert had been held at the same room of Comune di Pianello Val Tidone (not the new communal theater building but ancient one in a small square) instead of Conservatorio di Piacenza, immediately after the award ceremony in the afternoon of the same day. There, I had been awarded 3. Class. (written result name on my competition diploma) with the Medal Award. However, I had been celebrated in front of the audiences unbelievably warmly with unbelievable long and big applause and I felt as if something hauting me had been left.

When I just went out by the competition venue, a woman came just in front of me and panicked by a glance at myself or my Competition Diploma ;

"Scusa, Sir ! Dov'è hai ricevuto questa diploma ?!"


"Signola, lei aveva la terza class. La premiazione ha stata lì, giusta. Ha anche vinto ? Però, ha stato adesso finita e ora è troppo tardo per Lei." 

Another woman replied her instead of me, calmly and gently. The panicked woman ran into there and no longer I don't know her consequences.

I yet wonder why this competition had not been held at the nearest hotel where I was staying because all of us could not find other hotels in Pianello Val Tidone, Piacenza, Castel S. Giovanni or La Gatta (this hotel was situated just after the entrance of La Gatta from Castel S. Giovanni).

5. Jun, 2017

From the next morning of the Award Ceremony of IX Concorso Internazionale di Esecuzione Musicale Città di Airola, I immediately came to Caramanico Terme (Pescara Region). Before this tripping, I was troubled about the preparation in Germany due to too many line crossings and false informations of accommodations in each destination town, especially to Caramanico Terme (after Airola), recently. However, I surely heard "Naoko, ......... (actual existed hotel name) !" twice even in the severely-crossed lines and I could finally prepare for my competition trip also to Caramanico Terme. 

My arrival in Caramanico Terme had been welcomed not only by staffs but also a small female bat "Paola". She was flying in a corridor, especialy in front of my room. This bat was very sympatic to me and she tried enterring in my room from a too small aperture between the door and my violin case. I wondered where another bat(s) were because I remind a past dream of this hotel (which I saw in this February ?), there there were at least 4 bats flying in the hotel passages. 

In Caramanico Terme, I participated in XVI Concorso Musicale Internazionale "Paolo Barrasso". This competition had been held at Parco delle Terme of Caramanico Terme instead of Chiesa San Domenico which was also called "Auditorium San Domenico" as one of the main concerts venues in Caramanico Terme. There, every competitor included me performed as "Esibizione" in front of many audiences. Once I performed on the stage of Parco delle Terme, I was waiting for my result until the final award ceremony on 04 June 2017.

The award ceremony was crowded with many competitors and gallery until the outside of the hall building. I had been awarded the Primo Classificato (First Classification ; written result name on my competition diploma) with the Golden Medal Award in the end of the ceremony with the great applause. After ending the ceremony, my stayed hotel prepared a course dinner for this celebration.

"Naoko ! Are you number one ?!"

"Si, ho vinto."

"Congratulations, Naoko ! Number One ! .....Mmmmm (with reading my diploma), it's not bad at all ! Caramanico in the World !! (with watching my Golden Medal) Wow!! How nice it is !!!"


The Chef brought me all dishes together because the midnight was almost coming. Only I was in the night restaurant and satisfied for everything ; the result(s), award(s), dinner, staying and accommodations, trippings, etc. It was about my 9th competition winning....

During staying in Caramanico Terme, San Domenico was always closed when I visited. I had been warned not to take the entrance photo nor climb on the entrance stairs, in order to avoid unwanted disasters. And nobody concerned to the Competition neither visited nor talked about San Domenico in Parco delle Terme at all, as far as I know. During this short staying in Caramanico, I literally "envisionned (?)" a completely dark, vertically long and very deep solid building-like box. At its bottom, yet enough shallow but magma was waving and I shocked.

31. May, 2017

The crepuscule sunk the Neapolitan mountain of two noses completely in the perfect ruby red sky and I went to Airola to play on IX Concorso Internazionale di Esecuzione Musicale Città di Airola.

I had been welcomed by Cinzia very warmly in the first dark night and Cinzia made Spaghetti Aglio Olio e Peperoncino (Spaghetti with garlic, oil and hot pepper) for my supper.

Every morning, I went to Istituto Superiore Alessandro Lombardi of Airola in order to rehearse and listen to the competition program at Auditorium of Angelo Raffaele Capone in the institute. The Auditorium and the entrance of the Istituo was always crowded with huge number of competitors and the audiences. It was not entirely that I could listen, but I think I could listen, mostly. It was only on 27 May 2017, the date of my audition I could rehearse with my pianist finally, but at Mille E Una Nota Music School. We rehearsed my entire program twice and went to the Auditorium immediately.

Every evening, I had dinner party or festa and lunch party for my last lunch in Airola with the Cindaci. There, I heard only once that one of the members was shouting "Ho visionalizzato che Alucard e lei !!!", I don't know why.

During my turn at the Competition, I always wondered why the piano (in the center of here-jointed photo which I took after the Award Ceremony on 28 May 2017) was put too frontward of the stage, that caused me to play just in front of the center stage stairs without moving to by the pianist. Then, I had been announced my First Prize on the same stage, but on the right edge because the piano was moving in the back after finishing the audition.

In this competition, the 1st Prize winner should be awarded on the final award ceremony at Auditorium of Angelo Raffaele Capone of Istituto Superiore Alessandro Lombardi of Airola on 28 May 2017 evening and of course, I presented there and had been awarded my 8th First Prize by the Vice Sindaco Maestro Carmine Antonio Influenza with taking the award photo and shook hands also with the Sindaco Maestro Michele Napoletano. In this ceremony, I heard finally that IX Concorso Internazionale di Esecuzione Musicale Città di Airola had 1200 competitors.

I felt how happy I was when I could say simply "Ho vinto." to Cinzia, when she asked me my result. I received Cross Choker Pendant to be celebrated at the end of the award ceremony. I had been celebrated and celebrated.

After the departure from Cinzia's, I yet continue talking ; 

"....9 kaime, ikuka ?"

me ; "Un (Yes), iku (I will), ka (otherwise / oder ?) ....."

"Konotabi Yusyo 8 Kaime, Omedetou ! Imakara 9 Syo-Me, ikuzo !!"

me ; "Yeah !!" 


in truth.

3. May, 2017

Massa is near to Pisa and Firenze. Whether my plane arrived at Bologna instead of Firenze, I did not being late to play in Massa.

No methods to accustom myself to waiting for the competition results announcement after my turn (performance). I was behind the tall clarinettist to wait for my result announcement as well as the others. But, how miraculous competition I've ever seen ! I, a clarinettist soloist and a wind piano quartett became Primo Premio Assoluto winners in the morning sun shone. After the announcement of my Primo Premio Assoluto 100 / 100 by a gentle voice at last and the detailled instruction for our Competition Winners Concert (Concerto dei Vincitori), nobody stopped long and radiant applause in Aula Magna of Liceo Artistico e Musicale Felice Palma of Massa until noon.

In this competition, Primo Premio Assoluto winners should perform the extract of the competition program also at Competition Winners Concert (Evening Concert) in the same evening of the competition, in order to receive the wun Prizes definitively and finally. There, I was happy to be announced also to play, so that made me did not have to feel my fatigues until the end of the evening concert, yet. Here's the program of the concert ;


Concerto dei Vincitori (Competition Winners Concert) del IV Concorso Internazionale di Esecuzione Musicale "Clara Wieck Schumann" (30 April 2017, Aula Magna of Liceo Artistico e Musicale Felice Palma, Massa MS Italy)


Niccolò Paganini ; Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major Op. 6, 3rd Mvt. (Rondo)


Naoko Matsui alias Goryo Goryokaku, Violin

Alexei Yaropolov, Piano Accompaniment



It was just after winning, I had been demanded "Congrats for your 7th winning ! Then, go to win your 8th First Prize !!!" immediately with great joy and determination. Yes, I want to win more, of course. During the competition, the result reports are always announced by regional radio news program when I go to the restaurant. This time, I greatly rejoiced that my competition winning had been repeatedly announced with my name ; Naoko Matsui alias Alucard De Lucia.

It was the first time that the sudden and big applause stopped me at the center of the 3rd Mvt. (Rondo) by Violin Concerto No. 1 by Niccolò Paganini during Winners Concert. There, Accompanist M. Alexei Yaropolov smiled me to continue as usual until the last note. His accompaniments were sure and I could perform with much less fatigues during both the competition and the concert. Fortunately, the bigger and longer applause came to me after finishing the last note. And I, the aforesaid clarinettist and the wind piano quartett could shake hands each other and say simply "Complimenti !" "Mille grazie !" each other after the concert, finally. 

On the next day of the competition and the winners concert, I had been celebrated warmly in a clean and fashionable restaurant. Even there, further planning for more concerts and their preparations were never forgotten but it was also enjoyable. After returning in Hamburg at yesterday, the newest career developing as a violinist or an violinistic aim had been suggested. Once it really surprised me by their concepts which are ultra-persuasive however, I agreed with them after their instructions. And my recent recordings monopolized #1 - #3 in Top 100 N1M Charts again this week. Here are the links to listen or watch them ;


Johann Sebastian Bach ; Doppelkonzert in d minor BWV1043 1st Mvt.

Goryo Goryokaku alias Naoko Matsui and Giuseppe Arnaboldi, Violins

Fernando Romano, Conductor

Orfeo Stillo Orchestra


Audio vers. ; Bach Doppel 1st Mvt. / Video vers. ; Bach Doppel 1st Mvt.


Niccolò Paganini - Giuseppe Arnaboldi ; Cantabile in d major

Goryo Goryokaku alias Naoko Matsui, Violin

Fernando Romano, Conductor

Orfeo Stillo Orchestra


Audio vers. ; Paganini Cantabile / Video vers. ; Paganini Cantabile


Ludwig Van Beethoven ; Romanza in F major Op. 50

Goryo Goryokaku alias Naoko Matsui, Violin

Fernando Romano, Conductor

Orfeo Stillo Orchestra


Audio vers. ; Beethoven Romance / Video vers. ; Beethoven Romance



Hope you will enjoy them.