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

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.

3. Sep, 2017

It was during the previous rehearsals in Johannes Brahms Konservatorium (JBK) before this Summer Vacation, my accompanist and Piano Professor Irina Kolesnikova told me about a Violin Masterclass by Professor Alexandre Brussilovsky in Hamburg which would be held from end of this August until the beginning of this September. However, it was not at neither concert hall of Alfred Schnittke Akademie International (ASAI) / Förderverein Alfred Schnittke Akademie nor in the framework of Violino Virtuoso Concert Series in Hamburg, as usual. 

Since I was also searching for more violin studying opportunities for my recent violin concerto repertories in order to not to perform self-taught program on public except world premieres or ad-hoc improvisative performance, I sometimes thought (or wished ?) at the same time ;

"If I could play also at HafenCity, as I'm in Hamburg.. (?)"

after listening Professor Brussilovsky's concert at HCU (HafenCity Universität Hamburg) in 2015 (during his Violin Masterclass at ASAI). As I suddenly heard ;

"Your wish will be fulfilled only once !"

just before beginning Kammermusik am Hafen Festival in Hamburg, those of my wishing list (included above one) had been fulfilled and they began from unexpected but happy calling by Professor Brussilovsky. Here are the programs ;


Stars von Morgen / Kammermusik am Hafen Festival Concert (02 September 2017, Holcim Auditorium of HCU / HafenCity Universität Hamburg, Germany)

Erich Wolfgang Korngold : Violin Concerto in D major Op. 35 First Movement


Goryo Goryokaku alias Naoko Matsui, Violin

Irina Loskova, Piano


Kammermusik am Hafen Festival / Violin Masterclass by Professor Alexandre Brussilovsky (29 August 2017 - 02 September 2017, HCU / HafenCity Universität Hamburg, Germany)


Erich Wolfgang Korngold : Violin Concerto in D major Op. 35 whole movements


Goryo Goryokaku alias Naoko Matsui, Violin

Irina Loskova, Piano



Kammermusik am Hafen Festival had 6 Gesprächkonzerte (titled Concert Series with talking show by the Organizer - Cellist M. Fjodor Elesin), Violin Masterclass by Professor Brussilovsky and Singing Masterclass by Professor Olga Romanko for soloist musicians. I was happy when Professor called me how to meet and determine our appointments at his concert on 28 August 2017. In true, I listend all the both of his chamber music concerts "Les Protagonistes" and "Brahmsiade" at Holcim Auditorium of HCU. All of the programs were hyper rich, strong and ultra beautiful to listen entirely.

Professor Brussilovsky gave me the great facility to play Violin Concerto by Korngold. Certain difficult passages became unique melodies immediately and we worked whole movements during too short times during this music festival.

"Stars von Morgen", my appeared concert is the last one of Kammermusik am Hafen Festival's Concert Series and only it was the concert for solo performances of violinists (included me) and 6 singers. There, I felt as if I were singing with my violin. As the vibratos can always be accompanied during the violin performances, I began hearing the variations of my vibratos in details during this concert performance, as if my violin sounds were my singing voice in the gentle stage of a dream and Ms. Irina Loskova accompanied me very finely for example, I heard her played big arpeggi parts (harp parts) as if it were the real grand harp's sounds (!).

"Bravo !"

From the center of a round of applause, a woman in red gave me a neat and cute white japanesque bouquet, immediately after the end of playing the last note of the 1st Movement of Violin Concerto by Korngold with Mozart Rocket.

It was very gentle, nich and happy but too short time in HafenCity. Indeed, it was too short. Professor Brussilovsky gave me more advices to how to practice after this concert and we wished to meet again, whether in Hamburg or Hourtin or other cities.

11. Aug, 2017

I came to Passy from Brussels (not from Hamburg only for this time) via Lyon Part Dieu (not via Paris-Nord) by TGV trains. Changing trains in Bellegarde and Annemasse to Sallanches-Combloux-Megère (one of the nearest train station to Passy) did not make me being confused to miss one of them, even I experienced bit bizzare train changing in Annemasse ; I went out from the previous train to walk to the next train, there the same equipment told me with pointing the same previous one as the next train to Sallanches-Combloux-Megère. In this time, I could not find the traffic connections via Saint-Gervais le Fayet as another nearest station to Passy.

In true, I was in Brussels before and after Passy (Plateau d'Assy Area) to prepare myself and run again to Atelier of Maestro Antoni Jassogne.

Musicians of Les Musicales d'Assy or Violon Lunaire (organizer group of Les Musicales d'Assy) welcomed me very simpatically and we came to Passy by car after small pause in a modern and beautiful cabane house. This time, the hôtelier gave me another room (which was separated from other rooms) with the key as my practice room during entire period of my short staying for Violin Masterclass of Les Musicales d'Assy. Mont Blanc accompanied me completely during the entire fine days and rainy days in Plateau d'Assy.

Professor Alexis Galpérine told me that he could give me two more violin lessons than the first expected duration of the Masterclass Program and we agreed each other to extend this Violin Masterclass, immediately. Actually, I attended four of his violin lessons as his Violin Masterclass in the framework of Les Musicales d'Assy.

Here's the program ;


Les Musicales d'Assy / Contemporary Violin Music Masterclass by Alexis Galpérine (06 - 09 August 2017, Cinéma du Plateau d'Assy during 06 - 08 August 2017 and Presbytère for 09 August 2017, Passy Plateau d'Assy Area France)


Béla Bartók / Sonata for Solo Violin (Yehudi Menuhin Edition) ; Tempo di Ciaccona and Fuga


Goryo Goryokaku alias Naoko Matsui, Violin (unaccompanied violin solo)



As it was Violin Masterclass for contemporary violin music repertories without piano accompaniment, I brought him this sonata. Although I was having other contemporary solo violin repertories which were less difficult than this sonata, I was attracted by this sonata to "how to read and play" it, at the same time of recent concert programs (works by Saint=Saëns, Vivaldi, Paganini, etc.).

I was really impressed by the new fingerings and bowings by Professor Galpérine which gave me immediate and great facility of playing the first two movements of the Sonata by Bartók. Although he told me "C'est l'idée de Monsieur Menuhin, pas Monsieur Galpérine" repeatedly during entire lessons, his new fingerings and bowings were ultra efficient as "parce que j'ai joué cette sonata beaucoup de fois !" with his great smile. Indeed, he's wonderful and I wish to continue to work and study this sonate with him.

Only the fourth day's lesson (the last day of this Violin Masterclass) had been held at Presbytère (behind the Église de Plateau d'Assy) due to cloture of the Cinéma de Plateau d'Assy and we arrived at the last note of Fuga, the second movement of the Solo Violin Sonata by Bartók. There, I really understood Professor Galpérine's concepts and musical ideas for the interpretations and I'm sure that I acquired the realizations of the two movements of the Sonata.

During this Masterclass, I also listened his conference-concert at Église du Plateau d'Assy on 06 August 2017 and a chamber music concert "Le Couleur du Temps" on 08 August 2017 (for Sonata and Quartet). Professor Galpérine performed the second movement "Sicilienne" of Concerto for Violin with Piano Quintet by Ernst Chausson twice very beautifully and nicely, once for the concert and once again for the encore.

To trip back to Brussels, Frédérique (the moderator of the concert series of Les Musicales d'Assy) strongly adviced me to call him or Violon Lunaire's before the departure to bring me to Sallanches-Combloux-Megère Station, even there were Cars (the name of the local busses) once per each two hours (as it was the first visit, I was associating the case in Camaiore Italy in two years ago). I departed with Frédérique's car and went back to Brussels smoothly and comfortably.

1. Aug, 2017

Rehearsal photo ; during the first rehearsal with Jápadočeský Symphonický Orchestr Mariánské Lázně at Theater Mariánské Lázně (Mariánské Lázně Czech Republic) on 27 July 2017, in the framework of Jápadočeský Symphonický Orchestr Mariánské Lázně "Mezinárodní mistrovské houslové kurzy". Soloist (left) ; Goryo Goryokaku alias Naoko Matsui, Conductor (right) ; Martin Pechík, Jápadočeský Symphonický Orchestr Mariánské Lázně

From Vienna, it took approximately 10 hours to be in Mariánské Lázně / Marienbad (Czech Republic) after the two concerts at Stift Geras and Kirche Halbturn (both in Austria). Although I arrived at Mariánské Lázně / Marienbad on 24 July 2017, it was mostly at 22h (the closing time of Základní umělecká skola Fryderyka Chopina / Frederick Chopin's Music School). Therefore, I began meeting with the event manager and the both Professor Maurizio Sciarretta and Professor Jitka Hosprová from 25 July 2017 afternoon.

It was not only by the event manager himself but also other concerned members who were often talking about this International Violin Masterclass as "Entertaining Success" delightfully. There, I was agreeing with them completely and we were already talking about the next time. His managements are very precise and the schedules were very comfortable.

My interpretations in First Violin Concerto by Niccolò Paganini had been extremely polished by the both wonderful, brilliant and graceful Professors. Professor Sciarretta refined my technical interpretations for extremely artistic expressions and the realization methods. Professor Hosprová reinforced my precisions for each subtle phrase making with showing by her viola playing (!!!). During their five lessons, I never stopped surprising and adding new methods to play the Concerto by Paganini.

The two rehearsals for the First Violin Concerto by Paganini with Jápadočeský Symphonický Orchestr Mariánské Lázně / West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra Mariánské Lázně conducted by Maestro Martin Peschík had been realized very quickly and smoothly, once in the Theater Mariánské Lázně and another in Společenský dům Casino Mariánské Lázně (Casino Cultural and Conference Centre of Mariánské Lázně) as the concert venue. Here are the programs ;


Jápadočeský Symphonický Orchestr Mariánské Lázně "Mezinárodní mistrovské houslové kurzy" / West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra Mariánské Lázně "International Violin Masterclass 2017" Concert (29 July 2017, Společenský dům Casino Mariánské Lázně / Casino Culturel and Conference Centre of Mariánské Lázně, Mariánské Lázně Czech Republic)


Niccolò Paganini ; Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major Op. 6 1st Mvt. "Allegro Maestoso" (Cadenza / Émile Sauret)


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

Martin Peschík, Conductor

Jápadočeský Symphonický Orchestr Mariánské Lázně / West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra Mariánské Lázně


Mezinárodní mistrovské houslové kurzy / International Violin Masterclass 2017 by Professor Maurizio Sciarretta and Professor Jitka Hosprová (25 - 29 July 2017, Základní umělecká skola Fryderyka Chopina / Frederick Chopin's Music School, Mariánské Lázně Czech Republic)


Niccolò Paganini ; Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major Op. 6 1st Mvt. "Allegro Maestoso" (Cadenza / Émile Sauret)


Goryo Goryokaku alias Naoko Matsui, Violin



Sometimes senses of my expressions on my strings exaggerate more than I was expecting. So that never made me tired however, because I was required to realize and acquire them as fast as possible. 

I had an impressive conversation with Professor Hosprová after the last violin lessons during this Violin Masterclass at Základní umělecká skola Fryderyka Chopina / Frederick Chopin's Music School ; ordinaly contents about my current living in Germany but all of her questions were which I was asked periodically but always calmly and sympathetically, whether I was in Germany or another countries for my concerts. I simply replied (or explained ?) as usual as what I was doing especially in Hamburg (and also some parts of my past studying life in Brussels Belgium).

Anyway, both the Violin Masterclass and the Concert were really "as if all of music festivals were in one night", even all of them were true (not just dreams). I had been awarded the very gorgeous Masterclass Certificate with detailled program contents (!) after the end of the concert and walking in the midnight Mariánské Lázně.