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

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.

23. Apr, 2017

After one year of waiting from hearing about Hourtin by Professor Alexandre Brussilovsky in Hamburg (during Violino Virtuoso Series at Alfred Schnittke Akademie Internationale in Hamburg), I could finally come to Hourtin and Médoc (France) to attend his Violin Masterclass in France and play on French concerts. It was also few years after playing La Campanella by Niccolò Paganini at the Auditorium of CRR Paris (? which was near to Fondation Léopold Bellan).

In Hourtin, Professor Brussilovsky was hosting the opening ceremony and progressing the coordinations for all three concerts and the preparation planning at Salle d'Animation d'Hourtin Port. He also instructed all applicants how to come to the lesson room, rehearsal rooms in each form of concerts, practice rooms, restaurant and Fort d'Enfant (which is between the bridge and the Three Lesson Rooms Building) etc. And what's more, he prepared, brought and delivered all the orchestral parts of the all Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi, Danse Sacrée and Danse Profane by Claude Debussy for all of Académie Hourtin Médoc Orchestra members.

In my case, although I and Professor Brussilovsky were in course of studying 2nd Violin Concerto by Sergei Prokofiev and 2nd Violin Concerto "La Campanella" by Niccolò Paganini (mainly Second Mvt.), we decided to continue more perfection of 1st Violin Concerto by Paganini for the urgent use. Here are the programs ;


Église de Hourtin / Concert de Clôture "De Musique Hourtin Médoc" (22 April 2017, Hourtin France)


Niccolò Paganini ; Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major Op. 6, 2nd (Adagio) and 3rd (Rondo) Mvts.


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

Kaori Hiyama, Piano Accompaniment


21ème Académie Internationale Musique Hourtin par Université Musicale Hourtin Médoc / Violin Masterclass by Professor Alexandre Brussilovsky (15 - 23 April 2017, Hourtin Port, Hourtin France)


Niccolò Paganini ; Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major Op. 6

Flint Juventino Beppe ; Violin Sonata No. 2 Op. 56


Naoko Matsui alias Goryo Goryokaku, Violin

Kaori Hiyama, Piano Accompaniment (for Paganini)



Each Violin lessons by Professor Brussilovsky had been held at Pomerot Room after passing Fort d'Enfant and we discussed how to be ready for the all concerts at Open Rehearsal Room (in the three rehearsal rooms building), Église de Hourtin (Church) and Église de Gaillan Médoc (Church), etc. There, nobody boycotted any concerts at any reasons.

The revue of the Cloture Concert had been changed to Église de Hourtin (Church) instead of Salle d'Animation of Hourtin Port since before attending the Conference for Russian Ballet Music on 21 April 2017 afternoon at Salle d'Animation. There, I was happy to play 1st Violin Concerto by Paganini also at Église de Hourtin with warm and crystal acoustic, under the altar arch of "Gloria In Excelsis Deo". The accompaniment by Kaori Hiyama was very comfortable to play Violin Concerto by Niccolò Paganini.

Before and even after the concert, I heard several discussions for the huge difference (or rather "contradiction" ?) of duration of the Cloture Concert even also from Professor Brussilovsky ; more than 2 hours or just 20 minutes ? There I was believing that the short one is just for my approximative performance duration only for 2nd and 3rd mvts. of the 1st Violin Concerto by Paganini. However, I doubted what I heard today from regional radio news in Bordeaux that only the soloist violinist at the concert in Huy (Belgium) played on the concert yesterday at Église de Hourtin. There, also the cloturation of its concerned studio had been announced.   

After leaving Hourtin to Bordeaux, I saw a ultra vivid dream that I was diving into warm deep blue water in a (kind of ?) sunk church (?!) building which had a light column at the center, ultra comfortably. From there, I saw a non-broken light stained glass and took the photo (?!).

8. Apr, 2017

Since 14 years to come to Wavre / Waver again after listening short violin and organ recital by one of my ancient professors Adam Korniszewski, for the works by Josef Gabriel Von Rheinberger and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach with organ accompaniments. Whether I was already having land intuition also in Waver / Wavre thanks to the first visit, coming to Académie de Musique de Ville de Wavre (Music Academy of Wavre) for "Rencontres Musicales Internationales en Wallonie (RMIW)" was not too difficult. During entire period of the RMIW, I attended Violin Masterclass by Professor Tomasz Tomaszewski in order to continue my violin study with him after his Masterclass in UdK Berlin in last month.

I was really, really glad to come to Belgium for violinistic purpose ; to study the violin with Professor Tomaszewski and perform on concerts in Belgium also in this year, after the New Year's Concert in Last year even I'm living in Germany now. Although Wavre / Waver is in Brabant Wallon Region I think, many ambitious Germans from Hamburg and Würzburg were coming in Waver / Wavre and repeatedly talking how to connect themselves to certain artistic career in Berlin whether with or without UdK Berlin, before and after Violin Masterclass by Professor Tomaszewski.

The opening reception had been held at the City Hall or Reception Hall of Hôtel de Ville (Public Office) of Wavre / Waver very sympatically. There however, I could not understand why only the audience was damaged wooden floor (not on the stage).

Here are the programs ;


Concert Series in the framework of RMIW / Rencontres Musicales Internationales en Wallonie (04 and 07 April 2017, Auditorium Dupont Del Sart of Académie de Musique de Ville de Wavre, Wavre / Waver Belgium)


Niccolò Paganini ; Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major Op. 6, 2nd (Adagio) and 3rd (Rondo) Mvts.


Naoko Matsui alias Goryo Goryokaku, Violin

Dino Anglani, Piano Accompaniment


RMIW / Rencontres Musicales Internationales en Wallonie / Violin Masterclass by Professor Tomasz Tomaszewski (02 - 08 April 2017, Académie de Musique de Ville de Wavre, Waver / Wavre Belgium)


Niccolò Paganini ; Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major Op. 6

Johann Sebastian Bach ; Partita No. 2 in d minor BWV1004 (whole movements including Ciaconna / Chaconne)


Naoko Matsui alias Goryo Goryokaku, Violin

Dino Anglani, Piano Accompaniment (for Paganini)



Each Violin Lesson by Professor Tomaszewski is hyper intensive without losing any concentrations at any moments, at all ! We also experimented a new but high-performanced and beautiful baroque bow (which Professor Tomaszewski explained me that it was made by a Baroque Violin Maker in Hamburg) in order to understand and found more appropriate bow movements in Partita No. 2 by Johann Sebastian Bach and tried harder perfection of Violin Concerto No. 1 by Niccolò Paganini but to perform the concerto as comfortable as possible.

Immediately, we decided to play Violin Concerto by Paganini on 04 April 2017 in the program of RMIW concert series at Auditorium Dupont Del Sart. There, due to modification of the program order (caused by guitarist's late arrival), I performed much earlier than the expected time. However, I could show my concert playing to Professor Tomasz Tomaszewski on my second concert on 07 April 2017. The accompanist M. Dino Anglani opened the door of my rehearsal room freshly and cheerfully told me "Naoko ! C'est toi, maintenant !" to hurry to the stage of Auditorium Dupont Del Sart. The accompaniments by M. Anglani were very stable and comfortable to play until the last note of the Violin Concerto by Niccolò Paganini. The acoustic of Auditorium Dupont Del Sart was as dry as Weißsaal (White Hall) of Bad Kissingen (Germany). 

But, Zeit geht schnell ! I already attended the last violin lesson by Professor Tomasz Tomaszewski for this time. Professor Tomaszewski gave me his edited music of a beautiful violin piece "Buntes Allerlei / Capriziöser Waltzer" by Georg Boulanger (one of the pupils of Leopold Auer) !! And I began practicing it with my current program.  

28. Mar, 2017

Castiglione Falletto is outskirt of Trino with Alba which has a big castle on top of the central area. There, I played works by Bach and Paganini at Chiesa di Sant'Anna / Saint Anna Church which was on the street between Clocktower and Dom, in the framework of 1st International Competition "Musica in Langa" in Castiglione Falletto. 

Most of all the people in this competition was whom I encountered as the concerned among my past participated competitions (whether I won or not). And this time, they were always jostling at Saint Anna Church and its front, whether as the concerned or the audiences. However, we, except few of whom participated in Concorso Internazionale Giovani Musicisti Gianluca Campochiaro in Pedara didn't reminisce about other competitions.

Here's the program ;



I International Competition "Musica in Langa" (26 March 2017, Saint Anna Church of Castiglione Falletto, Castiglione Falletto CN Italy)


Johann Sebastian Bach ; Corrente, Sarabanda and Giga / Gigue from Partita No. 2 in d minor BWV1004

Niccolò Paganini ; Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major Op. 6, 2nd (Adagio) and 3rd (Rondo) Mvts.


Goryo Goryokaku (五稜郭五稜), Violin

Anna Barbero, Piano Accompaniment



There, nobody won. 

I had been awarded my first 4th Prize and a commemorative photo with my diploma (without any juries, other competitiors or their concerned, at all) had been taken. Another violinist was also overjoyed to being awarded the 4th Prize with me. Although also the other competitors had been awarded, the severe reasons or causes for their results had been announced at the same time of their awards in front of all of the audiences.

During this short staying in Castiglione Falletto, I saw a dream, in other words (?) I had been visionned a light well in which lots of skulls were sunk in the transparent deep blue water and an old broken symbolic key hunging on the black wall. In this "dream", I had been taught the real name of the competition revue and the swamp with statues in the center of Hamburg with their history, briefly and calmly.

Possibly due to feeling strain for the competition, I sometimes saw a tree in front of the hotel as if it were still christmas tree with all silver decorations and wine bottles (I never drank there !!!) as if it were white chrysanthemums, twice. I was bit strolling around the castle and the Well just after the competition, there there were no more other people around 22 : 25. Due to cloture of the hotel restaurant, I stayed the last night alone.