Marimbist to share his art

Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2001

Marimba workshops

Time: 1:302:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Place: chorus room at JuneauDouglas High School.

Sponsor: Juneau Arts and Humanities Council.

To register: Call 586-2787.

Cost: no charge.

Marimba virtuoso Makoto Nakura was described by a music critic in Hong Kong as superhuman.

Nakura will be in Juneau this week to teach marimba and his visit to Juneau will not include a concert performance. He is the third musician to visit Juneau in the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Young Concert Artists series.

Born in Kobe, Japan, Nakura began to play the marimba at the age of eight. He earned a bachelor's and a master's degree from Musashino College in Tokyo, where he wrote his graduate thesis on the marimba as a solo instrument. Nakura also studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, earning an Artist Certificate with Distinction. He was named an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music last year.

Nakura came from Japan in 1994 to become the first marimbist to win a place on the Young Concert Artists roster. He was already a success in Asia, where a Hong Kong critic reported that "Nakura plays the marimba with superhuman energy, technique and fireworks that left the audience gasping for more."

Nakura has performed for audiences in Japan, China and in 35 states. He has appeared as a soloist with symphonies across the United States, and has performed several works commissioned for him.

Sybil Davis of the Juneau arts council worked with the Juneau School District, community music teachers and members of the Juneau Symphony to arrange the series to inspire and influence Juneau's young musicians.

Davis set up the series with a New York-based non-profit group called Young Concert Artists. The agency represents and nurtures promising young artists. Founded in 1961, it is dedicated to discovering and launching the careers of young musicians. The artists are chosen based on their musicianship, virtuosity, communicative power and readiness for a concert career. Young Concert Artists provides ongoing support and opportunities, including the booking of concert engagements, publicity and career guidance.

Nakura's visit to Juneau coincides with the statewide high school music festival. His workshops are free and open to the public, call 586-2787 to register.

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