Returning to Japan only a few weeks after my trip to Kyoto, I was looking forward to exploring some new areas of this wonderful country. Students from the Tokyo University of the Arts arrived into London and we began rehearsing for our programme of Beethoven and Mozart. The first part of the tour began in the UK: we played a concert in Duke's Hall at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and then travelled to Oxford to perform in the Sheldonian Theatre.
We then flew to Japan and travelled to Koriyama where we performed to a packed audience in the Koriyama Concert Hall. Still recovering from jetlag, we took the bullet train through stunning countryside to Tokyo. We performed two concerts in Tokyo: firstly in the Sogakudo Concert Hall in Tokyo University of the Arts, and then finally in the famous Suntory Hall.
I also felt very privileged that a few of the organisers from the Kyoto International Music Student's Festival came along to see me perform in Tokyo. Having been to Japan twice in just a few months, I hope that I will have the opportunity to return in the future and reunite with many of the new musical colleagues and friends that I met there.