1999 — Age 3¼ to 4¼
Two short pieces by Soe and Bartok. (YouTube, 2:44) PTNA event July/Aug 1999? According to RainyTaro in a YouTube comment, “The M.C. introduces the former piece as ‘Robata no Furui otogi-banashi’, literally ‘An old fairly tale by the fireside’, composed by Soe? and the latter as Etude by Bartók. I can’t confirm who is Soe. it may be Shuzannu Soe — but I don't know the spelling.”
2000 — Age 4¼ to 5¼
Beethoven, Six Variations on “Nel cor più non mi sento” from Paisiello’s La molinara. (YouTube, 5:16) PTNA event, Jul/Aug 2000?
2001 — Age 5¼ to 6¼
Clementi, Sonatina in C major Op. 36 no. 3, 1st mvt. (YouTube, 3:30) Unknown event, 2001.
Two short unidentified pieces. (YouTube, 1:19) Unknown event, 2000 or 2001.
2002 — Age 6¼ to 7¼
Four pieces: 1. J. S. Bach, Two Part Invention no. 9, BWV 780 (1:45); 2. Beethoven, Sonata no. 20 in G major Op. 49. no. 2 “Leichte Sonata”, 1st mvt (2:59); 3. Johann Friedrich Burgmüller “La fileuse” (The Spinner), Etude no. 18 Op. 109 (1:07);
4. unidentified (1:51). (YouTube) PTNA Competition no. 26, July/Aug 2002. Originally one clip, the pieces are listed here in the order Aimi played them. Alternative link for the Burgmüller on Aimi’s EMI Japan pages here.
2003 — Age 7¼ to 8¼
Bach, Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia) no. 2 in C minor BWV 788. (2:00) PTNA Competition no. 27, July/Aug 2003. Two links: EMI Japan (direct play, needs Windows Media Player, can’t be played full screen); YouTube (lower quality but can be watched full screen).
Schubert, Impromptu Op. 90 no. 2 in E flat major. (YouTube, 4:24) PTNA Competition no. 27, July/Aug 2003.
2004 — Age 8¼ to 9¼
Beethoven, Piano Sonata no. 5 in C minor (complete). (Unavailable, 14:46) PTNA Competition no. 28, July/Aug 2004.
Chopin, Nocturne no 20 in C sharp minor (op. posth.). (YouTube, 3:49) Unknown event, 2004? Two links: Link 1; Link 2. (It has been suggested that she is 8 or 9 here, but I have the feeling that this recording may be incorrectly placed and that it belongs in Aimi's tenth year — compare her costume and appearance to the Mozart Coronation performance below.)
2005 — Age 9¼ to 10¼
Debussy, Arabesque no. 2. (YouTube, 3:40) Salle Cortot, Paris, 22 March 2005.
Televised concert at Zankel Hall (Carnegie Hall), New York, June 5. (Unavailable, 8:03) From an LCI TV (France) program made by Jacques Collet. In french with english subtitles. Aimi is heard performing parts of Chopin Nocturne no. 20 (Zankel Hall) and 2nd mvt of Beethoven Sonata no. 5 at a private performance. Gets removed due copyright infringement.
Beethoven, Piano Sonata no. 5 in C minor op. 10 no. 1, complete. (Dailymotion, 15:42) New York, private recital, June 2005.
Chopin, Etude Op. 25 no. 2 in F min. (YouTube, 1:51) New York, private recital, June 2005.
Mozart Piano Sonata no. 12 in F major K332 (audio only). (YouTube, PTNA Japan) Chiba Paruru Concert Hall, Chiba, December 2005. In three links: 1st mvt Allegro (4:58); 2nd mvt Adagio (5:04); 3rd mvt Allegro assai (5:06). PTNA Piano Encyclopedia series, 15 March 2010.
Beethoven, Piano Sonata no. 10 in G major, 1st mvt, Allegro. (YouTube, 5:00) Unknown event, possibly part of the Chiba Hall recital (see previous entry). For the complete performance, see clips posted by PTNA on YouTube (next entry below). May be part of the Chiba Hall performance recorded in December 2005. A check in an audio program shows that the 1st movement in this clip is identical to the audio in the first clip below. There’s disagreement about the age at which she played this. The upload (by siocanon) was in December 2006, so the upper limit is 11¼. In the absence of any other information I’m sticking with around 10 on the basis of her appearance and what she’s wearing (the costume changes in 2006).
Beethoven Piano Sonata no. 10 in G major (audio only). (YouTube, 13:16) Unknown event, possibly part of the Chiba Hall recital (see previous entries). Three links: 1st mvt Allegro (5:10); 2nd mvt Andante (4:21); 3rd mvt Scherzo allegro assai (3:45). PTNA Piano Encyclopedia series, 15 March 2010. Definitely same performance as in the video above — the audio tracks of the Allegro are identical. For comments on her age see previous entry.
2006 — Age 10¼ to 11¼
Mozart, Piano Concerto no. 26 in D major “Coronation”, last 10 minutes of the Allegro. (YouTube, 9:59) Public televised concert 25 January 2006. From a performance with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra when she was 10 years and 4 months. Conductor was Hirofumi Yoshida, venue Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall.
Concert with Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Moscow, December
Mozart, Piano Concerto no. 26 in D major “Coronation”. (YouTube, 32:19) From Aimi’s first orchestral concert abroad, in Moscow with Vladimir Spivakov conducting the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, 24 December 2006. The complete video (41 minutes) is/was available on the Russian eTV channel TV Kultura. Everything there is in Russian, and you’ll have to find out for yourself how to register to make the download. The link is An Evening with Mozart on eTV.net. A translator/knowledge of Russian is essential to do this successfully.
Chopin, Impromptu no. 1 in A Flat, op. 29, played as encore. (YouTube, 6:30) From the Moscow concert with Vladimir Spivakov and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, 24 December 2006.
2007 — Age 11¼ to 12¼
LCI TV France interview with teacher Yuko Ninomiya and recital excerpts. (Unavailable, 10:26) Recorded sometime in 2006, broadcast 6 January 2007. Aimi responds to question about how her playing had changed over the previous year. From program made by Jacques Collet. Unavailable due copyright.
Rehearsing Beethoven Pathétique for concert with teacher Yuko Ninomiya. (YouTube, 3:30) Link 1; Link 2. Concert given on 2 April 2007 at Acros Fukuoka Hall, Fukuoka city, Kyushu, Japan. More in next entry.
Extracts from concert at Akros Fukuoka Hall. (YouTube, 3:01) From concert given on 2 April 2007 at Acros Fukuoka Hall, Fukuoka city, Kyushu, Japan. This and above clip appear to be from a program made by Yamaguchi TV in 2007.
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