2008 — Age 12¼ to 13¼
Concert in St Petersburg with Moscow Virtuosi, February
Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 1 plus Chopin Scherzo no. 1 and Schumann Widmung encores. (Google videos, 53:39) Concert in St Petersburg with Moscow Virtuosi under Vladimir Spivakov, 15 February 2008. Moderate quality, plays at wrong aspect ratio. If not available, see next entries.
Cadenza (1st mvt) to Beethoven’s 1st piano concerto. (YouTube, 5:12) From concert in St Petersburg with Moscow Virtuosi under Vladimir Spivakov, 15 February 2008. Link is to a new stretched 16:9 version with boosted audio.
Schumann, Widmung (Dedication), arranged/transcribed for piano by Franz Liszt, played as encore. (YouTube, 5:15) From concert in St Petersburg with Moscow Virtuosi under Vladimir Spivakov, 15 February 2008.
Recital in ?St Petersburg, February
Chopin, Scherzo no. 1 in B min Op. 20. (YouTube, 10:35) Public solo recital in St Petersburg? 16 February 2008? No details are given of where or when this recital took place. Same piece she played as an encore at the concert on 15th February, but here a repeat is played, making the clip two and a half minutes longer.
Private recital in Moscow, February
Bach, French Suite no. 5 in G major, BWV 816, four movements (Allemande, Courante, Gavotte and Gigue). (YouTube, 7:39) Private recital in Moscow, February 2008.
Private recital near New York or AADGT Passion of Music event, Carnegie Hall, New York, June
Bach, Sinfonia from Partita no. 2 in C minor, BWV 826. (YouTube, 4:33) Recital in/near New York, June 2008. It’s unclear whether these pieces were performed at Elena Rossman’s home or at the AADGT’s Passion of Music event held a few days later on June 12th at Carnegie Hall.
Chopin, Scherzo no. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31. (YouTube, 10:12) Private event or Carnegie Hall recital on June 12th.
Recital at Merkin Hall, New York, June
Chopin, Etude Op. 10 no. 4 in C sharp minor. (YouTube, 2:19) This recital was in some way linked to the recording for her first CD sponsored by Patrick Petit of Global Equity, France, which took place over three days at Merkin Hall, New York, 16-18 June 2008. The étude is not included on either the first (privately circulated) version of this CD or on the subsequent release by EMI Classics/EMI Japan.
Chopin, Scherzo no. 1 in B minor, Op. 20. (YouTube, 9:36) Recording, Merkin Hall, New York, 16-18 June 2008. There are audience noises during the videos, so I don’t know what sort of recording session this was!
Part of Liszt transcription of Chopin’s The Maiden’s Wish. (YouTube, 3:08) Recorded at Zelazowa Wola, Poland (Chopin’s birthplace), September 2008. Played for a small, private audience that included Elena Rossman, head of the AADGT.
2009 — Age 13¼ to 14¼
Mozart, Piano Concerto no. 20 in D minor K466, 1st mvt. (YouTube, 14:24) From small concert titled “Bunkyo Kasuga Shunki (Spring) Step” held at Bario Hall, Tokyo, 2 May 2009. Conductor is Youichiro Maeda. Aimi’s first recorded shot at this concerto; she played the first and third movements at this event (third has not been posted).
Concert in Warsaw at 5th International “Chopin and his Europe” Festival, Warsaw, August
Mozart Piano Concerto no. 20 and Chopin Piano Concerto no. 2 played at the Fifth International Music Festival “Chopin and his Europe”, Warsaw, 25 August 2009, with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century conducted by Frans Brüggen. You can download mp3 files of the Mozart and Chopin concertos from here on this Russian site. Click on download link no. 3 (translated into Roman characters the name of the file is Aimi Kobayashi.rar). This single 119.5 Mb file unpacks into two mp3 files, one for each concerto. The Chopin concerto was played before the Mozart. For two of the three encores played at this concert see next entries.
Chopin, Scherzo no. 1 Op. 20. (YouTube, 7:03, audio with still picture) Played as encore at Fifth International Music Festival “Chopin and his Europe”, Warsaw, 25 August 2009.
Chopin, Etude Op. 10 no. 4. (YouTube, 2:01, audio with still picture) Played as encore at Fifth International Music Festival “Chopin and his Europe”, Warsaw, 25 August 2009.
Recital at Nagoya, Japan, October
Chopin, Polonaise héroïque. (YouTube, 8:23) From recital at Nagoya 25 October 2009. Not a flawless performance, especially near the beginning, and we hesitated before posting it. Nevertheless, once under way it’s a spirited performance. Only public performance of the Polonaise by Aimi so far.
Aimi’s Tea Party, Nagoya, Oct 2009. (YouTube, 7:29) Clip shows the reception after the recital at Nagoya. Audio is: parts of Chopin’s Polonaise héroïque, all of Mazurka in C sharp min Op. 63 no. 3 and Waltz no. 14 in E min Op. posth., as played at the recital.
For more on the Nagoya recital, see the Nagoya 2009 page (opens in a new tab; click the page away to return to this Video Catalog page).
Chopin, Etude Op. 10 no. 4. (YouTube, 2:12) 1st Asia-Pacific International F. Chopin Piano Competition, held at Keimyung University, Daegu, South Korea, 27 October to 12 November 2009. Aimi tied first in the Junior section (with ShiYu Yang of China) in this new competition in Korea.
PTNA YouTube News vol. 36, 13 November 2009. (YouTube, 0:58) Short PTNA news item about the 1st Asia-Pacific International F. Chopin Piano Competition with a few still shots of Aimi and Mrs Ninomiya. Notable for showing Aimi in a fetching pair of black culottes.
PTNA YouTube News vol. 41, 18 December 2009. (YouTube, 0:56) PTNA news item announcing that Aimi had been chosen to play in the PTNA Teenage Pianist series to be held at Hamarikyu-Asahi Hall, Tokyo, on April 3rd, 2010. Mazurka Op. 63.3 excerpt seen here is from the Korean Chopin competition.
Chopin Etude Op. 10 no. 4 (short version). (YouTube, 1:07) Studio recording session, Tokyo?, 25 December 2009.
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