East Meets West
Concert trio - first tour in Canada

May 12 - 18, 2000

Yoshio Kurahashi

Liu Fang

Yegor Dyachkov
Yoshio Kurahashi
Liu Fang
Yegor Dyachkov

Liu Fang (Chinese Pipa & guzheng), Yegor Dyachkov (cello), and their special guest from Japan - Yoshio Kurahashi (Japanese shakuhachi) give concerts in tree Canadian cities:

Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal

Time schedule Ticket Info Address
May 13, Saturday, 8pm
Concert, Auditorium of the Embassy of Japan, (Ottawa).
Admission: on invitation only. This is an internal concert. Those who are interested in this concert should contact the Japanese Embassy in Ottawa
May 14, Sunday, 8pm
Concert (Toronto)
Admission: $20/$15 (artists, students, and seniors)
Tel.: (416) 204-1080
Fax: (416) 204-1084
Music Gallery
179 Richmond Street West, Toronto, ON.
May 18, Thursday, 8pm
Concert (Montreal)

Radio-Canada logo Canada Council for the Arts
Admission: $15
Students and seniors: $10
Tel.: (514) 982-9917
or (514) 2774665
Chapelle Historique du Bon-Pasteur
100, rue Sherbrooke Est, Montreal (Quebec)

Classical and Contemporary
Chinese, Japanese, and Canadian Music


LIU FANG, pipa and zheng
their special guest
YOSHIO KURAHASHI, Japanese Shakuhachi

A Brief History of the trio

Canada has been a grand stage for a cross-over of various traditions and cultures from all over the world, which is now part of what makes the Canadian culture. This trend attracts world class artists to pursue their career in Canada. The Montreal-based pipa virtuoso, LIU FANG and the world-renowned cellist, YEGOR DYACHKOV, are but a few examples of those great talents who have chosen Canada as their home to pursue an international career. Liu Fang and Yegor Dyachkov collaborated for the first time at the Vancouver Chamber Music Festival on July 28, 1999 when they premiered a piece entitled "Rush" for pipa and string quartet, composed by the renowned Canadian composer Melissa Hui. It was recorded by CBC Radio and broadcasted across Canada.

For the Year 2000, Liu Fang and Yegor Dyachkov are very pleased to invite a great Japanese Shakuhachi Master, Mr. Yashio Kurahashi, to Canada for a series of concerts in three cities: Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal.

The repertoire of the trio will consist of Chinese and Japanese classical and traditional pieces adapted for these three instruments, as well as contemporary pieces specifically composed for these instruments.

Liu Fang

"Liu Fang is a remarkable virtuoso of the pipa, a Chinese lute. She plays with a grace that captures the soul of the Pipa possessing such profound presence she becomes, the instrument. Amongst her many international concerts as a featured classical soloist is a command performance for the Queen at the age of eleven. With a consistent technical prowess and range of unimaginable dynamics, she can take you from a visceral frenzy to a deep breath of silence that cleanses the spirit. An extraordinary player as well, of the Goo Zheng, a Chinese piano, Liu Fang mesmerizes you with her delicate fingers that appear to prance, playing with an ease that is undoubtedly a result of years of intense training and keen discipline. This artist continues to astound and bewilder her public. Liu Fang's playing is an inspirational experience not to be missed!"
- Janet Lumb, artistic director, Montreal Asian Heritage Festival.

Updated information about Liu Fang: http://www.liufangmusic.net/

Yegor Dyachkov

Whether offering "a most beautiful romantic interpretation" (Le Soleil, Quebec), captivating audiences with his "silky round tone" (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), or bringing "music to the point of incandescence" (Le Devoir, Montreal), Yegor Dyachkov's artistic profile is characterized by a uniquely beautiful sound, an intensity and richness of playing, a remarkable maturity of musicianship, and a diversity of repertoire.

Born in Moscow in 1974, his principal musical mentors have been Aleksandr Fedorchenko in Moscow, Yuli Turovsky in Montreal and Boris Pergamenschikow in Cologne. An impressive recitalist, orchestral soloist, and chamber musician, Yegor Dyachkov participates in a wide array of festivals such as those in Kronberg, ╔vian and Vancouver. His concert schedule also includes invitations from such noted orchestras as I Musici de Montreal, the Geneva Chamber Orchestra and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. The breadth of his musical commitment extends also to teaching where in master classes he is a persuasive, articulate and enthusiastic presence.

Winning the Orford International Competition led to an invitation from the Chandos label to record his debut CD featuring Glazunov's Concerto Ballata. His recordings can also be found on the Brioso and Pelleas labels. Yegor Dyachkov tours internationally on a regular basis, and his performances are broadcast and televised the world over. (Updated information: http://www.yegordyachkov.com/)

Yoshio Kurahashi

Yoshio Kurahashi, one of the great living master of Japanese shakuhachi, is the son of a great shabuhachi master, Yodo Kurahashi, founder of the Mujuan Shabuhachi School, in Kyoto. In 1976, he gave his first recital and win the Grand Price of the Osaka Cultural Festival. In 1981, he gave his first concert abroad in New York. Since then, he has been pursuing an international carreer which brought him in Malaysia, China, Israel, Thailand, Singapore and the United States. Sicne 1989, he visits twice a year the United States to teach and to give concerts. In 1989, he becomes the president of the Kyoto Sankyoku Association as well as the director of the Kyoto Hogaku Ensemble, both groups devoting themselves to the promotion of Japanese classical music. On many occasions, he did the World Premiere of new works. His first CD was launched in 1990. This tour brings him in Canada for the first time. (updated information: http://www.newfinearts.com/artists/yoshio.html)

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