Special piano recital by Gohei Nishikawa
We’re pleased to invite you to a very special event taking place in St Lawrence Jewry on the 14th of October. Japanese pianist Gohei Nishikawa will perform a piano recital which includes classical pieces and traditional Japanese songs, accompanied by uniquely talented soprano Charlotte de Rothschild, who has recorded CDs in multiple languages including two in Japanese.
The programme is listed below:
- Chopin: Prelude in A minor
- Poulenc: 15 improvisations
- Beethoven: Pathetic
- Cinema Music
- Traditional Japanese songs with Soprano singer
This event is much more than a demonstration of Japanese culture by a Japanese artist. Gohei transcends the human spirit and sends to the world a very powerful message for people of all cultures. Life does not always go our way but we can still overcome huge hurdles, even ones that seem insurmountable.
Gohei was a rising star and his career was taking off when he moved from Japan to New York and performed recitals in famous halls like Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and the Steinway Hall.
However, fate had in store a great challenge for Gohei. Focal Hand Dystonia. This is a rare neurological disorder that eventually deprived Gohei of control of all his fingers. He couldn’t play the piano anymore and the condition appeared to be medically irreversible.
Gohei fought and won the battle with the depression that ensued and the suicidal ideas that engulfed him. Gohei decided that he would get back control of his fingers. After 10 long years of rehabilitation Gohei achieved the unimaginable and now has full control of his right hand and two fingers of his left hand.
Indeed, Gohei is performing this piano recital using only seven fingers. He should be a living inspiration for all of us, regardless of whether we fight with everyday problems like a difficult supervisor at work or an uncooperating landlord, or battling bigger issues.
We are human! We can be stronger than we ever imagined and Gohei is a living proof of this!
To see and hear him perform Japanese songs alongside Charlotte de Rothschild will be a unique opportunity and pleasure that you should not miss!
All guests are welcome to a reception that will be held at the venue after the concert.
Winter by Gohei Nishikawa
Gohei Nishikawa on NBC news
For more information feel free to drop a message to Dimitrios Staikos or Rieko Tada!
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