(2013年2月2〜4日 ニセコクラシックコンサート出演)Soojin Chang, violin, from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA, received her Bachelor and Masters degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She is currently a member of the Hyogo Preforming Arts Center Orchestra. She is very excited to be performing chamber music works with her colleagues in Japan.

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Rebecca Matayoshi is a native of Chicago, IL and studied viola performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and New England Conservatory under Rudolf Haken, Masumi Rostad and Marcus Thompson, respectively.
In 2010, she joined the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra as a section violist. Additionally, she has concertized all over the US, Japan and Europe through various festivals such as the Pacific Music Festival(Sapporo), International Music Academy(Czech Republic), among others.
Outside of music, Rebecca enjoys traveling to exciting new places and exploring the world of food and wine.

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AndreaCelloAndrea Kleesattel is native Cincinnati, Ohio in the United States of America. Although educated in this mid-western area of her home country, music has taken her to many places around the world. She is very happy to be continuing this trend and making music in the beautiful country of Japan.

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A finalist at the Carl Nielsen International Flute Competition in 2010, Melkorka Ólafsdóttir studied at the Reykjavik College of Music and the Icelandic Academy of Arts with Maria Cederborg, Hallfríður Ólafsdóttir and Bernard Wilkinson. She went on to complete a B. Mus degree from the Royal Conservatory in the Hague, where she studied with Emily Beynon, principal flutist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. A year later she completed a M. Mus from the Amsterdam Conservatory with Harrie Starreveld.


Melkorka completed her second Masters degree from the Orchestral Training program at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London 2007. A holder of the James Galway Award, she was coached by players of the London Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra. In London she also took private lessons with Sharon Williams (principal piccolo, LSO) and Paul Edmund-Davies (Philharmonia Orchestra), serving as the assistant of the latter at his summer class, Flute Kitchen, at Harrogate, England in 2007.


During 2005-2008 Melkorka also attended lessons with Patrick Gallois in Paris, France, completing the Premier Prix and Prix de Exellence degrees, both at the top of the class. She has attended master-classes around the world, with teachers such as Patricia Morris, Peter Lloyd, William Bennett, Jeanne Baxtresser, Michel Debost, Robert Dick, Peter-Lucas Graf, Wissam Boustany, Jacques Zoon, Paul Edmund-Davies and Samuel Coles.


Melkorka has played with different ensembles and orchestras, including Orkester Norden, The Reykjavik Wind Quintet, the Caput Ensamble (Iceland), Het Nieuw Ensemble, The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Netherlands). In 2009-2011 she was the principal flutist of the Icelandic Opera. She is one of the founders and first flutist of the Isafold Chamber Orchestra (Iceland). From 2006 she has acted as a substitute in the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and during the 2008-2009 season she was the principal piccolo player, also playing 2nd flute when needed. From September 2011 Melkorka has been the co-principal flutist of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Japan.


Melkorka joined the ISO as a soloist playing Ibert’s Flute Concerto in 2004 and Atli Heimir Sveinsson’sFlute Concerto in 2009. In September 2011 she performed Toru Takemitsu’s I hear the water dreaming with the ISO in the new concert hall Harpa, conducted by the new chief conductor, Ilan Volkov. In spring 2011 she played solo recitals at the Radial System in Berlin, Cité des Arts in Paris, at The Foundling Museum in London and the Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle, USA.


Melkorka has appeared as a soloist with the Reykjavík Chamber Orchestra (C.P.E. Bach: Concerto in G major), The Caput Ensemble (O. Kentish: Echo and Narcissus) The Icelandic Youth Orchestra (C.Reinecke:Flute Concerto), the Icelandic Flute Ensemble (H. Gudmundsson: Lux) and the Odense Symphony Orchestra (W.A.Mozart: Concerto in G, C. Nielsen: Flute Concerto). She has performed solo and chamber music around Europe and in the USA. In 2008 she toured Iceland performing all of Telemann’s Fantasies for solo flute in churches around the country. The Fantasies were recorded by the National Radio and broadcast on Christmas Eve 2008.


Melkorka is a qualified yoga teacher from the Triyoga Center in London


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1月12日~14日の3日間に渡り、エリア内各所で開催された「第4回 ニセコ冬の音楽祭」が、大盛況のうちに幕を閉じました。


    1月12日(土) HANAZONO308 150人
    1月13日(日) グラン・ヒラフ マウンテンセンター 200人
    1月14日(月) ヒルトンニセコビレッジ 250人



The fourth annual Niseko Winter Festival was held successfully last weekend, from 12 to 14 January.
Richard Tognetti, innovative artistic director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, along with his principal musicians, showcased a unique program each night at venues across the Niseko area. The varied performances and selections drew record audiences;

    12 January (Sat.) HANAZONO308 150
    13 January (Sun.) Grand Hirafu Mountain Center 200
    14 January (Mon.) Hilton Niseko Village 250

600 people attended the winter music series. Many fans were present on all three days.
In special performances during the event, Yasuji Ohagi, one of Japan’s leading classical guitarists, collaborated with the ACO.
Joseph Tawadros, one of the most popular musicians in Australia, fascinated the audiences with his playing on the exotic Egyptian oud.
This year, the number of international visitors saw a distinct increase.
The musicians and the ACO staff seemed to enjoy their stays in Niseko. It is apparent that this unique event has been gaining both local and international recognition. This was the first time for this executive committee to plan and organize the event, and it would not have been successful if not for the support of the sponsors, the volunteer staff and other local business partners. Thanks to everyone for your continuous support! We sincerely hope that the Niseko Winter Music Festival will keep growing as a keystone cultural event of Niseko’s winter, and we appreciate everyone’s continued support.By The Excutive Committee for the Niseko Winter Music Festival.

For more information, please refer to NisekoRelease.pdf.