Watch a short interview with Arisa Onoda, who began playing the piano at the age of two and the violin at six.
The Museum hosts a Thursday lunchtime concert each month which features some of the finest young players of the moment, from students at the Yehudi Menuhin School and ensembles working with Music for Youth, to those studying for undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications at UK conservatoires. Since current circumstances have prevented our young artists from coming to the Museum, we caught up with them at home and asked them to talk about their musical careers to date, plus share some performances with us.
Arisa Onoda has performed extensively throughout Europe, USA, UAE and Japan with major orchestras and chamber musicians including Polish Silesia Orchestra, Panocha Quartet, Nash Ensemble, Toruń Symphony Orchestra and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra.
Born in Japan, Arisa began playing the piano at the age of two and the violin at six. After studying at the Juilliard School, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree with first class honours at the Royal Academy of Music, and is currently studying for a Master’s Degree under Prof Christopher Elton.
Most recently, she became a medallist at the Hilton Head International Piano Competition. She is proud to have been supported by Philharmonia Orchestra/the Martin Music Scholarship Fund, Help Musicians UK, Hattori Foundation, and Rohm Music Foundation.
Watch the video of Arisa performing Fryderyk Chopin’s Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no. 1. She describes this piece as a depiction of a dark, uncertain world. The music becomes increasingly agitated and restless, reaching a stormy climax before returning to the opening melody – where this time, Arisa says, ‘we can see a ray of hope. I believe that there is always light at the end of the tunnel, both in this music and this uncertain world.’
Arisa recommends several composers, her favourite being the nineteenth-century Polish pianist, Fryderyk Chopin. See below for a performance of the so-called ‘Minute’ Waltz by Chopin, performed by another brilliant composer-performer, Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Interview with Arisa Onoda
Arisa performing Fryderyk Chopin’s Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no. 1
‘Minute’ Waltz by Chopin, performed by Sergei Rachmaninoff