Violinist Diana Yukawa Headlines at Picnic Concerts
English Heritage Picnic Concerts, as part of the Summer Proms, is one of
the largest and most respected music events of the summer. This past
Saturday saw thousands of people descend upon Kenwood House and the
beautiful surroundings of Hampstead Heath to witness the young award-
winning violinist Diana Yukawa grace the stage.
London, UK, August 10, 2010 -- Reunited with The Royal Philharmonic
Orchestra, (with whom she recorded her second album), conducted by John
Rigby, Diana looked stunning as she gave an incredible world-class
performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Wearing Elizabeth
Emanuel, who has dressed celebrities including HRH The Princess of Wales,
the beautiful London based virtuoso also wowed crowds with an original
piece from her latest album “The Butterfly Effect.” The stunning
composition of Summer Elegy (written by David Whitaker) was expertly
executed by young Diana.
Diana also led Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess: Summertime as well as a heart
rendering version of Williams’ Schindler’s List: Main Theme.
A show brimming with such emotion and soaring strings could only have
been met with rapturous applause, as the classical masterpieces performed
alongside Diana’s own modern musical journey prove that she will always
be a fantastic traditional player and an exciting original talent.
Having already supported Katherine Jenkins earlier this summer, this show
is one of the many fantastic venues that the talented Diana has played
throughout her career: having dazzled a 60,000 strong audience at the
Khalifa Stadium in Qatar, played a sold-out Hollywood Bowl and made an
appearance at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.
Signed to Sony Music Japan as an International artist, Diana has had
several successful albums and has recently released her new album The
Butterfly Effect. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios with Producer Andy
Wright, the album’s innovative compositions hint at Yukawa’s new modern
musical direction, revealing the violin as a truly diverse instrument.
At only 24, Diana has led an extraordinary life: Born in Tokyo to an
English ballet dancer and a Japanese banker just 3 weeks after the 1985
Japan Airlines disaster that took her father’s life, Diana has crossed
cultural boundaries in her personal life and experiments with those
boundaries in her musical output.
The Kenwood Picnic concert season is one of London’s most popular
alfresco music events, with artists such as Florence and The Machine,
Rufus Wainwright, Diana Krall, Will Young and Jamie Cullum delighting
audiences in addition to Diana Yukawa. And after her triumphant concert,
Diana will be retuning to the studio to work on new material to be
released in 2011 in the UK as she looks forward to returning to the
festival season - for which her team are now taking bookings.
Violinist Diana Yukawa Website
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