Namekawa breathes this music …

Maki Namekawa and Philip Glass after the premiere of the Piano Sonata © Klavier-Festival Ruhr / Sven Lorenz
Maki Namekawa and Philip Glass after the premiere of the Piano Sonata © Klavier-Festival Ruhr / Sven Lorenz

On July 4th, 2019 Maki Namekawa premiered the Piano Sonata by Philip Glass at Pianofestival Ruhr in the German town of Essen. The “Salzlager” in the “Zeche Zollverein” was sold out in anticipation of the first piano sonata by the great American composer. After the performance Maki Namekawa and Philip Glass received standing ovations by the exited audience.

Malte Hemmerich of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung wrote: “Namekawa breathes this music, the piece is an example of how close cooperation between composer and performer can create an unparalleled unity …”.