Still feeling stoked that i have finally met and heard Rio Yamase performed live 2 weekends ago at 1 Mont Kiara, and all of this would not have been possible without Malaysia Magazine! Thank you Fumiko-san for this once in a life time opportunity :)
How many of you here enjoy classical music like i do? At one point of my life, i did had a strong interest in picking up classical instruments such as either the violin or the flute but my family couldn't afford to send me for classes nor even purchase the instruments alone as they are really expensive. When i first played piano, it was by ear though i am not pitch perfect like Yamase-san but i learned and practiced through trials and errors before moving on to electrical bass like Mio from K-ON! Except i was a right handed player while she was a leftie lol. My background history in music is pretty much half baked as i never pursue them further, nor found any reason to do so since both my parents weren't very encouraging about it.
I have many friends who's parents were also musicians, thus handing own the talents through their genes and i have always admired them for having such opportunities to learn. Like Yamase-san, who came from a musically inclined family and for those of you who don't know, her mom is a piano teacher while her sister is also a pianist.
Also here's a fun fact about Rio Yamase-san, she's actually born in Malaysia despite being 100% Japanese and to be exact in Assunta Hospital, same place as 3 of my younger siblings were born at too!
What made Yamase-san stands out from every violinist out there is her taste in a certain type of genre which is Scandinavian music, it isn't something you come across everyday too. Inspired by her sister who married and moved to Norway, Yamase-san took interest in their traditional musical instrument called the Hardanger fiddle that led her on the path of learning Scandinavian music and because this instrument was only played by men and hardly a handful of women who learned it.
To add on to the challenge, there wasn't any physical musical notes to learn from too, so Yamase-san had to learn by ear and her hard work has paid off as she is now being invited to perform in Scandinavian countries during their national day and government related events.