First day of rehearsals in Tokyo! / 東京でのリハーサル 一日目!

-From Wenhong Luo, viola

Hi this is Wenhong, I am the violist in the quartet this time for the music sharing program. Today is the first day that Midori and everyone meets in Tokyo and works together. After a 13-hour flight from Boston I finally got here last night around 8pm – surprisingly I didn’t feel tired all maybe because that Tokyo is too cool and exciting for one that I don’t want to lose any minutes to experience it. I couldn’t help but feel home here, and this experience makes this trip interesting already!

Will have more detailed stories in the coming days, thank you!




-From Jeremias Sergiani-Velázquez, violin

My name is Jeremias Sergiani-Velázquez. I’m a violinist from Argentina currently living in New York City. This is my first time in Japan and I’m really loving Tokyo! I arrived today and also had my first rehearsal. After one rehearsal, I must say that I’m really looking forward to make music with such a wonderful group of people, as well as sharing our music in Nepal. It is a great pleasure and learning experience to be able to play with an artist like Midori. Looking forward to this great adventure!

アルゼンチン出身のヴァイオリン奏者、ヘレミアス・セルジャーニ-ヴェラスケスです。今はニューヨークに住んでいて、日本に来るのは初めてですが、東京は大好きです! 今日、日本に到着後、早速リハーサルがありました。この素晴らしい仲間と演奏すること、ネパールの人々とそれを分かちあえることをとても嬉しく思っています。また、みどりのような偉大なアーティストと演奏できるのは、大きな喜びであり、よい経験になります。これからのツアーがとても楽しみです。


-From Michael Katz, cello

My name is Michael Katz, I’m a cellist originally from Israel but have been living in New York for the past 8 years.

I’m so excited for another tour with ICEP, having previously gone to Myanmar (2013) and Japan (2014, 2016). It’s always a wonderful feeling to be back in Japan but I’m especially happy to get the opportunity to visit Nepal again after visiting with my family 14 years ago.

After the first rehearsal it already looks like it’s going to be a great trip and I can’t wait to start reporting from Nepal!






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