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Japan Tours - Tour 2008 - Presentation

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Tour Presentation

In March and April 2008, year of the 100th anniversary of the Japanese Immigration to Brazil, Amaral Vieira will be performing throughout Japan in what will be his 8th concert tour in the country. His tour includes twenty-four performances in some of Japan's leading concert halls. Together with his previous tours (1994, 1995, 1996 (2), 1999, 2002 and 2005), he will reach the landmark of 250 performances in more than two hundred Japanese cities.

In Japan, Amaral Vieira is an exclusive artist of the Min-On Concert Association, one of the largest music-management agencies in Asia.

Amaral Vieira has become Japan's best-known Brazilian pianist and composer. The public always attends his recitals with exceptional enthusiasm, and tickets are sold out two to three months in advance.

This is notable in that Japanese concert halls seat up to 5.000 people.
In Japan this highly acclaimed artist is known for his distinguished interpretations and compositions and his music is frequently performed and recorded in the country. Kazuko Kobayashi, a distinguished Japanese pianist, has released her first CD “The Snow Country Prince” recorded for the prestigious label DENON (which belongs to Japan Columbia Corporation), entirely devoted to Amaral Vieira's works.

Amaral Vieira has been honored with several awards, which attests to his enormous popularity and respect in Japan.

Among these are:

1992 - Min-On Award of Highest Honor, for his cultural work as a whole. It was the first time that this award was granted to a Latin American artist.

1993 - Japan SGI Award of Culture - for his artistic work in support of Worldwide Peace and Culture;

1997 - Soka University Award of Highest Honor - Professor Emeritus;

1997 - Soka Friendship Award - Soka University Student Congregation.

2003 – Soka Gakkai Art Award, for his activities as a composer, pianist and promoter of musical art throughout the world (Tokyo, Japan)

2005 – Prize “Honorary Ambassador of Music” awarded by Soka University of America (Tokyo, Japan)

Kobe Bunka Hall - Big Hall