Monday, April 18, 1921: Pianist Mayako MUROI was born.

1921 (Taisho 10) Monday, April 18 “oldest active pianist” Mayako MUROI was born. She started playing the piano at the age of six, and studied under TAKAORI Miyaji (Miyaji Takaori), a leading prewar pianist who is also famous for teaching the piano to Her Majesty the Empress Michiko. 1941 (Showa 16) Graduated Tokyo Music School with top honors. Graduated in 1943 (Showa 18) under Professor Leonid Kreutzer. 1945 (Showa 20) Debuted as a soloist at Hibiya Public Hall in January at a concert of the Japan Symphony Orchestra, the predecessor of the current NHK Symphony Orchestra. After that, many performances were held, and it is said that he goes to the piano about 4 hours a day even now when he is old.

The other day on April 7, a concert to celebrate his 100 year anniversary was held at Nikkei Hall in Otemachi, where he performed Beethoven “For Elise.” and “moonlight”. I think I also want to take care of my health and work well until I’m 100.

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