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Duo1_small.jpg"Duo YUMENO 夢乃", which means "dream-like" in Japanese.
There is a little story behind this name. We own a scroll that was given to Hikaru from his godfather, Soko Morinaga who was a Buddhist priest in Kyoto. There is a calligraphy written by him on the scroll, which reads: 夢乃里無片雲 (In the land of dreams, not a single cloud exists).We really cherish this scroll and the poem, so we took the first two Chinese characters and use them for our moniker, hoping that our dreams will be cleared as blue sky!

Marty Regan: Frolicking with the Birds - Yoko Reikano Kimura (koto) & Hikaru Tamaki (cello) from Duo YUMENO 夢乃 on Vimeo.

Media: New York Times , The Herald Palladium


New York based koto / shamisen player and singer Yoko Reikano Kimura and cellist Hikaru Tamaki create a singular fusion sound, inspired by tradition but with a contemporary sensibility. Duo YUMENO's repertoire includes a dynamic range of compositions - both traditional and contemporary - all of which explore the dialogue between classical Japanese and western music. Duo YUMENO champions works by contemporary American and Japanese composers, including Marty Regan, Daron Hagen, James Nyoraku Schlefer, Gene Coleman, Yoko Sato, Martin Max Shreiner, Lou Harrison, Minoru Miki, Takatomi Nobunaga and Hiroki Tamaki. In 2014, they were awarded the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program grant to commission a new work by Gene Coleman, and in 2015, received the Aoyama Baroque Saal Award. Their activities have been featured in the media, like the New York Times, Chamber Music Magazine, Yomiuri Shimbun, Hōgaku Journal and NPR. 

Yoko Reikano Kimura and Hikaru Tamaki first collaborated at the Fort Wayne Cherry Blossom Festival in 2008 and since then, have been performing together regularly in Japan and the US. Between 2010 and 2013, they have presented the Kacho-fugetsu concert series, for which they commissioned works by Marty Regan over a four year period. In recognition of the Kacho-fugetsu series, they were awarded the Janet Latz Professional Fellowship in 2011. Since 2010, they have held a successful annual tour to Japan that has extended to such cities as Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. Some of the notable venues are the Tokyo National Museum, the Myōnichi-kan Auditorium (Tokyo), the Aoyama Music Memorial Hall (Kyoto), Ryōan-ji and Yakushi-ji Temples. They have been actively presenting their cross-cultural programs throughout the US and have performed at venues such as the United Nations, New England Conservatory, Tufts University, Texas A&M University, Ball State University, Bargemusic, Bryant Park, Tenri Cultural Institute of New York, Globus Washitsu, Renaissance Society of Chicago and Krasl Art Center (MI).

The duo was invited to Turkey in 2013, performing at the former Consulate General of Japan in Istanbul and at Namik Kemal University in Tekirdag. In 2014, they visited Trinidad and were featured at the opening concert of "Japan - CARICOM (14 Caribbean countries) Friendship Year 2014" - an event promoted by the Japan Foundation, NY and co-organized by the Embassy of Japan in Trinidad and Tobago. Their long-awaited debut duo CD, "Flowers, Birds, Wind, Moon: Music of Marty Regan" was released in May 2015.

Hikaru Tamaki (cello)

Hikaru 2_small.jpgHikaru Tamaki concertizes regularly as a soloist and a chamber musician in the US and Japan. He served as the principal cellist of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and was a member of the Freimann String Quartet from 2001 to 2013. Before joining the Philharmonic, he was an associate principal cellist of the Chicago Civic Orchestra and performed under the baton of Daniel Barenboim at Carnegie Hall. Born in Kyoto, Japan in 1975, he studied with Noboru Kamimura and Peter Seidenberg. Studies in the United States began in 1994 at the Eastman School of Music, where he was named a George Eastman Scholar, and continued at Rice University and Northwestern University. He was awarded a bachelor of arts degree from Rice and a master of music degree from Northwestern University, where his teachers were Paul Katz and Hans Jorgen Jensen. Hikaru was a prizewinner in the prestigious All Japan Viva Hall Cello Competition in 2000. Other awards include first Prize at the Society of American Musicians Young Artists Competition and the Bach Festival Young Artists Competition in Kalamazoo, Michigan. During visits to Japan each year, he gives solo performances, lecture concerts and chamber concerts. Solo performances with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic have included the Dvorak Cello Concerto, Schelomo, Don Quixote and most recently the Haydn Cello Concerto in D. In 2008 he released his first solo album, which includes the works of J.S. Bach and Toshiro Mayuzumi. In 2009, he began collaborations with his wife, Yoko Reikano Kimura (koto/shamisen) and they have given concerts and workshops in various cities in Japan, the US and around the world under the moniker Duo YUMENO. In 2011, they were awarded the Janet Latz Professional Development Fellowship in recognition of their duo activities. In 2014, he was invited to serve as guest principal cellist of the Reading Symphony Orchestra and SONOS Chamber Orchestra.


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互いのルーツに根ざした個々のソリストしての技量と、夫婦ならではの緻密なアンサンブルには定評があり、ニューヨークタイムズ紙、ヘラルド・パラディウム紙、Chamber Music Magazine、ナショナルパブリックラジオ『Meet the Music』、読売新聞、邦楽ジャーナル紙など日米のメディアで、その活動が紹介されている。日本では毎年リサイタルを開催、これまでに東京国立博物館、京都青山音楽記念館、龍安寺、薬師寺などで演奏を続ける。アメリカでは、国連、ニューイングランド音楽院、シカゴ大学、バージミュージック他、各地で演奏。

2008年春、アメリカ・フォートウェイン市「さくらフェスティバル」にて初共演。2009年より本格的にデュオ活動をスタート。2011年、「箏とチェロによる花鳥風月コンサート」シリーズの功績により、アメリカにおいてJanet Latz Professional Fellowshipを受賞。2013年、イスタンブール旧総領事館、テキルダー、ナミク•ケマル大学にて公演。2014年、国際交流基金ニューヨーク日本文化センター派遣により、トリニダード・トバコ公演。カルモナ大統領公邸にて謁見演奏。アメリカ室内楽協会より、クラシック作品委嘱プログラムの助成を得る。2015年、前年に京都青山音楽記念館にて開催されたリサイタルの功績により、青山音楽賞•バロックザール賞を受賞。アメリカ室内楽協会主催"New Music in Bryant Park"に出演。2010年より4年間かけて委嘱初演を続けた"花鳥風月"(マーティン•リーガン作曲)をCDリリース。2015年より、アメリカを代表するオペラ作曲家ダロン•ハーゲンと共に"平家物語"をテーマとするコンサートシリーズを行う。

*デュオ名"Duo YUMENO夢乃"は、禅宗の盛永宗興老師より頂いた言葉「夢里片雲無」より、二字頂き、2013年に改名。

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1975年生まれ。上村昇、ピーター・サイデンバーグ両氏にチェロを師事。1994年に渡米し、ジョージ・イーストマン奨学金を得てイーストマン音楽大学に入学、ポール・カッツ氏に師事する。以後ライス大学を経て、ノースウェスタン大学院にてハンス・イェンセン氏に学ぶ。2000年のビバホール国際チェロコンクールにて入賞。アメリカ音楽協会コンクールにて優勝。ミシガン州・バッハフェスティバル・コンクールにて優勝。1999年より在籍したシカゴ・シビックオーケストラでは首席を努め、ダニエル・バレンボイム氏の指揮の下、カーネギーホールにて演奏。2001年から2013年までフォートウェイン・フィルハーモニー管弦楽団の首席チェロ奏者、並びにフライ マン弦楽四重奏団のメンバーとして活躍。母国である日本において、ソロや室内楽の演奏活動も幅広く行う。2004年、アーケディア・ピアノトリオを結成。アーカディー音楽祭(メーン州)、ニューヨーク国連本部にて演奏。日本でも東京、関西にてコンサートを開催。邦楽とのコラボレーションにも意欲的にとりくみ、2009年にはNYの井上音楽アンサンブル主催コンサートに招聘される。ソリストとしてフォートウェイン・フィルハーモニー管弦楽団と共に、これまでにハイドンの2つのチェロ協奏曲、ブロッホのヘブライ狂詩曲、リヒャルト・シュトラウスの交響詩「ドン・キホーテ」、ドヴォルジャークのチェロ協奏曲などを演奏。2008年にはソロCDを発表。バッハの無伴奏チェロ組曲や黛敏郎の「文楽」を収録。2014年、レディング交響楽団、SONOS室内管弦楽団にゲスト首席奏者として招待される。


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