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“We lose a magnificent musician, but above all a wonderful person, of great humanity “. So the master Francesco Andreoli remembers Satoko Shikama, Japanese soprano but for many years residing in Bresciawho passed away yesterday after a long illness.
Musically trained in Japan, first as a pianist and then as an opera singer, after winning a scholarship she moved to Italy in 2001, graduating from the Brescia Conservatory two years later. Winner of numerous competitions and interpreter of various opera roleshad also dedicated herself to the chamber repertoire and had collaborated – as a soloist and as a chorister – in symphonic productions with masters such as Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Daniel Harding, Simon Rattle, Wolfgang Sawallisch and orchestras such as the Tokyo Philarmonic and the orchestra of ‘Giuseppe Tartini’ bows.
His collaboration with the Brixia Camera Chorus led by Francesco Andreoli, of which he was also a much appreciated singing teacher, was long and particularly fruitful. “Her voice was special, her professionalism was impeccable, her love for music was absolute” underlines the maestro. «In choral practice, she placed herself at the service of others. Even if the choirs happen to find themselves in complicated situations – such as concerts with few rehearsals and little time – she Satoko she always conveyed tranquility and she never let a complaint escape.
The last concert was in April. «His physique was visibly tried by the disease, which by choice of him was known only to a very few. Yet, he sang very well, as if he were in perfect health: in the music he evidently found his natural environment ». There are no funerals or public ceremonies. Friends and acquaintances will be able to say goodbye to Satoko Shikama at her home.CopyAMP code.
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