She is an elegant violinist: her tone is full, dark and beautiful, her interpretations are emotive, lovingly detailed and carefully wrought.
Tim Page, The New York Times
… there are moments of quiet epiphany which she [Wakabayashi] and Wise bring off with breathtaking intensity and beauty of sound. And, make no mistake, this is real music, not paper experimentation: inventive, communicative, life-enhancing.
Anthony Burton, BBC Music Magazine
Nobu Wakabayashi (1957–2016)
Nobu Wakabayashi graduated from the Music High School Attached to the Faculty of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts; the Tokyo University of the Arts; its postgraduate school; and the Juilliard School. She earned a doctorate in 1995 with her dissertation, Devils That Appear in Music.
The violinist won the first prize at the International Artists Competition in New York in 1986; the second prize, the best musical interpretation prize, Henryk Szeryng Special Prize, Wanda Wiłkomirska Special Prize, and the Mayor of Poznań Prize at the International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition; and prizes at many other competitions including the Montreal International Musical Competition.
After her debut recital at Carnegie Hall in 1987 that received a high evaluation from the New York Times, she gave solo recitals in various countries including the USA, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland, Switzerland, Austria, China and Korea. She performed as a soloist also with orchestras.
Her debut CD Brahms: Sonatas for Violin & Piano Nos. 1, 2 & 3 was released from Pickwick in England and selected as The CD of the Week by the Daily Telegraph. It was highly evaluated as an excellent recording and attracted attention of European music journals. She made a series of recordings also for the West German Broadcasting Cologne, including the 2-CD set Charles Ives: Complete Works for Violin and Piano. This set was released from Arte Nova Classics and became available in Japan in 2000. It was internationally released again in May 2007 in a new package and has been introduced in many countries.
Wakabayashi appeared on NHK Radio, NHK general TV, NHK educational TV and NHK’s international services, playing the violin and providing lucid comments on classical music that gained a high reputation. The violinist taught younger musicians in master classes on various occasions including the Madrid International Festival, the Nara International Academy, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival.
She studied violin with Dorothy DeLay, Emanuel Vardi, Yoshio Unno and Chikashi Tanaka; chamber music with Felix Galimir and Joseph Fuchs; and music theory with Michael White and Robert French.
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