Chat with conductor Hakimi Joshua

On the occasion of both the orchestra and the choir put under the command of a unique guest conductor from Japan, had a quick chat with conductor Hakimi Joshua to understand more about his musical views. . During the conversation, he always seemed to keep the notes in his head, occasionally raising his chopstick to make a few strokes in the air, his face dreamy.

How many times have you been to Vietnam?

This is the 10th time in the past 10 years. As for VNOB, this is my third time working with.

What is your typical style when conducting an orchestra?

I look like a doctor. And because everyone can have so many face types, I look like a surgeon at times. There are times when the orchestra chooses a certain style for me.

About the upcoming show, what will be the main spirit?

Music has no boundaries. I’m Japanese, you’re Vietnamese, but we’re all the same. Music transcends boundaries. So we can work together. I wanted the audience to hear the sounds we made together, and feel Beethoven.

What energy will you bring to the show?

I do not know, either. I will let what happen and feel. Right at that moment.

Are you afraid of making mistakes?

No and no, we shouldn’t care about making mistakes. Take care of the heart. And the important thing is effort and hard work.

To the audience, do you have any suggestions for them to prepare for the show?

I just want to tell the audience to feel, and look at the faces of the musicians. When musicians are happy to play music, they smile.

Did you perform on a special occasion in Kessennuma city, Miaygi province after the terrible earthquake in 2011?

I am a person born in Kessenuma. After the earthquake Miyagi prefecture invited us including the orchestra and choir to come. That day we also chose Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. We wanted a song that cheered people up and brought people together. This is also the version that we will perform here.

You have worked in different countries, what does the difference give you?

Well, it’s hard to answer. I think people need to work harder to have a better future. People need to help each other more.

Thank you for taking the time to do this interview!

About conductor Hakimi Joshua:

Hakimi Joshua was born in 1981 in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. He graduated from the music pedagogy department at Fukuoka Normal University. He studied conducting from teacher Hirotaka Tachibana and took a conducting course at Toho Gakuen Music School. Since 2007, he founded the Orchestra Style K youth orchestra. He has conducted many important musical events such as Performances for residents of Kessennuma city in Miyagi prefecture where the terrible earthquake occurred in 2011, performing performing in memory of the victims of 9/11 in New York in 2013. He often works in Japan, Russia (with the St. Petersburg Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra), and occasionally in Vietnam.

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