Noriko Kawamura | TEDxTokyo 2010
A member of the celebrated string trio Orchestrio Zurich—also known as “the smallest orchestra in the world”—Noriko Kawamura started playing violin at the age of three. Later, while a student at Toho University of Music in Tokyo, she took first prize in the Mainichi Student Music Contest. Noriko furthered her music training as a scholarship student at the universities of Munich, Essen and Berlin, winning numerous prizes along the way, including the Kranichsteiner Music Prize at the Darmstadt Modern Music Festival in 1978. In 1991, she received the Klangmobil prize from the Swiss Music Council. Noriko has taken part in many original performances and recordings of contemporary music, ranging from solos to experimental performances involving Japanese traditional bunraku puppet theater, shakuhachi music and pantomime. She also directs the “Andere Kommermusik” (Different Chamber Music) concert series in Zurich and Baden.
Learn more about Noriko Kawamura: Personal website