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Japanese Pianist Keiko Matsui Delights Audiences in Kyiv

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The world-renowned Japanese pianist Keiko Matsui gave a concert in Kyiv, Ukraine. Our Kyive correspondent was there to take in her Japanese ethnic music, modern jazz and even a touch of the blues.

World-renowned Japanese pianist and composer Keiko Matsui performs on the stage at the Kyiv Palace in Ukraine.
Today she performs some of her most popular compositions backed by an orchestra.

[Keiko Matsui, Pianist]:
"I love a Ukrainian audience. And at a concert I feel like - wow! This is like a Glasgow concert. They are listening to my music very deeply and I think they have a big heart to appreciate different cultures.”

Ms. Matsui began studying piano at the age of five and has released 21 albums.

[Keiko Matsui, Pianist]:
"For me, music is like a prayer, and I believe that music has got much of the power, and I hope that my music can cheer you up or bringing some hope. Or if you are in a tired mood, I want to give energy for that, I wish music can work like that.”

Ukrainian audiences received her original Asian-flavored tunes very warmly.

[Alain Maslovska, Pianist]:
"Her songs are very versatile - A lot of freshness.”

[Vladislav, Guitarist]:
"It’s very nice relaxing music. It promotes meditation and I really like it".

[Vera Ulyanchenko, Former Ukrainian Government Official]:
"For me it's interesting because it has some Eastern culture that we know very little about it. Very rarely do we have the chance to see representatives of the Asian culture performing European art forms.”

NTD News, Kyiv, Ukraine.

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