Princeton Club of Japan Joins Kai Shibuya ’14 for Concert

On February 3rd 2019, Kai Shibuya ’14 performed in Ensemble Franc’s 2019 Winter Concert conducted by Yuri Nitta and featuring oboe soloist Janne Korhonen of the Finnish National Opera Orchestra. Several Princeton Club of Japan members joined in the audience to show support. The concert, programmed to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of diplomatic relations between Finland and Japan, featured pieces from the baroque, Romantic, and 20th century eras. The energetic nature of Tryptique by Yasushi Akutagawa was especially well received by the audience.

Kai joined Ensemble Franc in 2015 after hearing about them from Hidekazu Oki ’00, a long-time supporter of Franc who heard about them from Sydnie Reed ‘07, who used to play violin in the group. Kai and Sydnie have never actually met each other in person, and this unconventional way of joining Ensemble Franc continues to be a point of interest within the group.

Ensemble Franc (https://www.ensemblefranc.com/) is looking for new members! If there are any Princeton Club of Japan members who are interested in joining Ensemble Franc, please contact Kai at kshibuya@alumni.princeton.edu.

Maria di Visser (friend of Princeton), Max Yeh '91, Kai Shibuya '14, Ed Rogers '87, Hidekazu Oki '00

Maria di Visser (friend of Princeton), Max Yeh '91, Kai Shibuya '14, Ed Rogers '87, Hidekazu Oki '00

2nd violin section

2nd violin section