Mayumi Kato tells us how to attract young generations into the concerts with combinations of classical music with paintings, images, fashion and why music will never die...

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What does music mean to you personally?

Personally, music means “ myself”. It is the sound that I hear within my heart and head coming out to let others listen to the music I made.

Do you agree that music is all about fantasy?

I can’t say Yes or No. I think each musician make their own kind of music.

If you were not a professional musician, would you have been?

I would have been a Pianist or Fright Attendant.

What do you envision the role of classical music to be in the 21 century? Do you see
that there is a transformation of this role?

No, I don’t worry about the future classical music audience, because music never dies. I think this generation has more ways to listen the classical music than the early generation. For example, I can listen through the internet.

When I say that classical music is searching for new ways or that the classical music is getting a new face, what would come to your mind?

Classical music is like lots of colorful blowing bubbles floating around me . And it makes me hear music that I want to play.

Do you think that the classical musician today needs to be more creative? Whats the role of creativity in the musical process for you?

It is neither yes nor no. In my song, mostly I use the Etude as my basis. I challenge myself to combine a taste of a romantic and gorgeous sound and some other various kind of music, too.

Do you think we musicians can do something to attract young generation into the classical music concerts? How will you proceed?

To attract young generations I think of classical music combining with paintings, images, fashion, various industries.

Tell us about your creative process. Do you have your favourite piece (written by you). How did you start working on it?

It is Serenade of the Mermaid. It started when my pianist partner Paul Barton asked me to compose a song for his friend’s name “Undine”which means Serenade of the Mermaid.

We, Moving Classics TV, love the combination of classical music with different disciplines: music and painting, music and cinematography, music and digital art, music and poetry. What do you think about these combinations? 

Exactly! That’s it! This month , I have a pianist friend who had a piano concert collaborated with paintings.
Coincidentally that I have the same awareness of Moving Classic TV .

Can you give some advice for young people who want to discover classical music for themselves?

Please try to listen to Chopin, Debussy, and Rachmaninoff's classical music. I’m sure this music will make your heart pound.

Now it is a common practice in the media to talk that the classical music is getting into the consumption business, do you agree? We are speaking about the supply and demand rules and how to sell your “product” in your case your compositions. How do you see it?

Human beings are doing what is penetrating to the consumption business. Music does not aspire to do so. However, I was very pleased and appreciated it so much that I was able to sell a CD which means that people know my music!

Do you have expectations what regards your listeners, your audience? I would be glad for my listener when they like my music and when I would become their favorite composer. I would like them to play my music and I can let them download it free.

What projects are coming up? Do you experiment in your projects? 

My new CD titled “Mayumi Kato Piano Works volume 3”. It is collaborated with pianist Paul Barton. It is coming out on sale soon. Please listen to it .


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