The 9th Summer in JAPAN Concert
– Sumire Hirotsuru and Her Friends –

August 6, Friday, 2021

Sumire Hirotsuru, violin
Moeri Kobayashi, piano
Yukie Kawanami, bandoneon

Ticket Price
Streaming Pass: ¥2,000 (tax included)
*Additional fees will be charged


SIJ Concert is back this year! As we mark the 9th year of Summer in JAPAN, Sumire is welcoming two tango musicians who she met in Vermont, US in 2018. Yukie Kawanami, the winner of the 1st Che Bandoneon International Competition, and Moeri Kobayashi, who learned tango piano from Pablo Ziegler, one of the leading tango pianists from Argentina will be joined by SIJ Co-Founder, Sumire Hirotsuru on violin. Enjoy the evening of tango in this Piazzolla’s 100th anniversary year!


・Michelangelo ’70
・Verano Porteno
・Adios Nonino
・Libertango – by Astor Piazzolla

・Solfeando – by Alfredo Gobbi

・Fetiche – by Julián Peralta
…and more!

Eighth Anniversary Sumire Hirotsuru and Her Friends Classical Concert 2020

Date: August 3, Monday, 2020

Sumire Hirotsuru, violin
Hideki Goto, piano
Junpei Niimi, baritone

General: 2,000 yen
Summer in JAPAN students: Free
(Ticket holders can watch the show until August 9th, 11:59pm JST)

Summer in JAPAN Classical Concert goes online this year!
SIJ co-founder Sumire Hirotsuru will be performing her first-ever online concert, welcoming two musicians based in her hometown Oita – Hideki Goto on piano & Jumpei Niimi on baritone.

The music selection includes her favorite solo violin repertoire, solo baritone classics, Japanese tunes and some violin-piano-baritone trio arrangements which are rarely put together.

Get your tickets now and watch the show on a favorite couch with your favorite drink, from anywhere in the world!

Syncopation シンコペーション / Fritz Kreisler
Die Forelle 鱒 / Franz Peter Schubert
Musica proibita 禁じられた音楽 / Stanislao Gastaldon
Oblivion 忘却 / Astor Piazzolla
Romanian Folk Dances ルーマニア民俗舞曲 / Béla Bartók

落葉松 (Larch) / 小林秀雄作曲・野上彰作詞
待ちぼうけ (Waiting in the Vain) / 山田耕筰作曲・北原白秋作詞
Meditation from Thais タイスの瞑想曲 / Jules Massenet
Csárdás チャルダッシュ / Vittorio Monti
いのちの歌 (Song of Life) / 村松崇継作曲・Miyabi作詞
Granada グラナダ / Agustin Lara

Runtime: 45 minutes

Seventh Anniversary Sumire Hirotsuru and Her Harvard Friends Classical Concert 2019

Date: August 1, Thursday, 2019
Place: J:COM HorutoHall Oita (Oita City, Japan)


Sixth Anniversary Sumire Hirotsuru and Her Harvard Friends Classical Concert 2018

Date: August 6, Monday, 2018
Place: iichiko Otono Izumi Hall (Oita City, Japan)


Fifth Anniversary Sumire Hirotsuru and Her Harvard Friends Classical Concert 2017
Date: August 7, Monday, 2017
Place: iichiko Otono Izumi Hall (Oita City, Japan)




String Quartet No. 30 in E-flat, Op. 33 No. 2, “The Joke” 4th movement / F. Haydn
The Ansonia Quartet: Sumire Hirotsuru, Byungchan Lee, Meagan Turner, Isabel Kwon


Partita for Solo Violin No. 3 in E-major BWV. 1006 3rd movement / J.S. Bach 
Woody Wang


Capriccio for Unaccompanied Clarinet in A / Heinrich Sutermeister
Eric Zhou


Quintet in A major for Clarinet and Strings K. 581 4th movement / W.A. Mozart
Eric Zhou, Woody Wang, Ellen Roper, Byungchan Lee, Meagan Turner


Smells like Teen Spirit   ––  Nirvana / arr. Two Cellos  
Isabel Kwon, Ellen Roper


String Quartet No. 14 in D minor “Death and the Maiden” 1st and 4th movement / F. Schubert
The Ansonia Quartet




Piano Trio No. 39 in G major, “Zigeunertrio” 1st movement / F. Haydn
Eiko Nagano, Ellen Roper, Woody Wang


Zigeunerweisen / P. Sarasate 
Sumire Hirotsuru, Eiko Nagano


“Primavera Portena” from the Four Seasons / A. Piazzolla
Sumire Hirotsuru, Isabel Kwon, Eiko Nagano


Quintet in A major for Piano and Strings, Op. 81 4th movement / A. Dvorak
The Ansonia Quartet, Eiko Nagano





Sumire Hirotsuru and Her Harvard Friends Classical Concert 2016


Date: July 31, 2016 19:30 – 21:00 Location: HorutoHall Oita, Japan
The fourth Summer in JAPAN Music Concert, one of the main events during SIJ 2016 featuring a diversity of music and theater works selected from all over the world!


Sumire Hirotsuru ’16(Violin, Harvard College & The Juilliard School)
Dominique Kim ’17 (Flute, Harvard College ’17 & New England Conservatory of Music)
Andy Troska ’17 (Tenor, Harvard College Opera Society & Chorus)
Steven Kunis ’17(Actor, Director at Harvard In-house Productions)
Max McGillivray ’15(Actor, Hasty Pudding Theatricals, USA oldest theater company)
Junko Imamura (Viola), Koji Sekihara (Cello), Eiko Nagano (Piano) and others 


    1. “Benedictus” from Mass in B minor, BWV 232 / J.S. Bach
    2. St. Cristian’s day speech from Henry the fourth / Shakespeare
    3. Flute Quartet in D major, K285 1st movement / Mozart
    4. Tzigane / Ravel  and others   



Sumire Hirotsuru and Her Harvard Friends Classical Concert 2015


Date: July 31, 2015 19:00 – 21:00 Location: HorutoHall Oita, Japan
The third Summer in Japan Music Concert, one of the main events during SIJ 2015 had a wide variety of music and theater works selected from all over the world.


Maxwell Phillips, Harvard College ’15 (Pf.)   
Sumire Hirotsuru, Harvard College ’16 (Vn.) 
Maxon Moulton, Harvard College ’18 (A.Sax.)
Anna Hagen, Harvard College ’15 (Monologue)
Ava Violich, Harvard College ’18 (A.Gt., Vo.)


    1. Romanian Folk Dances Sz.56 / Béla Bartók
    2. Sonata No.3 for alto saxophone solo, selected movements / George Frideric Handel
    3. “Fugue” for piano solo (Japan premiere) / Maxwell Phillips
    4. Waltz-Scherzo Op.34 / Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    5. Piano Quintet Op.44, 1st movement / Robert Schumann
    6. 6 Little Pieces Op.19 / Arnold choenberg
    7. Blackbird / Lennon-McCartney
    8. Houdini / Foster The People
    9. Monologue from Romeo and Juliet / William hakespeare
    10. Oblivion, Escualo / Astor Piazzolla


  1. Do-Re-Mi / from “The Sound of Music”
  2. Csárdás / Vittorio Monti


Sumire Hirotsuru and Her Harvard Friends Classical Concert 2014

Date: August 2 (Sat), 2014 19:15 – 21:00 Location: HorutoHall Oita, Japan
The Second Summer in JAPAN Classical Music Concert is one of the main events during SIJ 2014 ‒ four violins, one clarinet, one trumpet, one vocalist and a lot more.


Enchi Chang, Harvard College ’17( Vn.)
Jerway Chang, Harvard College ’14( Vn.)
Patrick Sanguineti, Harvard College ’17( Trp.)
Perry Choi, Harvard College ’15( Cl.)
Rachel Orol, Harvard College ’15( Vo.)
Serena Wang, Harvard College ’16( Vn.)
Sumire Hirotsuru, Harvard College ’16( Vn.)
Enchi Chang, Harvard Collage’17 (Vn.)


  1. Salut d’Amour / Edward Elgar
  2. Intrada / Otto Ketting
  3. Nocturne & Waltz from Masquerade / Aram Khachaturian
  4. Adagio from Violin Sonata No.1 in G minor, BWV 1001 / J.S. Bach
  5. Navarra / Pablo de Sarasate
  6. Spring and Summer from The Four Seasons / Antonio Vivaldi
  7. Meadowlark fromThe Baker’s Wife / Stephen Schwartz
  8. Summertime from Porgy and Bess / George Gershwin
  9. Adios Nonino, Libertango / Ástor Piazzolla


Sumire Hirotsuru and her Harvard Classmates Music Concert 2013

Date: August 3, 2013 19:00 Place: HorutoHall, Oita
Sumire Hirotsuru, a violinist from Oita and the winner of an international music competition; Carl Rogers, a member of the Harvard-Radclie Orchestra, the oldest symphony orchestra in the U.S.; and Jason Lee, who studies molecular biology and the piano, perform classical music. Self-expression through art, as well as studying, will be conveyed to children.

Performers Harvard students:

Carl Rogers (violin),
Sumire Hirotsuru (violin)
Jason Lee (piano)

Professional players:

Junko Imamura (viola)
Koji Sekihara (cello)
Eiko Nagano (piano)


  1. Nocturne in F minor, Op. 55, No. 1 / Chopin (1810-1849)
  2. Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34, I. Allegro non troppo / Brahms (1833-1897)
  3. Melodie / Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
  4. Concerto for two violins in D minor, BWV 1043 / J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
  5. Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice / Kreisler (1875-1962)
  6. Eight Concert Etudes, Op.40, No. 1 “Prelude” in C Major / Nikolai Kapustin (1937- )
  7. Zigeunerweisen / Sarasate (1844-1908)