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08 JULY 2022 (TORONTO, ON) — Flautist, Cocomi releases new performance video of “Ave Maria” from her latest debut album, de l’amour (out 29 April).


The video was shot at the teamLab Borderless: MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM, in a unique art space titled "Forest of Flowers and People: Lost, Immersed and Reborn," where multiple seasons exist simultaneously and the flowers surrounding you slowly evolve, mimicking the seasonal changes.


Chinese pianist Niu Niu, who performed with Cocomi on her album de l'amour and participated in the filmingcommented:  "It was a really beautiful place and I think it really creates this surreal kind of feeling which is very suitable for this piece and also for Cocomi’s album title. “L’amour” (love) should be something colorful like what is surrounding us.” Cocomi commented: “The Artworks are amazing and I really love the idea of how the flowers bloom where you stand. It was such a magical experience to be in this room.”


Track Listing

  1. Ave Maria (S.Bach/Gounod) - Niu Niu (piano)
  2. Sicilienne (Fauré ) - MILOŠ (guitar)
  3. Estrellita (Ponce) - Haruma Sato (cello), Miyuji Kaneko (piano)
  4. Vocalise (Rachmaninoff) - Niu Niu (piano)
  5. Le Cygne (Saint-Saens) - MILOŠ (guitar), Yu Manabe Strings
  6. Liebesleid (Kreisler) - Alexander Gadjiev (piano)
  7. Liebesfreud (Kreisler) - Ray Chen (violin), Tomoharu Ushida (piano)
  8. Après un rêve (Fauré) - Alexander Gadjiev (piano)
  9. Les chemins de l’amour (Poulenc) - Haruma Sato (cello), Miyuji Kaneko (piano)
  10. Méditation de Thaïs (Massenet) - David Garrett (violin), Tomoharu Ushida (piano)


Cocomi (flute): Profile


Cocomi started on violin and piano at three and flute at eleven.

She has finished masterclasses with Vladimir Ashkenazy and Emmanuel Pahud.

She is the three-time winner of the Award for Excellence, one Grand Prize, and an Honorable Mention at the Yamano Junior Flute Competition.

In 2019, she was awarded the highest prize at the Nihon Sogaku Competition, the first prize in the wind instrument category, the French Modern Music Award.

Currently, Cocomi is taking College Diploma Course at Toho Gakuen College of Music. She also studies flute under Hiroaki Kanda, principal flutist of the NHK Symphony Orchestra.

In Jan. 2021, Cocomi made an appearance as a soloist for Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra's" New Year Concert 2021."

She also performed, the same year, at an annual "Oto Butai" concert (with no audience) held at Nishi Hongan Temple in Kyoto.


Niu Niu (piano): Profile


Niu Niu is the nickname and performing identity of Shengliang Zhang, born into a musical family in Xiamen, Fujian province, China in 1997. After showing talent at the age of three, Niu Niu received his first lessons from his father. He made his recital debut in August 2003, a few weeks after his sixth birthday, with a programme that included a Mozart piano sonata and a Chopin étude. At the age of eight, he became the youngest student in the 85-year history of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.


Since the age of ten, Niu Niu (meaning “Little Ox”) has studied with Professor Hung-Kuan Chen, initially at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and, more recently, at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts - where Niu Niu and his family relocated. Chen believes Niu Niu possesses “an untold passion and aesthetic that belies his tender age”. Another mentor is pianist Leslie Howard, who describes his protégé as “the finest young musician I have ever known.”


In 2007 Niu Niu became the youngest pianist ever to sign an exclusive recording contract with an international classical label – EMI Classics now Warner Classics. In July 2008, he released his debut album, “Niu Niu plays Mozart” followed by “Niu Niu plays Chopin-The Complete Études” in 2010 and “Niu Niu Liszt Transcriptions” in 2012. Completed in June 2014, a recording of Rachmaninov’s Piano concerto No.2 and Paganini Variations with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and their Music Director Jacek Kaspszyk. The recordings immediately led to an invitation to perform concerts with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2016, Niu Niu released his 6th album "Niu Niu Portrait".


Niu Niu opened his 14/15 season performing the Dvorak Piano Concerto with Jiri Belohlavek and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra at the Dvorak Prague Festival, while other recent highlights include his debut with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra under Muhai Tang performing Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 as well as returning to the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, again under Muhai Tang, performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1. Niu Niu also performed in Japan for a series of tours in 2014: in March 2014 he worked once again with Yutaka Sado and his Super Kids Orchestra for a five-city tour of the major concert halls in Japan and during the summer he toured Japan extensively - giving recitals in major halls such as Suntory Hall Tokyo, Symphony Hall Osaka and others, with one critic describing the performance as the ‘best concert of the year’. Niu Niu just completed 16 cities concert tour in China within one month in August 2016.


Other career highlights to date include an invitation to London’s Royal Festival Hall to perform Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.1 at the 2007 Pearl Awards, conducted by his coach and mentor Leslie Howard. The concert was held in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales. Niu Niu’s performance in China’s annual televised New Year’s concert in 2007 was watched by an estimated audience of half a billion. In October 2010 in Berlin, Niu Niu was made laureate of the 2010 PRIX Montblanc, awarded annually to young emerging instrumentalists in the classical music world. Since then, Niu Niu has appeared in recital in many of the world’s most prestigious venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, Beijing National Centre for the Performing Arts (the first youngest pianist's solo concert in NCPA), Shanghai Oriental Centre, Suntory Hall Tokyo and Symphony Hall Osaka. As well as performing extensively throughout Japan and China (including a 25 date concerts in 2007/08) he has performed in Switzerland and France with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, given concerts in Berlin, Hamburg, Dortmund and Essen, and, as first laureate of the Artemisia Foundation, he gave debuts in Boston’s Jordan Hall and Yale University’s Sprague Hall in 2012. Last season he performed Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini and Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.1 in Hyogo Performing Arts Centre with Maestro Yutaka Sado, as well as the performance of both violin and piano concertos with Shanghai Philharmonic orchestra with Maestro Muhai Tang.


In 2014, Niu Niu was accepted to The Juilliard School under full scholarship, and is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Music Degree.





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