Diana Yukawa is an extremely talented violinist and songwriter UK with a powerful performance and diverse sound. She truly takes your breath away and she owns the stage. She is an absolute delight to work with at festivals such as Latitude Festival and Festival Republic. Her performance and sound is revolutionary whilst remaining sophisticated and family friendly. The sound is best described as Electronic Classical. Diana as an electric violinist supported Katherine Jenkins in concert and has headlined for Picnic Concerts at Kenwood House in London.
Electronic Classical Violinist Diana Yukawa
Yukawa finds the right drawing-room charm for Elgar’s Salut d’amour and Reis’s La capricciosa and brings to the Japanese compositions a sincerity which the sleeve notes poignantly explain. Her father died in the Boeing 747 aircrash in 1985. Her first performance of Elegy, composed to lyrics by another man who lost his wife in the crash, was given on the mountainside in Japan where it happened. The concert encore is now established as an art form in its own right. The Diana Yukawa Elegy, coming hot on the heels of an encore CD by violinist Maxim Vengerov, needs no apology.
And since Fritz Kreisler started the game, it’s appropriate that his arrangements should permeate this Japanese fiddler’s disc. Eight out of its 18 tracks are by him, including his Liebeslied and La campanella, with others by Wieniawski and the great Sarasate. (Amazon). Choose Elegy – for your music collection. Yukawa’s tone is big, firm and muscular. If this means we’re short-changed on the magic of Gluck’s Melodie and the serenity of Bach’s Air on a G String, it does guarantee us a bracing ride.
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