Monthly Giving Thank You

Our First Monthly Giving Mingle!

By Elina Wakabayashi, NPF Monthly Giving Co-Ordinator

On Saturday, April 11th, we held our first ever Nikkei Place Foundation Monthly Giving Club Appreciation Mingle! It was an exciting chance for us to reunite with some familiar faces in the community as well as happily welcome new faces to Nikkei Place. Monthly Giving is a different form of giving back to the community and is suitable for any age — thank you all for the support and heart for Nikkei Place! Continue reading

This April, See Top Rising Conductor Sensation Ken Hsieh!!!

Nikkei Place Foundations presents the Sakura Benefit Event. This is indeed a rare opportunity to experience the performance of Japanese recording star Kohmi Hirose, in an intimate concert setting. She will be accompanied by Conductor sensation Ken Hsieh of the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, along with a 23-piece orchestra. Enjoy this unique performance of J-pop adapatations while dining on a special dinner set prepared by Vancouver’s own Chef Hidekazu Tojo of Tojo’s Restaurant.
For Ticket Inquiry: 
Nikkei Place Foundation
Tel: (604)-777-2122 or e-mail gifts@nikkeiplace.org
チケットのお問い合わせ:日系プレース基金(604)777-2122 または、gifts@nikkeiplace.orgまで。

Introducing: Ken Hsieh. Popular conductor in Vancouver amongst young audiences and leader of the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra. 

Born in Edmonton in 1980, Ken started learning piano at the age of 6 for the Royal Conservatory of Music, and by age 12, learned percussion instruments. He went on to study at the University of British Columbia (UBC), majoring in both piano and percussion, and later studied orchestral conducting for his post-graduate studies in Japan at Toho Gakuen School of Music and Senzoku Gakuen College Music Academy.

For 3 years (2004-2007) Ken served as a Residence Conductor/Assistant Conductor, and is now the music director and principal conductor of the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra (VMO). The orchestra he leads consists of young artists that aspire to become professional musicians in the future. With passion and encouragement, Ken provides these young artists the opportunity to perform in the same setting as a professional orchestra.

In 2005, Mr. Hsieh won the Heinz Unger Award in conducting and in 2006, the Jean-Marie Beaudet Award in Orchestral Conducting. To top things off, he also won the Medal of Merit Award from the Lions Club International for Outstanding Young Leadership.

Ken has collaborated with orchestras in Japan such as New Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra, Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, Gunma Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Century Orchestra (now known as Japan Century Orchestra), Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, and others. He has also been a guest conductor with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, France Lamoureux Orchestra, Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, as well as worked alongside many other orchestras in Asia, Europe, and in North America. This summer, Ken will be performing at Kyushu Symphony Orchestra.

At the Sakura Benefit Event, Ken will be collaborating with the multi-talented singer, songwriter, composer, lyricist, and music producer, Kohmi Hirose aka “Winter Queen”.  The night will also include an amazing dinner provided by Tojo’s Restaurant’s very own Chef Tojo!

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy Ken Hsieh’s performance on this spectacular night in Vancouver at the Sakura Benefit Event!!


Stay tuned, as we will introduce more details about Vancouver’s own Hidekazu Tojo of Tojo’s Restaurant, who will prepare a special dinner set at the event. Don’t miss out!


 

The “Winter Queen” is coming to Vancouver!!!『冬の女王』って?

Nikkei Place Foundations presents the Sakura Benefit Event. This is indeed a rare opportunity to experience the performance of Japanese recording star Kohmi Hirose, in an intimate concert setting. She will be accompanied by Conductor sensation Ken Hsieh of the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, along with a 23-piece orchestra. Enjoy this unique performance of J-pop adapatations while dining on a special dinner set prepared by Vancouver’s own Chef Hidekazu Tojo of Tojo’s Restaurant.
For Ticket Inquiry: 
Nikkei Place Foundation
Tel: (604)-777-2122 or e-mail gifts@nikkeiplace.org
チケットのお問い合わせ:日系プレース基金(604)777-2122 または、gifts@nikkeiplace.orgまで。

Introducing: Kohmi Hirose. Even after 23 years since her debut, her hit song “Winter Queen” still ranks second on the most wanted playlist at ski resorts today, giving her the nickname Winter Queen.

Talented in many ways, Ms. Kohmi Hirose is Japan’s singer, songwriter, lyricist, composer, and producer, and even a radio personality. In 1999, she started her very own voice training school where she became the principal.

At the age of 5 years old, Ms. Hirose started taking English music lessons and started composing her own songs. While studying music at Kunitachi College of Music, she took voice training lessons in LA from Seth Riggs, who trained famous stars such as Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, and Whitney Houston. Even after Ms. Hirose graduated 国立音楽大学作曲学科, she continued to take voice training lessons in LA in pursuit of her dream to become a composer. Today, Ms. Hirose’s life is mainly centered in LA, where she continues to greatly contribute to the music industry.

With her biggest hit and song titled Romansu no Kamisama – “God of Romance” selling over 1.75 million copies, it even became well known to many people as the theme song of a famous sports company commercial called “Alpen theme”. On top of that, her best hit album titled “The Best Love Winters” made a record breaking sale and sold 2.4 million copies.

Recently on a television segment, Ms. Hirose reported that she wakes up every morning at 3 am to practice “projecting her voice” for 3 hours, and that she hasn’t missed a single day for the last 23 years. It is clear that she takes a dedicated, professional and serious stance on her career as a professional singer/songwriter.

And through this, she says,
“My dream is being able to sing the hit song that other artists cannot copy: “Romansu no Kamisama – God of Romance” in that very high and original key with the enthusiasm that I have now until I am 80 years old.”

It was with this song that Ms. Hirose’s name became known to the world, making it a very important and special piece. She remarks, “This song is living proof that I exist, they cannot deny it.”Ms. Hirose lives day by day with this in mind.

Don’t miss your chance to hear and enjoy her amazing singing voice in Vancouver at the Sakura Benefit Event!!


Stay tuned, as we will introduce more details about the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra’s very own Award Winning conductor Ken Hsieh, who will accompany Kohmi Hirose with a 23-piece orchestra. Don’t miss out!