South Carolina Philharmonic


February 25, 2016

Get a jump on spring with violinist Shoji

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Violinist Sayaka Shoji helps the South Carolina Philharmonic welcome spring Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. during Sayaka in the Spring at the Koger Center for the Arts.

Paris-based Shoji is a fixture on concert programs across Europe and her native Japan. She is the youngest, and first Japanese, winner of the prestigious Paganini Competition; plays a 1729 Recamier Stradivarius; and performed alongside such notable artists as Joshua Bell and Lang Lang. This season, she also performs in Paris, London, Tokyo, Seoul, Geneva, Iceland, and stateside in Washington, D.C. and Spokane, Wash.

In her S.C. Phil debut, Shoji performs the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in the first of two spring-themed programs presented by Music Director Morihiko Nakahara. Sayaka in the Spring primarily explores the lighter side of spring with the U.S. premiere of Japanese composer Akira Nishimura’s Sakurabito, a poem that represents the joys of spring and new life symbolized by the cherry blossoms.

Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, which oscillates between dark and light moods, completes the program and transitions patrons to The Rite of Spring, the second spring-themed concert that follows in April with a decidedly darker mood.

Nakahara is joined by Shoji for a special, post-concert “talk-back session” in the Koger Center auditorium, free to all ticket-holders, offering unique insight into the evening’s program.

Tickets are $47, $39, $29, $21 and $17. They are available online 24-hours a day at, or from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday by phone at 803.251.2222 or at the Koger Center Box Office at Park and Greene streets. Student and military discounts are available. Self-parking is $5 and Southern Valet provides valet parking for $10.
Every season, since 2011, the S.C. Phil selects a group of charity partners from the Midlands to help raise awareness for their causes. Each charity is featured at one Masterworks concert during the season. The partner for this concert is Sistercare.


Sistercare’s mission is to provide services and to advocate for domestic violence survivors and their children, and to promote prevention of domestic violence through community awareness and training. Sistercare is the only organization that specifically offers shelter and support services for survivors and their children in Richland, Lexington, Kershaw, Newberry, and Fairfield counties. Learn more at
2015/2016 guest artist photos and bios are available here.

Pronunciation guide

Sayaka Shoji: sa-YA-ka SHOW-gee
Nishimura: nih-SHE-myur-ah
Sakurabito: sa-cure-ah-BEE-toe

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