Hello, my name is Emanuil Ivanov, I’m a Bulgarian pianist and I’m very happy and privileged to be coming to Japan to give a solo recital in Tokyo’s Gotanda Cultural Center on the 13th of July.

Back in October last year, I played a few concerts in Japan, including Frederic Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated, as a statement against the war in Ukraine and as a prayer for peace.

And this year, I’ve included in my program a composition by Sir Stephen Hough, his third piano sonata, subtitled Trinitas. Now, in the Christian faith, the trinity is a symbol of hope, of love, of unity.

And that’s why I would like to dedicate my performance of it as a symbol of our continuous moral support for Ukrainians and also as a symbol of our unity against Russian aggression.

I would also like to point out that I’m in Japan and I’m visiting Japan thanks to MCS Young Artists and this spring they have donated nearly one million yen to Ukrainian aid and our support will continue. Thank you.