fumino ando tackles 10 questions

good god: sure am glad i don’t live in tokyo… i’d be exhausted.  besides, i’d have to change the blog name to the classical macaque.  domo arigato for your answers fumino! 

what is your connection to the oregon symphony?

I have been in the Oregon Symphony violin section since 2002 and feel like Portland is my 2nd hometown.

why is your instrument so awesome?

It’s like the movie “Red Violin” – a string instrument that’s more than 100 years old can bring life, played by different owners, and in many different countries.

what’s so great about experiencing classical music live?

We create the moment together, and especially in a full house, I feel a strong positive energy from the audience.

do you have a favorite orchestral work this season?

Everything Mozart.  And Yo-Yo Ma playing the Shostakovich cello concerto.

what’s the weirdest thing that happened during a concert last year?

Once there was a guy shouting “Bravo ~ Maestro!!” right after the piece ended, 3 nights in a row.  (Thanks for the enthusiasm, but it would have been nice if he waited 5 more seconds to shout :))

if you weren’t a musician, what profession would you choose?

Some kind of staff member who works in TV, movies, or theater.

if i were to buy you a drink, what would you order?

Fresh mint mojito.

what composer really rocks your world?

Mozart & Shostakovich.

are you stoked by any non-classical music?

Yes: Koto (Japanese traditional music) pieces by modern Japanese composers, like Tadao Sawai.

what sets the oregon symphony apart from other orchestras?

In Tokyo, there are at least 6-7 professional full time orchestras, but here in Portland, the Oregon Symphony is the only one.  We are “Your Oregon Symphony.”

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