Noeru Iwamoto (12), composer from Japan
A young Japanese composer is to be featured at this year’s Elena Cobb Star Prize Festival at the Royal Albert Hall in April.
12-year-old Noeru Iwamoto has already won several prizes in the Piano Teachers Association of Japan competitions and for the past five years her works have been performed at Yamaha’s Junior Original Concerts where young people from around the world are given the opportunity to present their own compositions in a professional setting.
“New music is at heart of our Star Prize Festival and we are delighted to welcome Noeru” said Elena Cobb. “I was taken by the originality and maturity of her music at the Feurich Vienna 2018 composition competition where I was adjudicating. I decided to invite her to London, where she will premiere the first movement of her work for violin and piano, The Nevsky Prospect in the Late Autumn, especially written for this occasion.”
The violinist will be Alex Laing, a passionate music educator who coaches and conducts the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain and teaches at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music.
Noeru started her musical education when she was five and is currently at the Yamaha Music School in Ishikawa where she studies composition with Masashi Hirai and piano with Tomoko Izumiya.
Other interests of Noeru include playing horn with the IJS Ishikawa junior Suisougaku Brass Band.