8 September 2023 (Toronto, ON) — Flutist Cocomi, who has been garnering attention both domestically and internationally since her world debut on the esteemed New York label DECCA GOLD, is set to release her second album, Mélancolie (pronounced as ‘melancholy’), on November 1, 2023.
Mélancolie is a collection of pieces that delve into the works of three French composers Cocomi has been working on in recent years. The album comprises nine pieces, including Debussy’s “Beau soir,” an arranged version of Poulenc’s “Le Disparu ” for flute and piano, and Faure’s “Berceuse” and “Pavane,” among others.
Cocomi captures the essence and nuances of these classic French compositions through her interpretations. Joining Cocomi on piano is the internationally acclaimed pianist Niu Niu, who has worked on her debut album and at her debut recital last year.
Regarding the album, Cocomi says, “I put together pieces that evoke feelings of sadness and nostalgia. The artwork also carries a distinct French essence since all the compositions are by French composers. I hope you find joy in it.”
Cocomi’s second recital is scheduled for Saturday, November 11th. Advanced ticket sales will start on Friday, September 8th, with general public sales starting on Sunday, September 10th.
We’re excited to invite you to experience the captivating world of Cocomi’s colourful musical tones.
Started playing violin when she was three years old and flute at the age of 11.
Cocomi has completed master’s classes with renowned Vladimir Ashkenazy and Emmanuel Pahud.
She has won the Yamano Junior Flute Competition Excellence Award not once but three times. She has also claimed the Grand Prize and the Special Award in this competition. In 2019, Cocomi achieved the highest honor at the Japan Music Competition, the first prize in the wind instrument category, and the French Modern Music Prize.
In January 2021, Cocomi showcased her skills as a featured soloist in the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra’s New Year Concert 2021. During the same year, she also participated in the recording of “Oto Butai” at Nishi Honganji Temple in Kyoto, performed without an audience.
In April 2022, Cocomi’s debut album, de l’amour, was released. Later in December of the same year, she made her debut recital at Kioi Hall in Tokyo, delivering a successful performance.
In February 2023, Cocomi made her world debut as a concert performer, guesting at a concert by a world-famed pianist Lang Lang at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
In March of the same year, Cocomi completed the College Diploma Course at Toho Gakuen School of Music. She is enrolled in the Soloist Diploma Course at Toho Gakuen College of Music.
Cocomi now studies under the flutist Mayu Izumi, and the Principal Flutist of the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Hiroaki Kanda.