Connecting to Hiroshima by Music: August 6 Concert with Musical Instruments that Survived the Bombing

Jul 15, 2021

August 6, 2021 marks 76 years since the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. On this night, a special event will be broadcast online from the Hiroshima Peace Park Rest House, including a concert and talks featuring two musical instruments that survived the bombing: Akiko’s Piano and Palchikoff’s Violin. While wishing for a world without nuclear weapons, please join us in listening to the beautiful performance by two musicians with a connection to Hiroshima.
* A video of the event can be seen below.

Mihara Yuki is a pianist born in Osaka. She graduated at the top of her class from the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music. After that, she went on to graduate with honors and unanimous praise from the Italian College of Music, Conservatorio Guido Cantelli. Ms. Mihara has also received several awards for her performances including:
First Prize, Andrea Baldi International Piano Competition (2018)
First Prize, Città di Villafranca International Piano Competition (2019)
Second Prize, Sergio Fiorentino International Piano Competition (2020)
Second Prize, Oleggio International Piano Competition (2021)
In addition to performing throughout Italy as a soloist and as a member of a chamber orchestra, Ms. Mihara has also participated in numerous music festivals and performed as a concerto soloist. Her grandmother Mihara Shimoko studied violin with Mr. Sergei Palchikoff at Hiroshima Jogakuin University.

Saka Sunao is a violinist born in Hiroshima. She began playing the violin when she was three years old. She is the holder of the 20th and 22nd annual Kobe International Music Competition’s grand prize, the Hyogo Prefectural Board of Education Award, and the 18th annual Kansai String Competition’s Award of Excellence and Jury Prize. Ms. Saka has received the Phoenix Award from the Mayor of Hiroshima, as well as receiving the Maple Award twice from the Hiroshima Prefectural Board of Education. In 2014 and 2019, Ms. Saka performed regularly with the orchestra at the Kojima Musica Koregia Concert. She is currently a senior at Notre Dame Seishin High School.

Event Outline

Date: August 6, 8:15-9:15pm (local Hiroshima time, GMT+9)
Place: This event will be broadcasted on YouTube via this link:
Speakers: Futakuchi Tomie, Hirotani Akito (Hope Project)
                 Kawasaki Akira (Peace Boat / ICAN)
Performers: Mihara Yuki (Piano)
                   Saka Sunao (Violin)
Entry Fee: Free (no application required)
Note: An essay competition for children 9-18 years old will be held following the event, with selected entries being rewarded with a trip to Hiroshima (from locations in Japan only). Please see this link for further details (Japanese language). Submissions can also be accepted in English language - please enquire for details.

Article translated by Peace Boat US Intern, Elijah Cook. See here for Japanese.