While most Japanese conductors care about vertical alignment of music with “downbeat,” emphasizing downward motion of baton, Hasegawa kept melodies singing vividly with the effective “upward” rebound to the rhythm. The way she gives instruction with the left hand is full of musicality and nuances, allowing such instruments as second violin, hardly audible otherwise, to substantially stand out. She didn’t rush to get to the big climaxes, consistently unleashing energy and there was no shortfall in the power of explosion. In Waltz from the “Sleeping Beauty” by Tchaikovsky played as an encore, sometimes she conducted the triple measure in two motions to produce changes – the approach that Carlos Kleiber often employed, giving us a glimpse into immeasurable potential of the rising conductor. I felt her Tchaikovsky was more like a dream of the composer’s longing for the Southern Europe than a pure Russian interpretation. An impressive debut of the conductor far beyond my expectation.
(By Takuo Ikeda, music journalist (Translated by Akiko Ichikura)
Toyo University Orchestra conducted by Yuki Hasegawa Saitama Sun-Azalea Hall – 23rd December 2013
Full Program Borodin: “In the Steppes of Central Asia” Grieg: Excerpts from “Peer Gynt” Suite No.1, Op.46 and Suite No.2 Op.55 Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64 Encore Tchaikovsky: Waltz from the “Sleeping Beauty”
-While Yuki conducts, I become motivated to perform as she draws. I don’t know why, but.
-Yuki understand deeply this music. (2e movement of Beethoven’s 4th Symphony).I am pleased to interpret it with her!
(Member of the Orchestre de Cannes)
Unlike typical regular concerts, it was suddenly fully colored.
(Video recording engineer in Japan)
She is friendly (with State Youth Orchestra of Armenia). She is true musician, and also she knows musicians’ psychology and knows how to talk with them.
(Isaac Karabtchevsky, conductor)
Ms. Yuki Hasegawa participated in my Conducting Course and Competition with the Duna (Donau) Symphony Orchestra in Budapest in August 2013 with a remarkable success and achieved the 1st prize. Ms. Hasegawa’s outstanding interpretation won the Orchestra’s sympathetic attention from the very beginning. Her musical intelligence, comprehension, and realization of the scores proved her extraordinary talent. I recommend, with my warmest belief, this highly gifted and cultivated artist to be supported and trusted in her strong responsibility in performances.
（Prof. Michael Dittrich, Wiener Symphoniker a. D.)
“She speaks from the same height.”
“She gives us courage.”
“Her rehearsals are delightful.”
(Member of West Tokyo Philharmony Orchestra)
— 長縄洋司 (@nagyjiro) 2013, 12月 23
“Toyo University Orchestra’s regular concert. The works were “In the Steppes of Central Asia”, Peer Gynt and Tchaikovsky 5. I have completed the questionnaire “No particular reason, my heart skipped a beat.” “
“They have strong individual way of expression. They have a way of musical interpretation, which goes by far beyond a simple playing. It is the artistic “Aura”, which makes this playing worth listening for a greater public.”
For Duo Cordiale with flutist Mika Takeuji, from Prof.Arnulf von Arnim (pianiste)
I feel that we share the same desire of musicality and sensitivity. With Yuki, I feel free to find beautiful sound colors, and to play smoothly. It’s a chance to perform together! (Jean-Pierre Lacour, ex-member of the Orchestre de Paris. After the 1st rehearsal in 2009.)