Some changes in the Academy
Academia Yuriklo Kuronuma A.C. in gratitude for our 30 year history, now offers to all lovers of classical music to expand its teaching with new instrument lessons: double bass, piano and guitar. The Academy also creates the opportunity to experience the wonderful world of a Musical Choir.
We are therefore expanding its curriculum to other instruments such as the Bass, the Piano and the Guitar. We are also offering the opportunity of presenting the wonderful world of choral music.
All this becomes possible because we have the infrastructure and resources to offer this education, with the objective of continuing to help build up the level of musical education possible in Mexico. We intend to instill music appreciation and ethical values in the pupils, awakening their sensibility and convey to them a message of vitality, energy and enthusiasm, promoting a spirit of solidarity and brotherhood, achieving a sense of discipline, punctuality and perseverance which will contribute to a well-rounded personality, widening their sensorial, intellectual and physical capabilities, since music is the nourishment of the soul, and which will serve to firmly establish the seedlings that will help warrant the continuity of our objectives.
The Academia Yuriko Kuronuma, A. C. was born in 1980, in Coyoacan, a historical neighbourhood located in the southern part of Mexico City, with the priceless support of Messrs. Soichiro Fujii, Rafael Harari and Matsuo Suzuki. At that time, the Academia was the only school in Mexico to teach the violin individually accepting children starting as young as 4 years old. The Academia later expanded its curriculum to include the teaching of the viola and violoncello as well, to become an unique institution in its field. Its main objective is to create a solid technical foundation for its pupils since an early age, in order to develop their talent through discipline and perseverance and always with love and respect for music.
All along these years, and after bringing up several generations of violinists in Mexico, the Academia has a solid prestige not only in Mexico, but in Japan as well.
The institution has had memorable events that have brought the two nations closer:
- In its early years, the Academia received more than 100 small size violins donated by Japanese families for Mexican children.
- Following the earthquake that destroyed parts of Mexico City in 1985, the Academia and its Japanese friends raised funds to help the “miracle babies” that had survived for several days under the rubble of the ruins of hospitals.
- The Academia has conducted several tours “Mexico-Japan Friendship Concerts” in both countries, where children and young people from the two nations join the same performing stage, live together, share experiences and develop friendship that endure the passage of time.
- The founder, Professor Yuriko Kuronuma holds great artistic prestige in Japan, her native country. She has dedicated her life to build a “bridge of friendship between Mexico and Japan over the Pacific Ocean”, through Music, the universal language and nourishment of the soul. This fact has been recognized by the government of both Mexico and Japan, who have decorated her with the Aguila Azteca and the Special Prize, respectively.
The Academia has been a second home to several generations of children and young people, whom united by their love of music, found their professional paths as musicians and teachers passing on the musical knowledge they had acquired, or as professionals in various fields but with the rewards that only the study and knowledge of music can give.
15th.Anniversary Concert (1995).
“The Four Seasons” by Vivaldi with 4 former students as the soloists:
1-Carlos Lot (Spring)
3-Daniel Vega-Albela (Autumn)
4-Adrian Justus (Winter)
Among the alumni that have joined the music world as professionals are: Genoveva Aguirre, Diego Bañuelos, Paulina Derbez, Sergio Díaz, Eduardo Espinosa, Omar Hernández-Hidalgo, Jorge Jimárez, Adrián Justus, Sebastian Kwapisz, Batiste López, Carlos Lot, Saúl Robles, Lucy U’Ren, Daniel Vega-Albela and Rie Watanabe (in alphabetical order) on our records, though there are probably more. Of this list, already six students have become teachers; they have returned to their musical cradle – the Academia Yuriko Kuronuma- and have delivered the same love and dedication that they received in their childhood and youth to new generations.