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Woodwind www.ram.ac.uk/woodwind Anna Hashimoto


‘These four years at the Academy have really broadened my mind and outlook. Being involved in a whole variety of orchestral projects — including playing basset horn in Mozart’s 13-wind Serenade, doubling bass and E flat clarinet for a Birtwistle project, and being in the pit for Hansel and Gretel — has created great memories and unexpected lessons to learn. The academic side has been exceptional, and always inspiring. Every class has brought clear benefits to my practical performance, such as gaining a better understanding of harmony through reductive analysis, or delving into why I do what I do through essays on aesthetics.


I’ve particularly enjoyed the chamber music here. The great friendships formed will I’m sure continue into the profession. I’ve played in many external venues and festivals as well as at the Academy, and I had the oppotunity to play a concerto with the Concert Orchestra. I’ve felt treated as an individual, and that has allowed me to pursue my external solo engagements at the same time. Recently I won the International Clarinet Competition in Kortrijk, Belgium, and I’m about to go on a tour to Japan with my professor Michael Collins and the Kodaly Quartet. Throughout it all I can really feel the support of having the Academy as my base.’


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