Residents and visitors of Troncones Beach, Mexico, were recently treated to a private viola concert performed by Chihiro Fukuda from the New York Met Orchestra. The concert was for the benefit of the local elementary school.
Troncones is a small beach community located about twenty-five minutes north of Zihuatanejo, Guerrero. The town has an enclave of foreign-owned (American and Canadian) boutique hotels and Bed & Breakfast properties, and is known for its natural wildlife and surfing.
The Troncones Elementary School needs help. The school needs toilets and sinks, fans, book-shelves, paint, chairs, games, windows, and a garden. So, the residents and visitors are taking action. The benefit concert with Chihiro Fukuda raised over $1,000 USD for this cause.
Born in New York City and raised in Japan, Chihiro Fukuda began playing the violin at the age of six and the viola at seventeen. She started playing in the Met Orchestra in 2008, and is also currently a member of the Mostly Mozart Orchestra in New York City, the Iris Orchestra in Tennessee, and the Saito-Kinen Orchestra of Japan. Previously, she has been a member in the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, and assistant principal violist at the Valencia State Opera Orchestra of Spain. In 2006 and 2008, she received the Music Award from the New York Japanese-American Association and made her first recital appearances at Carnegie Hall’s Weil Recital Hall.
As an avid teacher, Ms. Fukuda teaches violin and viola at Opus 118 Harlem School of Music. She currently teaches at PS30 and PS171 in East Harlem and has several private students in the after-school program at Opus 118. Ms. Fukuda received her bachelor of music degree at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music under Junji Suganuma, and master of music degree at the Juilliard School under Masao Kawasaki. 1
Enjoy some of the concert!
If you would like to help with a donation for the school in Troncones, contact any Bed & Breakfast or Innkeeper in the area.
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