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Take a bow: Mexican violinist Adrian Justus will perform solo shows in Japan next week.

Justus is served via the violin

Staff writer

One of Mexico's leading violinists, Adrian Justus, will be back in Japan next week for his second recital here.

Justus began playing the violin at an early age and took lessons from Mexico-based Japanese violinist Yuriko Kuronuma at her private music school, Academia Yuriko Kuronuma A.C., in Mexico City. This paved the way for him to visit Japan as part of the school's first Japan tour in 1985. He was just 14 at the time, but the experience inspired him to become a professional violinist.

He then studied music with Zvi Zeitlin and Pinchas Zukerman and won numerous competitions, including a prize at the 2002 Artists International Awards.

Justus joined the Mexico Music Festival 2010 in Tokyo as a soloist, collaborating with former teacher Kuronuma and other artists.

In January 2011, Justus performed his first solo recital in Tokyo. He delighted the audience by effectively conveying the joy he derives from music-making through the set of cheerful sounds he made with his violin and his expressive performance.

The upcoming recitals feature French composer Claude Debussy's Violin Sonata, accompanied by Mexican pianist Rafael Guerra, and all 24 Caprices for the solo violin by Italian violinist and composer Niccolo Paganini.

Adrian Justus performs at Munetsugu Hall in Nagoya on Jan. 17 (6:45 p.m.; ¥4,000); and at Kioi Hall in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, on Jan. 19 (7 p.m.; ¥5,000). For more information, call (03) 6914-0353 or visit www.artmajeur.com/adrianjustus.

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