Moné Hattori receives the Okura Award

August 11, 2020

Japanese sensation Moné Hattori was this week the recipient of the prestigious Okura Award for exceptional musicians of Japan.  Music critic Motoyuki Teranishi, presenting the award, said of Moné:  “I heard Moné Hattori for the first time a few years ago, when she was still in her mid-teens, but I was amazed at the performance that conveyed a strong attitude to approach the core of music.  I have listened to her performances many times since then, but the impression remains the same.  It’s not something that young people tend to be able to achieve – exceptional persuasive power.  She really is something.  She possesses a perfect technique, but never shows off – always focusing instead on musical expression.”