Ukrainian musician performs at concert in appeal for peace

The Yomiuri Shimbun
Kateryna Gudzii sings during a concert at the Tokyo College of Music on Monday.

An Ukrainian musician performed at a concert at the Tokyo College of Music on Monday in an appeal for peace in war-hit Ukraine that also included performances from a pair of lecturers with Russian or Georgian ancestry.

Kateryna Gudzii, 36, who resides in Japan, was accompanied by students of the university in Tokyo’s Meguro Ward as she played the Ukrainian stringed folk instrument called a bandura in a rendition of the Japanese nursery rhyme “Furusato” and other pieces.

Specially appointed professor Guigla Katsarava from Georgia, which was also invaded by Russia in 2008, and lecturer Yoshio Hamano, whose mother is Russian, performed piano suites.

The concert was put together by the university’s students.