Tsunami Violin Project

Instruments crafted from debris of the Tsunami are performed around the world.

A string quartet performed in Vienna last month, as thousands have done so before it, except this time the instruments they were playing were centre of the stage, and offered something a little bit different. Because, this time, the instruments were created out a driftwood debris and wood from the collapsed houses from the tragic tsunami in Japan in 2011.

The ensemble performing included both Japanese and Austrian musicians, who came together to play Mozart and other composers on the bespoke instruments. They performed on violins, violas and a cello created from the wood remnants of the tsunami. They are four of 600 people to perform with the instruments, including Crown Prince Naruhito, renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and renowned violinist Ivry Gitlis.

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