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Top violinist Ayako Ishikawa to release major label debut album with anime covers

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By Jamie Koide, RocketNews24

Although a number of Japanese music labels have been hesitant to embrace YouTube, over the last few years uploads from independent Japanese artists and personalities have reached higher numbers than ever before.

For some, like BABYMETAL, Ladybaby, and these adorably cute kids, the popular video sharing site is the ticket to instant Internet fame. For others, like top violinist Ayako Ishikawa, the road is a little longer, but nonetheless rewarding, with the recent announcement of her major label album debut featuring reworked anime covers.

Ishikawa is an acclaimed violinist who, since the age of four, has traveled all across the globe to further her classical training. She’s won multiple international awards and after retiring from the Eminence Symphony Orchestra began posting renditions of classic anime, video game, Vocaloid, and Japanese pop hits on her YouTube channel, ayakoishikawatv.

Her videos have seen a surge in views over the past four years. Finally getting the break she deserves, it was recently announced that Ishikawa will release a new album, titled "ANIME CLASSICS," under major label Avex this December.

So far the full track list has yet to be revealed, but will feature her cover of fripSide’s “only my railgun” from the anime "A Certain Magical Index," which she performs in her latest upload below.

Those interested can pre-order the album, which is due out Dec 9, off Amazon.co.jp and receive an 831 yen discount off of the regular price.

To commemorate her major CD debut, Ishikawa will hold a concert at Ebisu Garden Hall in Tokyo on Dec 27.

Sources: YouTube/ayakoishikawatv, YouTube/avex

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EXCELLENT!

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Respect to musicians who can play an instrument like that.

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titled “ANIME CLASSICS,”

Is that an oxymoron?

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She’s won multiple international awards and after retiring from the Eminence Symphony Orchestra began posting renditions of classic anime, video game, Vocaloid, and Japanese pop hits on her YouTube channel

Sounds like a 'top violinist'. Retired at such a tender age. And from a 'symphony' orchestra that specializes in otaku music. Everyone knows Beethoven is a breeze to play compared to the complexity of anime classics.

Thanks for the promo.

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anime and Japanese video games are famous for having a high standard of music and even the H games maintain the high standards of musical quality....when compared to what passes for good music in Europe or the U.S.A. any anime or video game music from Japan could be considered Classic.

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