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Caplan’s music is authentic and unique, adding elegance and distinction to your public private, diplomatic, corporate, educational, concert, or social events. It can be as prominent or as inconspicuous as your function dictates. Her repertoire ranges from ancient Japanese classics through contemporary music with a Japanese flavour. If you wish to add a particular ambience to your event, her attire can be formal black tie, Western style with a Japanese touch, standard business dress, or Japanese kimono, whatever suits your occasion. And should your guests be interested, Caplan can discuss her music in English, French and Japanese.

Caplan has performed at private and diplomatic functions whose hosts or honoured guests have included Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Takamado of Japan, Ontario Premier David Peterson, Toronto Mayor Art Eggleton, Japanese Ambassador to Canada Kiyoaki Kikuchi, and Yukiko Sugihara (wife of Chiune Sugihara, Japanese Consul-General to Lithuania). She has performed and collaborated with many people over the years including Japanese superstar and founder of KomeKome Club Tatsuya Ishii, percussionist Ryan Scott, Toronto Symphony Assistant Concertmaster Etsuko Kimura, shakuhachi masters Ishigaki Seizan II, John Kaizan Neptune, and Tachibana Shigeo, folk singer Jef White, composer Bob Derkach, and dancer Sashar Zarif, among others. Caplan has performed over the years in Canada, the US and Japan. She has been featured at functions in such venues as the National Theatre of Japan, Okinawa Convention Centre, Sinfonia Iwakuni Concert Hall, Mielparque Osaka Hall, Fukuoka Mielparque, Japan Society of Northern California, Hakone Gardens of California, National Press Club, Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Museums of Burlington, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Varley Art Gallery, Rotary Club, City of Collingwood, Temple Sinai, Princess of Wales Theatre, University of Guelph, and University of Toronto, among others.

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Performance highlights

Performance highlights


Solo concert, Maynard Nursing Home, presented by Concerts In Care Ontario (Toronto)

Solo concert, Fairview Nursing Home, presented by Concerts In Care Ontario (Toronto)


• Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto) - featured artist

• Solo concert, Amica on the Avenue, presented by Concerts In Care Ontario (Toronto)

• Jamii - Live at the Kisanii Hub featuring Echoes (Toronto) - featured artist

• Solo concert, Chartwell Grenadier Retirement Residence, presented by Concerts In Care Ontario (Toronto)


• (All events cancelled due to COVID-19)


• (All events cancelled due to COVID-19)


• "World of Music" concert series, Michael Garron Hospital (Toronto) - lunch hour concert


• Chikushikai "Zenkoku Taikai IN Fukuoka" (Fukuoka, Japan)

• Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre 10th annual Sakura Gala, Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto) - guest artist

• Benihana Restaurant, Royal York Hotel (Toronto) - solo performance at private corporate event


• Mionokai 18th "Utazanmai" concert, National Theatre of Japan (Tokyo) - guest artist

​• 30th annual Japan Studies Association of Canada conference, Munk School of Global Affairs (Toronto)    - featured artist 

"Poems She Marked - A Staged Reading" composed by Kathryn Henzler (Toronto) - koto, shamisen and voice performance  


• City of Burlington Sakura Festival, Art Gallery of Burlington (Burlington) - guest artist

• Emergents IV: Kiri Koto Ensemble + Boomwhackers, curated by Ben Dietschi, The Music Gallery  (Toronto)


• 3rd Annual "Matsuri" Japanese Festival, Yonge Dundas Square (Toronto) - closing act 

• 7th Annual Sakura Gala, in performance with Tatuya Ishii (Toronto) 

• City of Burlington Sakura Festival (Burlington) - guest artist


• Mandarin Restaurants, 35th Anniversary "Trip To Japan" gala (Brampton) 

• Nakagawa Garei koto recital (Saitama, Japan) - guest artist 

• 33rd World Tsugaru Shamisen Competition (Hirosaki, Japan) 

• Ryan Scott percussion recital. University of Toronto Faculty of Music (Toronto) - guest artist


• Chikushikai "Zenkoku Taikai IN Yamaguchi" (Iwakuni, Japan)

• "Spotlight Japan", Canadian Stage, Berkeley Theatre (Toronto)


• National Day/Emperor's Birthday Celebration (Toronto)

• Cadillac Fairview/Shops at Don Mills (Toronto)

• "Tōhoku Region: Rebuilding for a Better Tomorrow" - Photo exhibition (Markham)


• Chikushikai "Zenkoku Taikai IN Osaka" (Osaka, Japan)

• Bridgepoint Health "Fandango O-Hanami" fundraising event (Toronto)

• Hincks-Dellcrest Foundation "Raise A Child's Smile - Night Magic" fundraising event (Toronto)

• McKinsey & Company corporate fundraising event for Japan earthquake/tsunami (Toronto)

• Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto 50th Anniversary Koto Concert and Reunion at Lakeside Theater, Kaiser Center - guest artist (Oakland, CA)


• Takeda Canada first anniversary corporate open house (Mississauga)

• "Windows on the East", 13th annual Canadian Event Industry Awards gala (Toronto)


• Chikushikai 60th anniversary concert (Okinawa, Japan)

• Shiseido Canada "Future Solution LX" product launch (Toronto)

• Mandarin Restaurant 30th anniversary "Passport to Japan" event (Brampton)

• Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care, New Year's performance (Scarborough)


• 25th anniversary concert (Toronto) with guest artists 3rd generation Chikushikai Iemoto Chikushi Junko (Japan) and Grandmaster Kazuko Muramoto (California)


• Heliconian Club, concert (Toronto)

• Open Ears Festival of Sound and Music, concert (Kitchener)


• York University, Concert (Toronto)

• Robert Gill Theatre, Toronto Chikushikai concert (Toronto)

• Canadian Federation for the Humanities & Social Sciences Congress 2006, Koto/dance collaboration (Toronto)


• Sterling Hall School, demonstration and performance (Toronto)

• Fukuoka Mielparque, concert (Fukuoka, Japan)

• City of Mississauga, Canada Day (Mississauga)

• TFO (GroupeMédia TFO television), "Fouine en fête: festival japonais" (Toronto)


• Kobayashi Hall Gala, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (Toronto)

• Ontario Japanese Language Speech Contest, University of Toronto (Toronto)



• 20th Anniversary Koto Concert, Timothy Eaton Memorial Church (Toronto) with guest artist Yoko Hiraoka (Colorado)

• Trillium Health Centre Foundation Gala (Mississauga)

•"Haru Matsuri" performance and workshop, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (Toronto)



• "Ukiyo-e: Inside the Floating World", Frederick Horsman Varley Art Gallery (Markham)

• "Haru Matsuri" performance and workshop, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (Toronto)

• Presentation and performance, Consulate General of Japan, Japan Information Centre (Toronto)



• Seminar and performance, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (Toronto)

• Portfolio Arts and Crafts Gallery (Etobicoke) - featured artist

• Toronto Japanese Association of Trade and Industry (Toronto)



• Access Japan 2000, "A Tasting of Sake", sponsored by JETRO and Sake Export Assn. of Japan (Toronto)

• Toronto Japanese Association of Trade and Industry (Toronto)


• Westin Prince Hotel Katsura Restaurant (Toronto)

• Rotary Club President's Ball (Mississauga)



• Documentary, "Friends with her Fabric: Setsuko Obi, Quilter"

• University Settlement Music & Arts School's "Concert of Japanese Music" (Toronto)


• Vision-TV documentary, "Our Hiroshima"

• CBC documentary, "The Art of Compassion"


• City of Vaughan diplomatic reception for delegates from Sanjo, Japan (Vaughan)

• Second Niigata Biennial International Children's Art Exhibition, sponsored by City of Vaughan (Vaughan)

• Toronto Japanese Garden Club's "A Touch of Japan" ikebana and bonsai exhibition, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (Toronto)


• Tribute to Senpo Sugihara, co-sponsored by Canadian Jewish Congress and National Association of Japanese Canadians (Toronto)

• Featured artist, "Musical Legacy - Music of the East" series, Temple Sinai (Toronto)

• "New Canadian Traditions", McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Kleinburg) - featured artist

• “Kariya '93", Art Gallery of Mississauga (Mississauga)



• Guest artist, "Festival of Folklore", McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Kleinburg)

• Concert, co-sponsored by Consulate-General of Japan and Japan Foundation (Toronto)

• Murasaki Ensemble concert (San Francisco, CA) - guest artist


• Toronto Suwa Daiko concert, Ryerson Theatre (Toronto) - guest artist

• Diplomatic reception hosted by Toronto Mayor Art Eggleton, Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto)


• Concert, Chikushikai Koto School (Fukuoka, Japan)


• Concert, Yokatopia '89 Asian-Pacific Exposition (Fukuoka, Japan)



• Diplomatic reception hosted by Ontario Premier David Peterson for Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Takamado of Japan (Toronto)


• Akao Michiko concert, presented by Consulate-General of Japan (Toronto) - opening act

• Skate Canada preview, presented by Government of Japan (Ottawa) - guest artist




• Media review of "Kyoku - performed by Mieko Miyazaki and Suizan Legrost", Journal for the Society of Asian Music


• GEP Productions, “Warehouse 13”, Season 4, episode 5. Cultural consultant and shamisen teacher (Toronto)



• TFO (GroupeMédia TFO TV), “Fouine en fête” series, “Festival japonais” episode.



• Omni-2 TV (Toronto) - Interview on “Wai Wai Wide” Japanese cultural program

• CIUT-FM 89.5 (Toronto) - “The World is Sound”, interview with Steve Starchev

• CJBC AM 860, “Le quotidien”, interview in French with Serge Olivier



• City TV, “Breakfast Television”, koto performance



• CBC AM 740, “Later the Same Day”, performance and interview with Kathryn O'Hara

• CIUT FM 89.5, “About Town”, interview with Ted Fox



• City TV, “Hello Japan”, koto performance

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