6821 Quintet Concert

Co-presented with the Ryuji Ueno Foundation

While flowers blossom, music will bloom. The 6821 Quintet will return to the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage to enrich the observation of the annual cherry blossoms for visitors and local communities to enjoy. 

The 6821 Quintet

  • Eric Silberger (Violin)
  • Ria Honda (Violin)
  • Santiago Vazquez-Loredo (Violin)
  • Benedict Klöckner (Cello)
  • Ryo Yanagitani (Piano)

Cleverly named to reflect the distance in miles between Tokyo and DC, The 6821 Quintet consists of international artists coming together to fulfill the understanding that music brings disparate cultures together. The group was originally conceived as a joint effort between the Ryuji Ueno Foundation and the National Cherry Blossom Festival to bring a more prominent classical music presence to the spring festivities in Washington, DC. The quintet not only assembled every spring to perform music at various venues around DC but was also tasked with premiering a new work commissioned and composed for the opening ceremony of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, four compositions in total (2016-2019). 

The idea of commissioning contemporary composers to create a new work for the National Cherry Blossom Festival was an especially creative idea conceived by Founder and Executive Producer Dr. Ryuji Ueno. Just as the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the blossoms as a symbol of peace and harmony between Japan and the United States, Dr. Ueno envisioned a synthesis and harmony of Western classical music with Japanese aesthetics in the new compositions. The criteria for the new works consisted of simply 1) composing a piece of music for a traditional piano quintet setting and 2) the famous folk song “Sakura, Sakura” must be incorporated into the musical narrative. Everything else was left to the creative inspiration of each composer. The outcome of this project has been extraordinary, as you will hear in the recordings. We hope you enjoy this triumph of cultural connection and collaboration through the art of music.


What began with a gift in 1912 at the Tidal Basin is now a four-week extravaganza spanning Washington, DC, and neighboring communities in Maryland and Virginia. From exciting events to convenient hotels, delectable Cherry Picks restaurants to vibrant Art in Bloom installations, and a jaw-dropping City in Bloom to joyful Petal Porches, see the Washington, DC area as you can only see it once a year!