"Art to me is to make people heal.
When I was younger I became ill—a few times I was in the hospital. I lost two friends from my experience of being hospitalized—one was a sixteen year old girl, another was a thirty year old woman who had a four year old girl. I knew that they had a serious illness and they were going to die. I was looking for words to say, something to comfort them. I had no idea what to do and I was going crazy. I was thinking, 'Is there anything I can do because I am not a doctor, I can't take their pain away...' The last word I heard from my friends was, 'I really wanted to come to your concert.' That actually hit me: 'Aah! Okay, to make people happy, or comfort people, or to take the pain away, it doesn't have to be a word, or it doesn't have to be a doctor, it doesn't have be medicine.' If I probably played one song with my violin to them, they would have been so happy, but I never thought about it. Since then, I said, 'I am going to be a musician, I would love to play for people to come to the concert, even for five minutes, so that they could be freed from pain, or they can be happy, or they can forget about what they're going through.'"
— Etsuko Kimura, Assistant Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.