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Concert: Chopin and Liszt, Katsura Tanikawa (Piano), Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert, Chicago Cultural Center, April 6

Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 12:15 pm

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert

Katsura Tanikawa, Piano

Toccata in E minor, BWV 914 (8’)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)

“My Joys” from 6 Chants Polonais (4’)
Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)
Arr. Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886)

Transcendental Etude No. 9 in A-flat Major, “Ricordanza” (11’)
Franz Liszt

Estampes (15’)
I.   Pagodes
II.  Soirée dans Grenade
III. Jardins sous la Pluie
Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918)

Hailed by many critics as a vibrant and thoughtful musician, pianist Katsura Tanikawa has been the recipient of more than 20 first prizes in national and international competitions. Ms. Tanikawa has been featured with numerous orchestras in the US and abroad, including featured performances with the Frankfurt State Symphony in Germany, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra in Moscow, Russia, the Philharmonia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and the Sound Symphony Orchestra in New York, among many others.

Ms. Tanikawa has presented numerous solo piano recitals, including performances at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. D.C., Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall in New York, the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Caramoor Performer’s Showcase Series in New York, Villa Bertramka in Prague, Czech Republic, and major concert halls in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka, Japan.

Ms. Tanikawa is also an avid chamber musician, and her collaborations with other musicians have taken her to many cities in the US, Europe and Asia. Ms. Tanikawa has collaborated in chamber music performances with the members of the Vienna Philharmonic Wind Ensemble in 2006, as well as with the members of the Czech Philharmonic during the 2007 Dvorak Festival in Japan. Critics praised her performance with the ensemble “… Tanikawa’s playing was filled with exuberance, and she sang her music with deep emotion and beauty.” She has also collaborated in chamber music performances with violinist Itzhak Perlman for the Perlman Summer Music benefit concert in New York City.

In 2008, Ms. Tanikawa recorded a solo piano album of all Liszt’s music titled Katsura Tanikawa plays Franz Liszt. Previously in 2005, Ms Tanikawa released a CD under the label Art Union titled Beethoven Complete Works for Cello and Piano with renowned Viennese cellist and former cellist of the Vienna Philharmonic, Adalbert Skocic. The Beethoven Sonata album was designated as  “Most Recommended Chamber Music CD” by Record Geijitsu Music publication in Japan.

Ms. Tanikawa received her Bachelor of Music in Piano at The Juilliard School in New York City under the instruction of Yoheved Kaplinsky. She pursued her academic interests at Columbia University, culminating in a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History. Ms. Tanikawa received her Master of Music degree at Yale School of Music studying under Boris Berman.

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Concert: Bartók, Inesa Sinkevych (Piano), Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert, Chicago Cultural Center, April 27

Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 12:15 pm

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert

Inesa Sinkevych, Piano

Sonata in A-flat major, Hob. XVI/46 (12’)
I.   Allegro moderato
II.  Adagio
III. Finale: Presto
Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809)

Kinderszenen, Op. 15 (13’)
Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856)

Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, Op. 20 (12’)
Béla Bartók (1881 – 1945)

Ukrainian-born Inesa Sinkevych has established herself as one of the leading pianists of her generation. Critics have praised her “very personal sound and rich cantabile” (Ritmo, Spain) and her “intense, structurally sophisticated and thrilling playing” (General-Anzeiger, Germany). She has performed in many countries as recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral soloist, in venues such as the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv, the Purcell  Room at the Royal Festival Hall in London, the Minnesota Symphony Hall, the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, the Hong Kong City Hall and the Great Hall of the Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon.

She has performed as soloist with the Israel Philharmonic, the Minnesota Symphony,  the Gulbenkian Orchestra of Lisbon, the Gran Canaria Philharmonic of Spain, the Porto Symphony of Portugal, and the Tenerife Symphony of the Canary Islands, among others. She has also been featured in numerous international summer festivals in France, mainland Spain and the Canary Islands.

Ms. Sinkevych was a prize winner at the 12th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Israel, the Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona (First Prize), the Vianna da Motta and the Porto international competitions in Portugal, the Cidade del Ferrol, Spanish Composers Competition and the Premio Jaén (First Prize) in Spain, the Casagrande International Competition in Italy, the Panama International Competition and the YAMAHA Piano-e-Competition in Minnesota, U.S.A.

Ms. Sinkevych began her piano studies at the Kharkov Conservatory in her native country with Victor Makarov, later studying with  Alexander Volkov at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv.  In Israel she was awarded a scholarship by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation which enabled her to continue her studies with Solomon Mikowsky in the United States, first at the Chicago College of Performing Arts (MM degree), and later at the Manhattan School of Music, where she is currently completing her DMA degree.

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Hungarian Language Instructor Position, Russian and East European Summer Language Institute (Univ. of Pittsburgh)

The Russian and East European Summer Language Institute at the University of Pittsburgh (http://sli.slavic.pitt.edu/) is hiring an instructor of Beginning Intensive Hungarian.  The dates of the program are June 7-July 16, 2010. Salary and housing allowance provided. Language teaching experience required. Applicant must be a US citizen or permanent resident, since there is too little time for visa processing. Please write or call Christine Metil, metil@pitt.edu or 412-624-5906.

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