Critically acclaimed pianist TAKA KIGAWA has earned outstanding
international recognition as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber music
artist since winning First Prize in the prestigious 1990 Japan Music
Foundation Piano Competition in Tokyo, and the Diploma Prize at the 1998
Concurs Internacional Maria Canals De Barcelona in Spain, with such
accolades from The New York Times as ³Mr. Kigawa¹s feat deserves the
highest praise, especially since it was combined with such alacrity and
sensitivity to the musical material ... brilliantly done Š a careful and
serious-minded musician, quietly poetic and considerate² and from The New
Yorker ³Unbelievably challenging program. Kigawa is a young artist of
stature.² Also Kigawa's New York City recital in August 2010 was chosen as
one of the best concerts in the year of 2010 by The New York Times.
He has performed extensively as a recitalist and soloist in New York,
Washington DC, Boston, Cleveland, Paris, Milan and Barcelona, with
appearances in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall,
Kosciuszko Foundation, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Salle Gaveau in Paris,
and Plau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona. He frequently tours in his
native Japan, appearing in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagano and Kyoto, both as a
recitalist and a soloist with orchestra and in chamber music groups. He
has been a featured artist on many television and radio networks
throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.
His repertoire is extremely large and varied, ranging from the baroque to
avant-garde compositions of today. He has collaborated closely with such
renowned musicians as Pierre Boulez, Myung-Whun Chung and Jonathan Nott.
Mr. Kigawa grew up in Nagano, Japan, where he began piano studies at the
age of three, winning his first competition at the age of seven. He
received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Shinsyu University, and his
Master of Arts degree from Tokyo Gakugei (Liberal Arts) University,
graduating with honors in Piano Performance. During both his undergraduate
and graduate years, he also studied composition and conducting, receiving
high honors in both disciplines. He furthered his studies in the United
States at The Juilliard School in New York, where he studied with Josef
Raieff, was recipient of the distinguished Alexander Siloti Award, and
earned his Master of Music degree. Mr. Kigawa currently lives in New York.
Born in Hokkaido, Japan in 1981, Yoshiaki Onishi is active both as a composer and a conductor, who is currently a Teaching Fellow at Columbia University. His principal teachers at Columbia have been Fabien Lévy, Fred Lerdahl, and Tristan Murail. He received the Artist Diploma (2008) and the Master of Music degrees (2007) in music composition from Yale School of Music. Before Yale, he studied music composition, clarinet and conducting at University of the Pacific, Conservatory of Music (Stockton, California), where he graduated in 2004 with the highest honor.
Written by a New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini in 2010 as: “[…] a composer who can draw such varied, eerily alluring sounds,” Onishi’s music has been performed worldwide by such ensembles as JACK Quartet (US), Next Mushroom Promotion (Japan), Nieuw Ensemble (The Netherlands). Onishi is a recipient of several honors. He was awarded the Gaudeamus Prize 2011, one of the most prestigious awards given to young composers.
Other recent honors include an artistic residency fellowship from Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbertide, Italy, as well as a commission from Ensemble Intercontemporain as a result of Projet Tremplin.
As a conductor, Onishi is in great demand. The ensembles and orchestras he has conducted are Talea Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble, Yale Philharmonia, Iktus Percussion, Mantra Percussion, Loadbang, and PMF Academy Ensemble, to name a few. He has collaborated with composers such as Zosha Di Castri, Curtis K. Hughes, Alec Hall, Bryan Jacobs, Wang Lu, Kate Soper and Matthew Ricketts. His interests in promoting contemporary music were featured in the Pacific Music Festival’s 20th year anniversary book.
Pianist Andrea Lodge has been called a “Must See” (The Telegram, St. John’s, NL). A proud native of outport Newfoundland, Canada, Andrea specializes in the performance of contemporary music. She was awarded top prizes at the 2010 Eckhardt-Gramatté National Competition for the Performance of Contemporary Music. Andrea represented the province of Newfoundland at the 2004 Canadian National Music Competition in Charlottetown, P.E.I. and was a finalist in the 2004 Petro-Canada Young Artists Competition. Her playing has been heard nationally on CBC radio on numerous occasions. Andrea has premiered new works by composers Clark Ross, David Cutler, Marga Richter and C.Curtis Smith, among others. Andrea is currently completing a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University with professors Gilbert Kalish and Christina Dahl. She holds a Master of Music degree from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Music (honours) from Memorial University. In the Winter 2010 semester, Andrea held the position of Visiting Assistant Professor at Memorial where she taught piano and chamber music. Andrea performs regularly with guitar piano duo, Sorce-Lodge Duo, the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, and with piano percussion duo, Duo Schfifty Five. Andreaholds the position of Staff Pianist at SUNY Suffolk. In her spare time, Andrea plays Newfoundland folk music on her accordion!
Jay Sorce is a classical guitarist noted for his "unique blend of refinement, intensity, and virtuosic technique". An accomplished soloist and ensemble musician specializing in contemporary music, Jay has been featured in concerts and festivals in the US, Canada, and Europe. Jay is currently persuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University, with Jerry Willard. He earned his MM from the University of Arizona, in Tucson, where he studied with Tom Patterson, and BM from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Oren Fader and David Starobin. Jay teaches both privately and through SUNY Suffolk where he teaches the undergraduate guitar students.