A Cultural Affair
CONOR BROWN How to Relax with Origami (Colorado Premiere)
RAVEL Concerto for Piano in G Major
Taka Kigawa, piano
DEBUSSY La Mer
Music and culture bridge the great divide between the East and West. We welcome Taka Kigawa from Longmont’s Sister City Chino, Japan, along with impressionist music from Ravel and Debussy. The evening also features the Colorado premiere of a creative work by local composer Conor Brown in this program that takes inspiration from Japanese, French and American cultures.
“Taka Kigawa is a pianist who not only has technique to burn but possesses an uncommon intelligence.” ~New York Classical Review
“Phenomenon. There’s no denying that he is something special.” ~The New York Times
“Unbelievably challenging program…Kigawa is an artist of stature.” ~The New Yorker
“Taka Kigawa is a stupendous virtuoso.” ~La Nacíon (Buenos Aires)
Longmont Symphony connects with sister city, explores Japanese influences in music: “A Cultural Affair” introduces pianist Taka Kigawa from Chino, Japan, SharpsandFlatirons.com | article
Free pre-concert talk with Elliot Moore—6:30 PM in the Commons area
LSO Afterglow Party
Please join us directly following the concert at Bin 46 Craft Bar & Restaurant (600 Longs Peak Ave., Suite H) for happy hour food & drink specials. 20% of all food and beverage proceeds from the party will be donated back to the Longmont Symphony.
About Taka Kigawa
The critically acclaimed pianist Taka Kigawa has earned outstanding international recognition as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber music artist, performing extensively in New York City, Boston, Cleveland, Washington, DC, Barcelona, Milan, Paris and Buenos Aires, as well as throughout his native Japan, including the cities of Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagano and Osaka. He has also been a featured artist on television and radio networks in the United States, Europe and Asia.
Taka Kigawa was awarded First Prize from the prestigious 1990 Japan Music Foundation Piano Competition in Tokyo and the Diploma Prize from Spain’s 1998 Concurs Internacional de Música Maria Canals Barcelona. His 2010 New York City recital was chosen by The New York Times as one of the best concerts of the year, while a subsequent 2011 recital was selected as one of the most notable concerts of the 2011-2012 season by Musical America. His 2014 recital in Buenos Aires was named one of the best concerts of the year by Argentina’s leading newspaper, La Nación.
Possessing an extremely large and varied repertoire, ranging from the Baroque to the avant-garde, Taka Kigawa has collaborated closely with Pierre Boulez, Myung-Whun Chung and Jonathan Nott. He premiered the last solo piano work of Yuself Lateef, the jazz legend, in New York City in 2013.
Taka Kigawa grew up in Nagano, Japan, where he began piano studies at the age of three, and won his first competition at the age of seven. He earned 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, Mr. Kigawa 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 City, where he was awarded a Master of Music degree.
Taka Kigawa currently resides in New York City. www.takakigawa.com