Jasmin Arakawa: Klavierabend | MSR Classics MS1619

Jasmin Arakawa: Klavierabend


Label: MSR Classics

Cat No: MS1619

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 3rd January 2017



Klavierabend is a pianistic journey into three innovative minds, reflecting distinctive approaches to inner boundaries and their musical realizations. Three composers - Haydn, Schumann and Scriabin – who would, at first glance, appear quite separatedby time and musical approach, display in these works a remarkable common thread: Each composer is heard exploring the compositional and pianistic boundaries of his time, as well as his own psychological boundaries. In each work, the abundance of marked idioms and characteristics is a manifestation of the disparate mindsets of the three composers, which nonetheless are united by a revolutionary spirit.

A charismatic and versatile pianist, Jasmin Arakawa has performed widely in North America, Central and South America, Europe, China and Japan. Recognized as having a strong lyrical sense as well as impeccable technique, Arakawa has been heard in prestigious venues worldwide, including Carnegie Hall, Salle Gaveau in Paris and Victoria Hall in Geneva. She has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Philips Symfonie Orkest in Amsterdam, Orquestra Sinfonica de Piracicaba in Brazil, and several orchestras in her native Japan. Other performance highlights include guest artist appearances at the Toronto Summer Festival, Ribadeo International Music Festival in Spain, Bicentenaire de Chopin in Switzerland, Scotiabank Northern Lights Music Festival in Mexico, Festival de Música de Cámara in Peru, Festival Internacional de Música Erudita de Piracicaba in Brazil, Fazioli Piano Pure Series in Chicago and Distinguished Concerts International New York. An avid chamber musician, Arakawa has collaborated with notable artists, including cellists Colin Carr and Gary Hoffman, flutists Jean Ferrandis and Marina Piccinini, clarinetist James Campbell and the Penderecki String Quartet. She is also a founding member of Trio Micheletti, with violinist Véronique Mathieu and cellist André Micheletti. Additionally, Arakawa served as Collaborative Pianist in Residence at the Banff Centre in 2011. Arakawa has a special interest in Spanish repertoire, which grew out of a series of lessons with Alicia de Larrocha in 2004. As a prize-winner of the Competition in the Performance of Music from Spain and Latin American and under the sponsorship of the Spanish Embassy, she subsequently recorded solo and chamber pieces by Spanish and Latin American composers. Jasmin Arakawa is a graduate of Tokyo University of the Arts, where she studied with Shigeru Maruyama and Katsumi Ueda. She holds Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she studied with Emile Naoumoff, who was the last protégé of Nadia Boulanger. A devoted teacher, Arakawa is Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of South Alabama.

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