Mutsuo Shishido - Complete Works for Piano
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Label: MSR Classics
Cat No: MS1639
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 1st December 2017
Piano Sonata no.1
Piano Sonata no.2
Suite de danses pour piano
Suite pour le clavier
Toccata: With Flute and Drums
Yuzakura Dojo no Eri no Usu Aoku
ArtistsAkina Yura (piano)
Having written more for the piano than for any other instrument as a solo instrument, the piano works play a prominent role in Shishido’s compositional oeuvre. They feature a wide range of technical challenges, as the purpose of his music was not always solely for artistic expression: Shishido regarded both of his professional roles as a composer and as an educator with equal importance. He taught at numerous institutions including Tōhō College of Music, Tōhō Junior College of Music, Tokyo Gakugei University, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts, and Senzoku Gakuen College of Music. In addition, Shishido mentored younger aspiring composition students to develop their composition fundamentals and prepare them for conservatory study. Hence, a significant portion of his piano works was commissioned for Japanese pedagogical publications, reflecting his role as an educator. Shishido also strove in his piano music to contribute to the identity and culture of Japanese classical music.
Pianist Akina Yura has performed throughout the United States, Europe and her native Japan. A strong advocate of the music of Japanese composer Mutsuo Shishido, Yura has presented programs of his works around the world. She has appeared as a guest performer for the Pianodrom International Piano Festival in Albania and as a collaborative pianist for the Castleman Quartet Program. She is a prize-winner of the New Orleans Piano Institute Competition, Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition, and Brevard Piano Competition. She also has served as a member of the piano faculty of the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music Preparatory Program. Yura has trained with numerous notable piano teachers, including Edward Auer, Nathan Buckner, Shigeo Neriki, Yoko Shibamoto, Mikhail Volchok, and Tomoko Yano. She received the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree and Presser Award from the Frost School of Music, where she studied piano with Santiago Rodriguez. Prior to receiving her degree, Yura earned piano performance degrees from the University of Maryland and Indiana University.
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