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Rieko Aizawa, pianist

Sun, Jan 27 @ 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm


3:15 PM Pre-concert talk with Ms. Aizawa / 4:00 PM Concert 

Debussy: Pour le Piano
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in B flat major, K. 454

— Intermission —

Chopin: Nocturne in F-sharp Major, Op.15-2
Chopin: Waltz in c-sharp minor, Op.64-2
Grieg: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3, Op. 45

Reception with the musicians following the concert

Rieko Aizawa, pianist of the Horszowski Trio based in New York City, perform a solo piano recital. Ms. Aizawa will include a performance in the second half of the program with her husband, Jesse Mills, violinist of the Horszowski Trio. Celebrating Mozart’s birthday, she will perform music by Mozart and composers influenced by him, such as Chopin and Debussy. Ms. Aizawa has performed all over the world, at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and Vienna’s Konzerthaus. The PCA is thrilled to have Steinway Artist and graduate of the Curtis Institute and Juilliard School, Rieko Aizawa, perform on our beautiful Steinway B.

Praised by the NY Times for her “impressive musicality, crisp touch, and expressive phrasing,” Japanese pianist Rieko Aizawa has performed in solo and orchestral engagements throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, including Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall and Vienna’s Konzerthaus.

At the age of thirteen, Ms. Aizawa was brought to the attention of conductor Alexander Schneider on the recommendation of the pianist Mitsuko Uchida. Schneider engaged Ms. Aizawa as soloist with his Brandenburg Ensemble at the opening concerts of Tokyo’s Casals Hall. Later that year, Schneider presented her in her United States début concerts at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall with his New York String Orchestra. She has since established her own unique musical voice.

Highlights have included acclaimed performances with the New Japan Philharmonic under Seiji Ozawa, the English Chamber Orchestra under Heinz Holliger, the Festival Strings Lucerne in Switzerland with Rudolf Baumgartner, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra under Hugh Wolff, the Curtis Institute Orchestra with Peter Oundjian, the St. Louis Symphony with David Loebel, and a wonderfully received performance with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Aizawa also has a great interest in exploring unusual repertoire. In October 2007, the St. Paul Pioneer Press said of her performance with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra conducted by Hans Graf: “the Salieri Piano Concerto in C was played so splendidly by Rieko Aizawa. Hers was a graceful reading. …Aizawa’s performance lent the work a respect it rarely receives.”

Ms. Aizawa is also an active chamber musician. The youngest-ever participant at the Marlboro Music Festival, she has also performed as a guest with string quartets including the Guarneri and Orion Quartets. Ms. Aizawa is a founding member of the Horszowski Trio and Duo Prism with violinist Jesse Mills, which received first prize at the Zinetti International Competition in Italy in 2006. With Mr. Mills, Ms. Aizawa became co-artistic director of the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival in Colorado in 2010.

March 2005 marked the release of Ms. Aizawa’s first solo recording of Shostakovich’s and Scriabin’s “24 Preludes” on the Altus Music label. Her second album of Messiaen and Faure preludes will come out in 2012.

Ms. Aizawa received her master’s degree from the Juilliard School, where she worked with Peter Serkin. She is also a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she was awarded the prestigious Rachmaninoff Prize and studied with Seymour Lipkin, Peter Serkin, and Mieczyslaw Horszowski as his last pupil. Ms. Aizawa is a Steinway Artist.

Seating and tickets

Seating will be recital-style (no tables).

Tickets: $20 (Members & Seniors: $15 advance), Teens/students: $8, Children under 12: $5
Piano students free with paying adult (limit 2)

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