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I have been performing piano since 1996. I simply have too much to add to the list... 

What is Koto?

The koto (箏) is a traditional Japanese stringed musical instrument, similar to the Chinese zheng, the Mongolian yatga, the Koreangayageum and the Vietnamese đàn tranh. The koto is the national instrument of Japan.[1] Koto are about 180 centimetres (71 in) length, and made from kiri wood (Paulownia tomentosa). They have 13 strings that are strung over 13 movable bridges along the width of the instrument. Players can adjust the string pitches by moving these bridges before playing, and use three finger picks (on thumb, index finger, and middle finger) to pluck the strings.

 

From Wikipedia

As a Performer

I play piano and Japanese Koto.
 

I have worked with many musicians and artists including: Famoudou Don Moye (from AACM), Susie Allen (from Calarts), Vinny Golia, Daren Burns, Ori Barrel and Motoko Honda. I had an experience doing a recording for movie sound track, working as a pianist at local church, and as a concert pianist for numbers of occasions including piano concerto, accompaniment and chamber music concert.

Award


1999

Antelope Valley Bach Competition

Competed and won a first prize for piano. 

Recent Musical Activities and Highlights


1996-Present

Working as a professional Koto player in town 

Playing at art galleries and private events.

Working as a professional pianist in town 

Worked as accompany pianist.


2015-2016

Musical "The Music Man" Production in Brawley, CA

Worked as a rehearsal pianist.


United Methodist Church El Centro, El Centro, CA

Worked as a stuff pianist for the church.


2013-2014

Musical, "Secret Garden", "Rapunzel" and more

Worked as accompany pianist for local musical productions and church events in Sedona, AZ.


Musical, "Peter Pan"

Worked as music director and pianist for the

Verde Valley School, AZ.


'Verde Valley Voices Concert'

Performed a solo Koto in AZ.


2010-2013

'Piano accompaniment for every concert on campus'

Including IB HL/SL music concert series every trimester. 


‘Faculty piano recitals at Verde Valley School’

I give solo piano concert every year at the high school I teach at. I perform classical piano from

Baroque era to modern.


2006-2010

‘Improvising Composers United (ICU)’ Concert series

ICU is a cutting edge, creative new music composition performance ensemble. I perform piano and Japanese Koto instrument.

 

2006-2015

‘Los Angeles Piano Unit’ Concert series

A unique piano concert series offering at many different locations through out Los Angeles area every half a year including Harbor City College and Brand Library with two pianist performing music from Baroque to Modern including a piano music with live electronics and free-improvisation. This group also works on unique and minor piano literatures which written for two pianos and four hands such as works by Tadanao Osada, a post WW I Japanese composer.


2008

Do-yo- concert at Aratani Japanese theater Down Town Los Angeles

Performed piano with Japanese traditional folk singers from Japan and Japanese American students who studies Japanese language and culture. This concert was sponsored by Japanese consulate and Japan America Foundation.


2006

Movie Sound track 'Icewind' (2006)

Worked with a music composer, Ori Barrel for a Jewish movie directed by Chris Silber where I recorded a piano.

Education


University of Redlands

MM in Music Piano Performance

Redlands, CA 2002-2004

 

California Institute of the Arts

BFA in Music Piano performance

Valencia, CA 1993-1998

Misuzu Kitazumi Burns