The community is invited to join Reinhardt College students, faculty and staff in hearing pianist Junko Ueno Garrett on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2007, at 8 p.m. The concert is offered to the public free of charge. The performance is the first in what promises to be a rewarding series sponsored by the piano manufacturer Kawai, as part of the College's EPIC partnership with the corporation.
"Last year, Reinhardt was able to become an EPIC partner with Kawai," said Associate Dean for Music Dr. Dennis K. McIntire. "In addition to enabling us to add 34 exceptional pianos to the College's teaching and performance collection, the partnership will also bring renowned artists from around the world to our campus for performances and masterclasses. Garrett will be a joy to hear, and she'll set a wonderful tone for what promises to be a long and rewarding partnership with Kawai."
Now living in Los Angeles, Calif., Garrett is a native of Japan. She has captivated audiences around the world with her colorful tone, poetry, expressiveness, dynamic technique, and wide range of repertoire. She began playing piano at age 3, trained at the prestigious Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, and received a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Rice University. She also holds a faculty position at Occidental College.
Garrett keeps a busy schedule, performing on the Los Angeles Philharmonic's chamber music series, chamber music collaborations with leading Los Angeles musicians, faculty performances, and guest artist appearances. Her recent recital series "A World Journey on the Keyboard" has been an audience favorite. She also often gives masterclasses where she performs.
Other recent engagements include recitals in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Kansas City, Denver, Salt Lake City, Tucson, Houston, and Alaska under the auspices of the Japan Foundation, Japanese Embassy, and Japanese Consulates General. In September 2006 under a grant from the Japan Foundation she performed in Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. During this visit, she received high critical acclaim for her recitals and lectures on �Piano Journey in Japan: 100 years of Japanese Piano Music.� In 2008 she will return to South America under the auspices of the Japan Foundation and Embassies� culture program.
In 1999 and 2002 she received grants from the Japan Foundation in support of other South American tours including Venezuela, Ecuador, Brazil and Colombia. In the summers of 2007 and 2005, at the invitation of the U.S. State Department, Garrett toured in Japan as part of the Belrose Duo (with husband and Los Angeles Philharmonic cellist, David Garrett) performing and lecturing on American music. In 2000, she received "The Japanese Counsel General's Award" for her contributions to international relations and understanding between Japan and other countries.
In the fall of 2006, she toured in Japan with "A World Journey on the Keyboard" program and captivated a wide range of audiences. She has also toured in India and introduced Western music to Indian audiences.
Junko has released two solo CDs, "100 Years of Japanese Piano Music" and "American Music for Piano." She has also partnered in two piano trio CDs of Japanese folk songs commissioned by a Japanese philanthropist.
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