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Wed. June 23 7:30 PM Opening Concert

Featuring Piano Duo Performances, Including World Premieres

Fri. June 25, 7:30PM Gala Concert

Featuring Piano Ensemble with Violin, Cello, Percussion and Shakuhachi

Sat. June 26, 7:30PM Finale Concert

Best of the Festival, Featuring "Violinist Jeremy Cohen," Grammy-nominated Jazz-Classic Cross-Over Artist

Concert Tickets: Adult $25, Senior/Student $15, Youth (~18) $10 For details:, Ticket Order: 1-800-595-4849 30 Complimentary Tickets Available at 6:30PM at Every Concert. Turn in a coupon.

Master Classes & Workshops

Wed. June 23 10AM & 11AM Master Classes for Piano Duo Fri. June 25 10AM-6:30PM Master Classes for Piano Duo, Violin-Piano and Piano Trio 11AM "Joseph Gold, violin: "The Secret Violin Technique of Paganini" Sat. June 26 10AM-1PM Master Classes for Piano Duo General Public Admitted for Free.

Sponsors and Supporters

Festival Schedule

10AM Duo Pianistico di Firenze Spartacus Ballet (Excerpt) by Khachaturian Sondra Clark Tango Argentina and Brasilia Beguine by Sondra Clark Seo & Kato Duo Russian Waltz by Catherine Rollin, etc. Joseph Gold, violin "The Secret Violin Technique of Paganini" Mary Au, piano "AM I TOO LOUD?" Joseph Gold, violin Violin-Piano Repertoire Master Class Seo & Kato Duo Zui Zui Zukkorobashi Au, Gold and Lee Piano Trio Master Classes Amazing Grace by Smith Gypsy Trio by Haydn Student Piano Ensemble Concert (5PM) Opening Gala Concert Gala Concert Finale Concert Duo Pianistico di Firenze Russian Waltz by Rollin, Weekley, Arganbright Duo Pianistico di Firenze Slavonic Dance Op. 72 by Anton Dovorak Seo & Kato Duo Mazurka and Bagatelle by Jon George





5PM 7:30PM

Master Classes and Workshops are held at the "FINE ART" building. Concerts are held at the Theater,

The Opening Concert on June 23 (Wed) 7:30PM will feature piano duo works, including Barber's Souvenir, Mozart's Two Piano Sonata K. 448, and exciting tangos by Piazzolla. Major new works by internationally known composers, Sondra Clark, Kikuko Masumoto and Yoichi Sugiyama, will be premiered. Enjoy the piano duo performances by world-class artists: Duo Pianistico di Firenze, Seo & Kato Duo, ZOFO Duet and more. The Gala Concert on June 25 (Fri) 7:30PM will feature piano ensembles with other instruments. Shigeo Tachibana, Shakuhachi (bamboo flute), and Masayuki Toyo-oka, piano, joined by Joseph Gold, violin and cellist August Lee, will present rarely heard pieces, blending music from the East and the West. Gold and Mary Au will join forces to present Franck's universally loved violin sonata, followed by Au and Lee playing Chopin's seldom-heard Cello Sonata Op. 65. Continuing the celebration of Romantic music from the West, Duo Pianistico di Firenze will provide stunning arrangements by Liszt/Horowitz and Borodin. Seo and Kato Duo will provide a dramatic finish to the concert with Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, the third Movement, and an unforgettably lovely arrangement of Saint Saens' masterpiece "The Swan." for two pianos and cello. For the Grand Finale Concert on June 26 (Sat) 7:30PM , Festival Faculty artists will be joined by artists selected from the educational sessions, bringing together the best of the Festival's participating musicians. Czerny's "Grande Sonata Brilliante" followed by the monumental "Grand Galop Chromatique" by Liszt will be the highlight of the piano duo performances. For the final string section, virtuosi Lee on cello and Gold on violin will perform brilliant polonaises by Chopin and Wieniawski accompanied by Au on piano. The Festival will conclude with a special performance by Jeremy Cohen, a 2009 Grammy-nominated jazz-classical cross-over artist and his company. 2

June 23 (Wed) 7:30PM Opening Concert Featuring Piano Duo Performances

Jeanne Kuo and Rachel Voorhies Duo Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major K. 448 First Movement by W.A. Mozart Duo Pianistico di Firenze White Water Suite by Sondra Clark, World Premiere Seo & Kato Duo Carillon by Kikuko Masumoto, US Premiere "Diario 2010" for Piano Four Hands by Yoichi Sugiyama, World Premiere ZOFO Duet Souvenirs by Samuel Barber Duo Pianistico di Firenze Oblivion, Tangata and Libertango by Astor Piazzolla

Educational Programs

Educational Session 1 - Wed. June 23 to Sat. June 26 This session will focus on piano duo works. Festival faculty members for this session include: Duo Pianistico di Firenze who has been finalists since 1990 and noted for their perfect ensemble and exquisite tonal balance. Seo and Kato Duo, first-prize winners of international piano competitions in Japan, Poland, and the U.S. Educational session 2 - Fri. June 25 to Sat. June 26 This session will focus on the music for violin & piano, cello & piano and piano trios. Renowned violinist Joseph Gold, cellist extraordinaire August Lee, and the superb pianist/chamber music specialist Mary Au, will present unique master classes and workshops, all admission free to the public. Joseph Gold: "The Secret Violin Technique of Paganini" [Fri. 6/25 at 11 a.m.] A workshop with violinist Joseph Gold on the contemporary and traditional violin performance practice of music by Paganini. Find out how Paganini actually performed his own music. Mary Au: "Am I Too Loud? - Collaborator, Solo Pianist or Chamber Musician?" [Fri. 6/25 at 1 p.m.] A master class on the art of accompaniment and collaboration with Piatigorsky Foundation Artist pianist Mary Au; learn how to blend the piano with any instruments or voice. Joseph Gold: "Violin-Piano Repertoire" [Fri. 6/25 at 2 p.m.] A master class on the art of violin performance with noted violinist Joseph Gold. Flying fingers or musical performance? Modern violin performance--where is it going? "Piano Trio Repertoire" [Fri. 6/25 at 4 p.m.] Master classes with Au, Gold and Lee on the art of chamber music collaboration and rehearsal techniques. Students' Piano Ensemble Concert [Sat 6/26 at 5 p.m.] The educational sessions concluded with performances by the participating students in concerts at 5 pm, Saturday, June 26.


June 25 (Fri) 7:30PM Gala Concert Featuring Piano Ensemble Performances

Libby Kardontchik and Vija Norkvesta "Spartacus" Ballet (excerpts), by Aram Khachaturian The Dance of a Greek Slave, Variations of Aegina, and Bacchanalia Shigeo Tachibana, Shakuhachi, and Masayuki Toyo-oka, Piano Joseph Gold, Violin and August Lee, Cello In Remembrance by Marty Regan Tears from Heaven by Michael Reimann Joseph Gold, violin and Mary Au, piano Violin Sonata in A Major, the First and Second Movement, by César Franck August Lee, Cello and Mary Au, Piano Sonata for Cello and Piano Op. 65 by Frédéric Chopin Duo Pianistico di Firenze Dance Macabre by Saint-Saens arranged by Liszt/Horowitz (1-piano) Polovtzian Dances by Aleksandr Borodin (2-piano) Seo & Kato Duo, Neal Goggans and Nick Matthiesen Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion Third Movement by Béla Bartok August Lee, Cello, and Seo & Kato Duo The Swan from The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns (cello & 2 pianos )

June 26 (Sat) 7:30PM Finale Concert

Performances by Educational Session Participants Will be Announced at the Concert Seo & Kato Duo Introduction to Piano Duo Works by Osamu Katsuki Duo Pianistico di Firenze Grande Sonata Brilliante op. 10 First and Fourth Movement by Carl Czerny August Lee and Mary Au Polanaise Brilliante for cello and piano, Op. 3 by Frédéric Chopin Joseph Gold and Mary Au Grande Duo Polonaise for violin and piano by Henri and Joseph Wieniawski Duo Pianistico di Firenze and Seo & Kato Duo Grand Galop Chromatique E-Flat Major by Franz Liszt Jeremy Cohen, 2009 Grammy-nominated artist, and Company Special Guest Presentation 4

Festival Faculty Artists' Biographies (in performing order) Kuo & Voorhies Piano Duo was formed in 2009. Jeanne Kuo was born in Taipei and began her studies of classical piano at the age of four in the Yamaha Piano Institute with Ling Ling Lin. She took her B.A. in Piano Performance from The University of the Pacific in Stockton where she studied with Frank Wiens and her M.M. from The Peabody Conservatory Johns Hopkins University as a student of Robert Weirich. Rachel Kim Voorhies attended numerous national and international piano competitions and won many prizes as a young musician. She has also been actively engaged in performing with chamber musicians and solo artists. She took her B.A. in piano performance at Sookmyung University in Seoul Korea and studied at The Manhattan school of Music. Duo Pianistico di Firenze Formed in 1990, the Firenza Duo is the finalists of numerous awards at international piano competitions. The Firenze Duo is regularly invited to perform for many important music associations all over Italy, and is highly acclaimed for their perfect ensemble, exquisite tonal balance and refined stylistic choices. The Firenze Duo is also interested in orchestral and chamber music literature transcribed for two performers and has premiered many new works. Sara Bartolucci and Rodolfo Alessandrini are the Artistic Directors of the National Piano Competitions: "Citta di Cesenatico" and "Muzio Clementi" in Florence. This well-knit piano duo performs as if they are a single person with twenty fingers. They coached and performed at the KPMF 1st International Piano Music Festival in July 2008. Seo and Kato Duo They have won at international piano duo competitions: the first prize at the International Piano Duo Competition in Tokyo in 2003, the first prize at the 3rd International Piano Duo Competition in Poland in 2005 (the Chopin Prize as well) and the first prize at the 10th Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition in USA also in 2005. Since 2007 Seo and Kato has performed regularly in the United States, Germany and Japan. In summer 2008, they gave a concert at the Musical Instruments Museum in Berlin, sponsored by the Gotthard Schierse-Foundation. In 2009, the duo performed the Concerto for 2 pianos and orchestra by Peter Eotvos with the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra at the Suntory Music Foundation's Summer Festival 2009 [MUSIC TODAY 21] in Tokyo. ZOFO Duet was awarded First Prize in this year's prestigious Bradshaw and Bruno International Piano Competition and appeared in concert on May 23, 2010 at Carnegie Hall in New York as the competition winners. As one of a rare handful of professional ensembles worldwide focusing on piano duets, ZOFO is rediscovering and energetically performing hidden gems of the traditional one-piano-four-hands repertoire, along with a strong dedication to 20th and emerging 21st Century works. As innovators in the genre, ZOFO also performs fascinating one-piano-four-hands arrangements of famous orchestral pieces, such as Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, exploring the realms in which many composers first experienced their symphonic visions. Based in San Francisco, ZOFO is a fiscally sponsored Affiliate of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music. Libby Kardontchik, pianist, graduated at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory College, BA, and the

Moscow Pedagogical Institute, MA. Vija Norkvesta received her MA in piano performance from the Latvian State Conservatory in Riga. The Duo has performed throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, with concerts at the Palo Alto Arts Center, The Crestmont Conservatory of Music in San Mateo, at the Foster City Community Concert Series. Their specialty is the duo repertoire by Russian composers, particularly lesser-known masterpieces by well-known composers like Shostakovich, Khachaturian, Profofiev and Mussorgsky. Due in part to their association with the incomparable Riga Duo, they are also noted for their performances of the works of Russian composer Valery Gavrilian.

Shigeo Tachibana graduated with a Master's degree in Tozan style music, studying under Narita Rokuzan.The versatile Mr. Tachibana continued studies on the shakuhachi in the classical Kinko style and Huke music (formerly known as Zen music) from Master Kifu Mitsuhashi, one of the most prominent shakuhachi performers in Japan. Mr. Tachibana has won numerous competitions demonstrating his expertise on the shakuhachi. These competitions included the NHK (Japan Broadcasting Network) contests, where he was given distinction in both modern and traditional forms of shakuhachi music, the "Breeze" Young Musicians Competition, and the "Zenkoku Hougaku" competition, which was nationally broadcasted by NHK.


Masayuki Toyo-oka is a member of the T&M Duo which he started with Ms. Toyo-oka in 1991. They performed a series of piano duo concerts from 2000 to 2005 under the direction of Kazumi Tanaka and Haruki Matsunaga. Mr. Toyo-oka is the President of, which provides downloadable piano duo scores and audio sources, holds competitions and concerts, and promotes the understanding of piano ensemble music through educational sessions and publications. He serves the Japanese Federation of Musicians. Mr. Toyo-oka is an organizing committee member of the 2010 KPMF US-Japan Cultural Exchange through Piano Ensemble Music. Joseph Gold achieved international recognition when he was selected to be the private violin soloist for famed tenor Luciano Pavarotti. Mr. Gold served in the dual capacity of concertmaster and director of chamber music at the Spoleto Music Festival in Italy. He has been praised on four continents for his brilliant interpretations of the great repertoire of the 19th century violin virtuosos Paganini, Sarasate, Bazzini and others. A graduate of the University of Southern California, he studied with the legendary Jascha Heifetz. Mr. Gold has commissioned and premiered many works by contemporary composers. In addition to his worldwide concert tours, Mr. Gold is the author of the definitive books "Paganini's Art of Violin Playing," and "Sarasate: New Light on a Brilliant Star."

August Lee ( ) is an extraordinarily talented young international artist known for his stunning technique, sensitivity and superb artistry. Winner of the International Sergei Taneyev Chamber Music Competition and multiple first prizes in national music competitions in Korea, Mr. Lee has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Asia, Europe and North America. Highlights of his performance career include concerts for Ambassadors and diplomatic missions in nearly three-dozen countries, appearances in concert halls at the Moscow Conservatory and major venues in South Korea. His luscious tone, profound musicality and impeccable virtuosity, combined with charming personality, have gained him immense appreciation from audiences from all walks of life worldwide. Born in Korea, Mr. Lee is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory. His teachers include legendary artist/teachers Tchaikovsky competition Gold medalist Kirill Rodin, Tatiana Gaidamovich, Dimitri Shebalin and Alexander Bonduriansky, Kazimierz Michalik and Noh Sunhee. Mary Au Hong Kong born pianist Mary Au is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and the University of Southern California. Ms. Au's artistry and musicianship have left a lasting impression on esteemed artists such as Natalia Gutman, Janos Starker, Steven Isserlis, Ralph Kirshbaum, Philippe Müller, Boris Pergamenschikow, Mstislav Rostropovich, Ruggiero Ricci, Myung Whun Chung and Elly Ameling. She has collaborated with many renowned artists, including Christine Brewer, Arietha Lockhart, and Tchaikovsky Competition Gold Medalist, Nathaniel Rosen. Her appearances in Columbia Artists Management Community Concerts and her recordings with cellist Ruslan Biryukov have been enthusiastically received. Courted by Chinese officials, Ms. Au performed in the IFEA Award winning Nanning International Arts Festival in China. Http:// Neal Goggans, percussionist, and music teacher, started percussion when he was twelve-years-old. He gravitated towards timpani as his favorite percussion instrument when he was about thirteen. In high school, he sat as the principal percussionist of the 2001 All-State Honor Band and the 2002 AllState Honor Orchestra; he also sat principal timpanist in 2000 and 2001 in the California Orchestra Director Association, as well as the 2001 All-State Honor Orchestra. Mr. Goggans recently graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance, where he studied with the highly acclaimed percussionist Galen Lemmon, as well while sitting as principal chair in both the University Orchestra and the top performing ensemble, the Wind Ensemble. Mr. Goggans plans to pursue his Masters of Music in Percussion. He currently teaches group and private lessons at the Umusic Education Foundation (Umusic Place). Nick Matthiesen, percussionist, is currently a member of the San Jose Wind Symphony with whom he traveled to Chicago in 2009 to perform at the prestigious Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. He also has instructed percussion at multiple high schools in San Jose as well as at the U Music foundation in Fremont, California. In 2010 he performed with the San Jose State Wind Ensemble at the CMEA conference in Sacramento as well as at the Fresno State Wind Festival. Nick is currently a percussion performance major at San Jose State University and studies with Galen Lemmon.


Jeremy Cohen's electrifying jazz violin performances have earned him nationwide accolades. Classically-trained and a student of Itzhak Perlman and Anne Crowden, Cohen's eclectic style reflects his respect for a wide range of violinists from Perlman and Fritz Kreisler to Joe Venuti and Eddie South. Cohen has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras including the Virginia Symphony, the California Symphony and the Reno Philharmonic. His recording credits include motion picture and television soundtracks including "The Dukes of Hazzard" and Jane Fonda's "Dollmaker." The Quartet San Francisco, which he leads, was nominated for Grammy Awards in 2006, 2007 and 2009. As crossover specialists they excel in multiple styles -- from jazz to tango, pop to funk, blues to bluegrass, gypsy swing to big band and beyond. Mr. Cohen will perform violin-piano pieces for the 3rd International Piano Music Festival as a special guest artist.

Dr. Sondra Clark, Contributing Composer and Director of the KPMF Board

Ms. Clark is a graduate of The Julliard School (B.M.) and Stanford University (Ph.D.) and was a long-time member of the Music Faculty at San Jose State University. Her compositions, which range from solo to symphonic, are performed internationally and have won many awards, including ASCAP awards for the last eight years. Dr. Clark is widely recognized for her many published compositions for piano duo/duets, and she is playing a key role in helping young artists and the Silicon Valley community to discover and perform the rich repertoire of piano ensemble music.

Yoko Kurosawa, Director of the KPMF Board

Ms. Kurosawa is a graduate of Musahino Academia Musicae in Tokyo with degrees of Bachelor of Piano Performance and Bachelor of Music Education. She has also studied voice with Machi Adachi. Ms. Kurosawa oversees the Festival's education programs based on her extensive teaching experience in Japan and the U.S. Her experience as a duo pianist, accompanist and organist has given her special expertise in coaching students with an emphasis on teamwork in piano ensemble music. She has taught and presented over a dozen young artist piano duos for the last few years.

KPMF expresses great thanks to the following sponsors and supporters. Organizational Supporters: Arts Council Silicon Valley Japan Foundation Kiwanis Club of San Jose Rendan.Net Sherman Clay & Co. Steinway Society Bay Area West Valley College Master of Ceremony Greg Landers Back-Stage Management Chris Hepp and Yoko Kurosawa Audition and Rehearsal Almaden Neighborhood Church Photography Kenji Nakai Video Recording and Editing Glenn Cardon and Jon Parenica Program Book Editor Alex Kurosawa Printing Ken Oskuie, Allegra Food and Beverages Eiko Kato, Steve Springer, Sommelier Marketing Akemi Schulze Ticket Office and Ushering Wanda Wilson, Jule Lueders Host Family Ellen Tryba Chen, Atsuko Nelson, and Mr. and Mrs. Pierluigi Zappacosta, Irene Breck

Parking and Traffic Control Phil Inman Event Administration Julian Le, Administrative Support Kaori Nakayama Young performers and their parents


Greeting from the President

We are pleased to present the 3rd Festival, which expands piano ensemble music to include duos for piano with violin and cello, and in trios. Blending piano sounds with those of other instruments requires special skills and presents exciting challenges and opportunities. We have organized a dozen fascinating educational sessions by artists who are experts in their fields, including violinist Joseph Gold, who studied with the legendary Jascha Heifetz and has written books on the techniques of Paganini and Sarasate. The three evening concerts will present spectacular performances by world-class artists and include two world premieres. The ensemble with shakuhachi, violin, cello and piano will demonstrate an excellent example of the art of blending two distant cultures and speaks to the ideal of creating a harmony in the world. The Festival will be concluded by violinist Jeremy Cohen's brilliant jazz-classical cross over performances. We would like to express our special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers who have made this absolutely wonderful Festival a reality. Thanks to the donors who made up to 100 seats available for free to the community. We hope that lots of people will come and enjoy the Festival. Alex Kurosawa, President, KPMF

About KPMF

Kurosawa Piano Music Foundation (KPMF), a 100% volunteer-based 501(c)(3) organization, was launched in January 2008, with its mission to inspire the youth, aged 8-18, and the diverse communities in Silicon Valley through the transforming beauty of piano ensemble music, such as piano duos, trios, quintets and concertos. To date, KPMF has presented over 85 young artists' teams, held 3 dozen master classes and awarded over 4 dozen scholarships. We have invited world-class artists from Armenia, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Russia, Spain, and the US. The total number of people involved exceeds 3,000. We provide pianists with an opportunity to discover and explore the joy and excitement of ensemble performance with other instrumental performers and singers. Piano ensemble involves an wealth of activities and presents numerous opportunities for life-time enlightenment.

Past Events:

Young Artists' Piano Duo Concert, Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA), May, 2008 1st International Piano Music Festival, CSMA & Le Petit Trianon, July, 2008 1st Historic Keyboard Concert, San Jose State Univ. (SJSU), Jan., 2009 2nd International Piano Music Festival, SJSU, Jan., 2009 Young Artists' Chamber Music Extravaganza, Mountain View, May., 2009 Monster Piano Concert, SJSU, Jan., 2010 Eroica Trio Master Class and Concert, Le Petit Trianon, Feb., 2010 2nd Annual Historic Keyboard Concert, SJSU, Mar., 2010 1st US-Japan Music Festival at Tateuchi Hall (CSMA) in Mountain View, June 21-22, 2010

KPMF Board members Alex Kurosawa, President of the Board Sondra Clark, Member of the Board Yoko Kurosawa, Member of the Board Greg Landers, Secretary Endowment David West, Treasurer Executive Board Members Dr. Gwendolyn Mok Mary Ann Murphy Advisors Chris Hepp Bob Lopresto J.P. Puette 8


During the last few years, KPMF has held 10 major music events and demonstrated that a variety of piano ensemble music can inspire people of all ages in many different creative ways. KPMF is now moving toward establishing an infrastructure for long-term stability. Along with event revenues and donations for fiscal financial support, KPMF plans to establish an endowment to fund its operations with planned annual returns. If you are interested in supporting KPMF in any way, please contact the following.

KPMF, Suite 100, 19925 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014 TEL. 408-725-7521, FAX: 408-540-1001 , Information: email: 3rdFest.kpmff, EIN-26-1717730


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