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Kiyoshi Tamagawa and Friends perform Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, and Johnannes Brahms: Jan. 21


Kiyoshi Tamagawa, piano, with Jessica Mathaes, violin, Blake Turner, viola, and Daniel Kopp, cello, will perform solo and chamber music of Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms in a free concert that will be open to the public at the Georgetown Public Library on Sunday, Jan. 21, at 2 pm.

Dr. Tamagawa has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist throughout North America, and in Europe and Asia. Dr. Tamagawa is a 2016 prizewinner in The American Prize competition, Piano Concerto (Lorin Hollander Award), Professional division.

Free and open to the public, this performance is a gift of the Friends of the Georgetown Public Library. The Live Music in the Library concerts are usually held in the library Lobby, but this concert will be in the library’s Hewlett Room, on the second floor.

The Steinway piano Dr. Tamagawa will play belonged to Georgetown pianist Drusilla Huffmaster, who gave the instrument to the Georgetown Symphony Society. The piano had previously belonged to Miss Ima Hogg, and is now housed at the Georgetown Public Library.

Kiyoshi Tamagawa’s collaboration with the late violinist Eugene Fodor resulted in over thirty recitals and a CD of violin and piano music, “Witches’ Brew.” Their performances took them across the United States and also included concerts at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Mumbai, India and the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Guanajuato, Mexico. Tamagawa has performed at Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall and Bargemusic in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, where he was called an “excellent” pianist by The Strad magazine, and on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts series in Chicago. He has appeared with the Temple Symphony Orchestra as soloist in the Second Piano Concerto of Rachmaninoff, and also performed with orchestras in New England and Colorado. In February 2013 he appeared with the Austin Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 3, accompanying Ballet Austin’s performance of Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante. His latest appearance with ASO was this past November in two performances of the Piano Concerto in C major, K. 503 by Mozart. In March 2016 he will appear as soloist again with the Temple Symphony, performing another Mozart concerto. Other recent projects include a tour of Asia with Southwestern University faculty cellist Hai Zheng and concerts with the Oahu Civic Symphony, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Dr. Tamagawa received his early musical training in Connecticut, where he made his debut with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra at the age of thirteen. He holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory, where he won the senior concerto competition and the Hurlbutt Award for most talented graduating senior, the Yale University School of Music, where he was the recipient of the Benjamin Jepson Prize for music theory, and The University of Texas at Austin, where he held a University Fellowship. Currently he is Professor of Music and Associate Dean for the Sarofim School of Fine Arts at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. He is the 2013 recipient of the Collegiate Teaching Award of the Texas Music Teachers’ Association.

Tickets are not needed; simply come and enjoy an inspiring performance. The Georgetown Public Library is located at 402 W. Eighth Street in Georgetown.