TAKA KIGAWA solo piano recital, March 25, 2009 | 7:00 pm
Presented by Performing Arts at CAM
Chelsea Art Museum, Home of the Miotte Foundation
556 West 22nd Street (at 11th Avenue)
New York, NY 10011
Tel: 212 255 0719
Tickets are only available at the door on the day of the performance
$15 general admission / $10 students and seniors / Free for CAM Members
Performing Arts at CAM is proud to present critically acclaimed pianist TAKA KIGAWA in a solo piano recital. Including Etudes Book I by Claude Debussy, Incises for Piano by Pierre Boulez, and Etudes Book I by György Ligeti, Mr. Kigawa’s program for this recital showcases his specialty: important 20th and 21st century compositions by pre-eminent composers. Each selection on the program has attained masterpiece status in the field of new music. The New York Times hailed Kigawa as a “talented and adventurous young pianist,” especially in his playing of the music of Pierre Boulez, which “deserves the highest praise. It was the music of Mr. Boulez that spurred him to greater intensity and spontaneity”; in describing his performance of Debussy’s works: “Mr. Kigawa impressed as a careful and serious-minded musician, quietly poetic and considerate”; and for his execution of the unbelievably difficult Ligeti piano etudes: “On this terrain, Mr. Kigawa’s authority was unquestionable.” With such superlative praise, Mr. Kigawa’s recital promises to be an exemplary and exhilarating one.
Taka Kigawa has steadily built his reputation as one of today’s most compelling young artists, renowned for both his superb musicianship and courageous programming. Since winning First Prize in the 1990 Japan Music Foundation Competition in Tokyo, and the 1998 Diploma Prize at Concurs Internacional Maria Canals De Barcelona in Spain, he has performed extensively both as a recitalist and soloist with orchestra in many prestigious venues all over the world, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kosciuszko Foundation, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Salle Gaveau in Paris, and Plau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona. He has collaborated with such renowned musicians as Pierre Boulez, Myung-Whun Chung and Jonathan Nott. His performances and recordings have been broadcast over many television and radio networks, including WQXR-FM in New York. Mr. Kigawa received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Shinsyu University in Japan. He continued his studies in New York at the Juilliard School, where he holds a Master of Music degree.