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Alhambra Performing Arts Center (APAC), under the direction of Artistic Director Bill Yee, presents a free concert by award-winning concert violinist Dr. Sakura Tsai, accompanied on piano by Naomi Sumitani, at 7 p.m. Saturday Sept. 17, at Sage Granada Park United Methodist Church, 1850 W. Hellman Ave. Alhambra.
Since her first solo orchestral appearance at age 10, Ms. Tsai has performed nationally and internationally as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. She has won several musical and academic honors such as the Ozelle Rubenstein Memorial Prize at the International Young Artists Peninsula Music Festival, honorable mention at The Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, and the prestigious Order of Areté, awarded by the University of Southern California.
As a performer of contemporary music, Ms. Tsai collaborated with composer Steven Mackey in his composition, Physical Property, for electric guitar and string quartet. Additionally, she collaborated with Grammy Award-winning entertainer Ian Whitcomb and the What’s Next? Ensemble on a CD entitled Now and Then: Music of the Great Depression(s) 2010/1929. She has championed works of living composers through numerous performances with her chamber ensembles DuselForty58, Trio à l’ouest, What’s Next? Ensemble and their annual Los Angeles Composers Project, and Definiens. She also participated in festivals such as the Lucerne Festival Academy directed by Pierre Boulez.
As a chamber musician, Ms. Tsai most recently collaborated with artists to include members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Ysaÿe Quartet and has appeared as guest artist at the Unbound Chamber Music Festival in Mammoth Lakes. As an educator, Ms. Tsai is on the faculty at Marymount California University. She makes frequent appearances as an adjudicator and serves as clinician in schools around Southern California where she mentors aspiring young musicians.
Naomi Sumitani, a native of Palos Verdes, began her piano studies at the age of 4. She has studied with renowned teachers including Dr. Konstantin Sirounian, Bernadene Blaha, and Kevin Fitz-Gerald. She has won competitions in France and Italy, as well as many local piano competitions including the International Los Angeles Liszt Competition and MTAC State Competitions. She has participated in the Takamatsu International Competition and the Hamamatsu International Competition in Japan.
After graduating from Rolling Hills Preparatory School in 2001, she attended the University of Southern California, where she pursued her Bachelor and Master of Music degree in piano performance. In 2013, she was the outstanding graduate in the Doctoral program pursuing a Keyboard Collaborate Arts degree. In addition to her piano studies, she has studied composition with Kae Matsumoto and Neal Desby, as well as improvisation with Dr. Richard Grayson. She has performed her compositions throughout the United States and Japan. Most recently, her lecture recital included a piece composed for voice and piano dedicated to the Japanese-Americans detained in the internment camps during World War II. She teaches music at Peninsula Montessori School and is actively involved in teaching piano in and around Palos Verdes.
APAC is a member of the Consortium of Southern California Chamber Music Presenters and a member of the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce.
Refreshments are by Le Cordon Bleu trained chef Anthony (AJ) Jefferson and crew.
Free-will donations will be accepted during intermission. Seating is limited and is first come, first served.
For more information, contact Mr. Yee at 626-230 5435, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org