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A continuation of Shoko Inoue’s performance of selected jewels from Robert Schumann’s extensive piano repertoire. Shoko is a prize-winner of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, first prize winner for contemporary music of the Frinna Awerbuch Competition, and first prize winner of the Chopin Competition in New York where she made her Carnegie Hall debut. She is active as a soloist, chamber musician and recitalist throughout North America, Japan and Europe. Among her notable appearances are solo recitals at the 9th Annual World Piano Pedagogy Conference in Las Vegas and at the Shostakovich Festival in Rome’s St. Cecilia Hall. She has also had many solo concerts at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto.

Shoko Inoue was born in Tokyo Japan, where she began playing the piano at the age of three. She studied with renowned teachers Shun Sato and Takashi Hironaka. Following her successful appearance at the Casadesus International Competition, she traveled to the United States to study at the Cleveland Institute of Music under full scholarship with Sergei Babayan, celebrated concert pianist, teacher, and artist in residence. Her studies continued with Marc Durand and John Perry in Toronto.

Ms. Inoue is committed to enhancing life through music. Sergei Babayan has noted that her “interpretations are born of utmost integrity and sincerity that set her apart from other musicians.” Performing highlights include Prokofiev’s Concerto #2 in G minor, opus 16 with Oshawa Symphony, a trio concert in Florida with Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth, as well as a piano duo concert with Sergei Babayan in Cleveland. A piano and cello duo concert with Amanda Forsyth at the Glenn Gould Studio was broadcast by CBC.

Throughout the program, Ben Clinton-Baker will read excerpts from Schumann’s diary and letters. Clinton-Baker is an historian and writer who has presented in concert with Shoko on numerous occasions. He has worked in theatre and education giving many lectures relating to local history. He is currently researching and writing a biography of early Victorian polymath Dr. Charles Frederick Newcombe, upon which subject he will present at Wentworth Villa on June 4th.


Recital Program

Robert Schumann Fantasie in C, Op. 17 (1836)

Intermission

Robert Schumann Bunte Blatter, Op. 99 (1838)
Robert Schumann Geistervariationen, WoO 24 (1854)

 


* All concerts will run approximately 90 minutes.