Cherry Blossom Festival: Yumi Kurosawa Trio (2:30 PM)

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    Saturday, April 1, 2023
    2:30 pm - 3:00 pm


    Freer Gallery of Art
    Meyer Auditorium


Celebrate spring in bloom with performances by award-winning koto player and composer Yumi Kurosawa, accompanied by Naho Parrini on violin and Eric Phinney on percussion and tabla.

Yumi Kurosawa – composition, 20-string koto
Naho Parrini – violin
Eric Phinney – percussion, tabla

Limited seating available. First performance will be first come, first served. Free, timed tickets will be distributed for the second performance.

About Yumi Kurosawa:

YUMI KUROSAWA Koto, Composer

An award-winning koto star from a young age, Yumi Kurosawa is one of today's most exciting soloists on Japan's national instrument. Born and raised in Japan, Yumi Kurosawa started studying the koto when she was three. She received first prize at the National Japanese Koto Competition for students in 1989 and 1992 and a scholarship from the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan in 1998. Kurosawa has been based in New York since 2002. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2006. In 2011 she was principal soloist in the premiere of Daron Hagen's Koto Concerto: Genji with Orchestra of the Swan in the United Kingdom. The concerto went on to be performed with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 Kurosawa was principal soloist for the premier of The Memory Stone at the Houston Grand Opera. In 2015 she premiered the ballet Tsuru, for which she was commissioned by Houston Ballet and Asia Society Texas, both as a soloist and composer. That same year, Kurosawa collaborated with the Beyoncé dancers Les Twins for a performance at the world heritage site Kiyomizu-dera and was a soloist with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra at Suntory Hall’s opening gala.

Kurosawa was guest artist for the reopening of the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center, which was a gift from Japan in 1976. She also held recent performances at the National Gallery of Art and the Freer Gallery of Art at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art. She was awarded a music residency at Pioneer Works in 2019 and has been invited to the thirtieth anniversary of the Australia Chamber Music Festival. Her performances have been lauded by the New York Times and the Washington Post. She currently teaches in the music performance program at Columbia University’s Music Department.

Image: Yumi Kurosawa.

Support for this event is provided by the Bill and Mary Meyer Concert Series Endowment.

This program takes place during the National Museum of Asian Art’s 2023 Cherry Blossom Festival.