Legendary Japanese Pianist Conducts Master Class At Yamaha Piano Salon

New York, N.Y. — Japanese Pianist Hiroko Nakamura will present a series of master classes offered at Yamaha Artist Services on Friday, June 30 and Saturday, July 1, 2006. Six one-hour sessions will be offered each day, beginning at 12 p.m. on June 30th and 2 p.m. on July 1st. These events are free and open to the public.

Hiroko Nakamura
Legendary Pianist Hiroko Nakamura
The workshops will feature performances by several rising pianists, including 2004 International Piano-e-Competition winner Jie Chen, up and coming classical star Ching Yun-Hu and Yamaha's youngest classical piano artist, 16-year-old Claire Huangci.

Recognized as a prodigy from age three, Hiroko Nakamura has performed in more than 3,500 concerts worldwide, has made over 40 recordings and is the award-winning author of five books. She has made innumerable appearances with such orchestras as the Detroit Symphony, Wiener Symphoniker, Koln Radio Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic, USSR State Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Sweden and the Shanghai Symphony. She has also performed with such notable conductors as James Levine, Kiril Kondrasin, Rafael Frubech, Evgeny Svetlanov, Vladimir Fedoseyev and Jean Fournet.

In 2000, she had the distinction of performing Chopin's Nocturne Opus Posthumous at the funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi. She has served on the juries of many international competitions including Van Cliburn, Tchaikovsky and Chopin. She also serves as the chairman of the Hamamatsu International Piano Academy.

Ms. Nakamura has been recognized with many international awards including decorations from the governments of Japan and Poland. A recipient of the Arthur Rubinstein Gold Medal, she continues to enjoy a distinguished career of performing, recording, coaching and judging.

These master classes will take place in the 3rd floor Piano Salon at Yamaha Artist Services, Inc., which is located at 689 Fifth Avenue in New York City (entrance is at 54th Street). For specific class times and other details, email yasi@yamaha.com or call 212-339-9995, ext. 0.

For more information on Yamaha, write Yamaha Corporation of America, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622; telephone (714) 522-9011; or email infostation@yamaha.com.

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