Canadian pianist Ryo Yanagitani, winner of the 10th San Antonio International Piano Competition, will performs works by Debussy, Chaminade, and Chopin in a concert at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, in Brechemin Auditorium.
Yanagitani has distinguished himself as one of Canada’s most promising young concert artists. He has made concerto appearances with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and the Moroccan Symphony Orchestra, among others.
In addition to many solo recitals, he has been in demand as a chamber musician, performing in settings from the duo sonata repertoire to large ensembles. He is an active member of the Musique a la Mode chamber ensemble in New York, specializing in the performance of new music and unusual works seldom heard in public. Yanagitani is also pianist of Duo Chrysalis with cellist Jacques Lee Wood, and their collaboration will take them on a tour of performances across the United States and Korea in the upcoming season.
A recipient of many scholarships and awards, Yanagitani has been endowed twice by the Canadian Arts Council with a grant as an emerging Artist, and is also a recipient of the Arthur Foote Scholarship from the Harvard Musical Association.
He is also increasingly recognized not only as a performer but also a teacher, and is frequently asked to adjudicate competitions and conduct master classes.
Yanagitani will participate in a panel discussion about career pathways in music, moderated by piano professor Robin McCabe, at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, also in Brechemin Auditorium. Other panelists include Maria Larionoff of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra; author and critic Bernard Jacobson; School of Music faculty members Heidi Lehwalder, harp; Donna Shin, flute; and Stephen Rumph; as well as graduate student Matthew Goodrich and jazz alumnus Ivan Arteaga.
Tickets for Yanagitanis guest recital are $10, cash or check at the door. For more information, call 206-685-8384 or visit the School of Music website.