*Pre-concert talk at 7:30
|Felix Mendelssohn||Hebrides Overture, Op. 26|
|Camille Saint-Saëns||Piano Concerto No. 2|
|Tamami Honma, piano|
|Igor Stravinsky||Petrushka (1947)|
(Age 62 and Over): $18
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Tamami Honma has consistently received high praise and accolades for her work internationally as performing and recording artist and collaborative pianist.
After her formative years in the US during which she had won many national and international competitions, Tamami studied in New York City with the legendary Byron Janis - himself a student of Vladimir Horowitz and the Lhevinnes (Martin Scorcese is creating a film about him in the near future).
Tamami's appearances in many of the world's great musical institutions has attracted notable acclaim, from the Bolshoi Hall in Moscow (as soloist with the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra) to Carnegie Hall in New York ('An eloquent, powerful performance' - New York Times) and the Wigmore Hall in London (‘an interpretation [of the Goldberg Variations] that was probably as transparent and faithful to Bach as it's possible to be on a modern piano' - Music and Vision).
Tamami has made numerous radio and television broadcasts in Europe and the US in partnership with leading orchestras and quartets, and participated in many major music festivals such as the Aldeburgh Festival and the Warsaw Autumn Festival. She regularly gives masterclasses and presentations in conservatories and appears on juries of competitions at home and abroad. Tamami's wide-ranging commercial CD recordings of composers from Mozart and Chopin to Stravinsky, McCabe and Rawsthorne, to name a few, have won high accolades.
A believer in the community spirit, besides being the resident pianist/coach for the local opera company and rehearsalist for the 150-piece San Jose Symphonic Choir, she also donates time to be on several boards for charitable and non-profit organizations including serving as president of the Saratoga Education Foundation (SEF), an organization that ensures music and art as well as other subjects not currently supported by the local government remain an integral part of the education system. Tamami was also recipient of the Medal of the Order of the Grand Duke Gediminas of Lithuania for her goodwill efforts in promoting Lithuainian art and music in the UK, US and Japan, a cultural trend that helped the country achieve greater independence from Soviet influence prior to its entrance into the European Union.