A Trip Around the World: Music for Two Pianos

RASA VITKAUSKAITE, Piano

SHIZUE SANO, Piano

Friday, October 7
7:30-8:30 pm

M. Steinert & Sons
The Natick Mall
1245 Worcester Street – Route 9
Natick, Mass.

Award-winning pianists Rasa Vitkauskaite and Shizue Sano present an evening of music for two pianos. Included on the program are Mozart’s legendary Piano Concerto in D Minor, K. 466 as well as two rarely heard works for two pianos: selections from Japanese composer Roh Ogura’s Dance Suite, and three passionate Romances by Argentinean composer Carlos Guastavino. The pianists will also present interesting historical introductions to each work on the program making it an exciting evening for all!

Admission to this concert is free, but seating is limited. Please reserve your place by visiting here or by calling (508) 655-7373.

PROGRAM

Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Allegro

Romanze

Allegro assai

Dance Suite

Roh Ogura (1916-1990)

Allegro

Allegro ritmico

Tres Romances Argentinos

Carlos Guastavino (1912-2000)

Las Niñas de Santa Fe (The Girls of Santa Fe)

Muchacho Jujeño (A Boy from Jujuy Province)

Baile en Cuyo (Dancing in Cuyo)

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Rasa Vitkauskaite, Piano

Hailed for “artistry of poetic and observant sensitivity” (Gramophone), internationally acclaimed pianist Rasa Vitkauskaite released her debut solo CD Reflections on Ongaku Records in 2014, featuring works by Beethoven, Ravel, Guastavino and Liebermann. Fanfare Magazine highlighted the release on its cover, praising her “scintillating pianism” and dubbing her “a Beethoven interpreter of penetrating insight.” 

Winner of the Grand Prix at the Mendelssohn Cup Piano Competition in Italy, Rasa Vitkauskaite has won top prizes at numerous prestigious international piano competitions including First Prizes at Les Rencontres Internationales des Jeunes Pianistes (Belgium), the competition in Taurisano (Italy), and the Rubinstein Piano Competition (Paris). In 2007, Rasa won a Kathryn Wasserman Davis $10,000 grant that supported her concert tour in Israel. Recently, she was awarded the Westmont Fellowship at the Montecito International Music Festival in Santa Barbara, California.   

Ms. Vitkauskaite has performed as soloist with the Kaunas, Latvian, Kaliningrad Philharmonic Orchestras, I Solisti di Perugia, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and the Boston Conservatory Orchestra. Her most recent concert engagements include performances at festivals in China, South Korea, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Hungary, and the United States. She also performs regularly with world-renowned clarinetist Jonathan Cohler. The duo recorded three CDs – Rhapsodie FrançaiseRomanza and American Tribute

In addition to her active performing career, Ms. Vitkauskaite is a dedicated teacher and adjudicator. She has many students both at the Concord Conservatory of Music, where she is on the faculty, and in her private studio. She is also the piano faculty at Youth & Muse International Summer Music Festival at the Boston Conservatory. Ms. Vitkauskaite frequently serves as a judge for Massachusetts Music Teachers Association events. Recently, she also judged the Steinway Society Piano Competition. 

Ms. Vitkauskaite is the pianist of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.

Shizue Sano, Piano

Shizue Sano has been active in solo, chamber music, and orchestral music for many years nationally and internationally. She enjoys sharing her music and connecting with the audience very much. It is her ultimate goal to bring happiness to them and uplift their spirit. She is a firm believer in the healing power of music.

She has given many performances locally and across the United States, and in Japan, Belgium, and Poland, either as the featured soloist with major orchestras or as the pianist in many major 20th Century orchestral repertoires.

Shizue has recorded B minor Sonata by Liszt and Le Tombeau de Couperin by Ravel for Pavane Record, and Chopin’s complete Preludes for Japan Victor. Shizue’s performance of Bach Partita No. 5 in D Major is now a part of the music library at Musopen.org.  Her chamber music recordings include Ravel’s Violin Sonata with Roman Totenberg, and Copland’s unpublished cello pieces with Terry King.

Shizue is one of the co-founders of Cambridge Music Consortium in Cambridge, MA, where she has a studio, teaching students of any age and level to spread the joy of music. She also teaches piano at Middlesex School in Concord, MA.  Born in Japan and a native speaker of Japanese, she has been a teacher in the kindergarten section of the Japanese Language School of Greater Boston for many years.

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