Setting Bach Free
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J.S. Bach, Well Tempered Clavier, Volume 1
Sunday, September 16, 2012 – 16:00 EDT (4PM)
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Kerrytown Concert House
415 N 4th Ave. Ann Arbor, MI 48104 +1 734-769-2999
The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, is a work for harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach, consisting of an aria and a set of 30 variations. First published in 1741, the work is considered to be one of the most important examples of variation form. The Variations are named after Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, who may have been the first performer.
Kimiko Ishizaka, the Open Goldberg Variations Pianist
Kimiko Ishizaka was the first of three child prodigies born to Junkichi and Ruth Ishizaka in Bonn, Germany. At the age of four, she began studying piano with her mother, who would continue to be her teacher until 1995. In 2000, she completed her performer’s diploma exam with Professor Roswitha Gediga-Glombitza at the Hochschule für Musik Köln with the highest available marks. Further studies included masterclasses with Prof. Peter Feuchtwanger, Prof. Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, the Alban Berg Quartet, and the Amadeus Quartet.
From the early age of five, Ishizaka distinguished herself as a soloist and as a chamber performer, especially in the context of the Ishizaka Trio, which consisted of her and her younger brothers. In its 16 year history, the Ishizaka Trio participated in many important festivals (Schleswig Holstein Musikfestival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Beethovenfest Bonn, Brauschweiger Kammermusikpodium, and the Rheingau Musikfestival), performed concerts in many countries (Japan, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium, the U.S.A.), and took prizes in many renowned competitions, including:
- The Menschenskinder prize from RTL (1995)
- The Vittorio Gui International Chamber Music Competition
- Three consecutive 1st prizes in the International Charles Hennen Competion in The Netherlands
- 1st Prize in the 1998 Deutscher Musikwettbewerb (German Music Competition)
Visit Kimiko Ishizaka’s official website for more information.
Kimiko has produced commercial compact disc recordings with the Rubato, Primavera and Ars Musica recording companies.