Pianoforte Passions

Pianoforte Passions
March 11, 2018 paperlesslion

Pro Musica of Detroit presents 13-year-old piano prodigy Naomi Yamaguchi, in concert March 16 at The Max. The virtuosic piano duo Yuki and Tomoko Mack also will perform in Pianoforte Passions, a stellar piano program, March 16, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The program includes selections by Scarlatti, Chopin, Dvorak, Grieg and a six-hands performance of Rossini’s Barber of Seville fantasie.

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Continuing its 91st concert season of presenting music at its finest, Pro Musica of Detroit is honored to present 13-year-old pianist Naomi Yamaguchi in a recital performance on Friday, March 16, at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in Detroit. Joining the 13-year-old prodigy in the “Pianoforte Passions” program are the Mack Sisters, Yuki and Tomoko Mack, a virtuosic piano duo.

The Pro Musica of Detroit program begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 16 in the Peter D. and Julie F. Cummings Cube in “The Max,” home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, in Detroit. The audience is invited to attend “Detroit’s most civilized afterglow” reception with the artists after the performance.

This Pro Musica concert will be long-remembered by those who appreciate classical piano performance. The program includes selections by Scarlatti, Chopin, Dvorak, Grieg and a six-hands performance of Rossini’s Barber of Seville fantasie.

Individual tickets are available online at www.dso.org, through Box Office at (313) 576-5111 and at the door. Individual concert tickets are $45 for Cabaret Seating and $25 for Theater Seating as well as a special $10 Student ticket price. All ticket levels include the afterglow reception. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Peter D. and Julie F. Cube in the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201. For more information online, please visit www.ProMusicaDetroit.com.

Naomi Yamaguchi

Hailed for her artistry and sophistication, 13-year-old Naomi Yamaguchi has delighted audiences around the world. Born in Rochester Hills, Michigan, she began playing piano at age four and won her first competition at the Albion College Piano Competition when she was 6. By age 7, she had played at Carnegie Hall – twice.

Ms. Yamaguchi received first place recognition as a composer with the National Federation of Music Clubs at age 8; made her orchestral debut with the Orchard Lake Philharmonic Symphony at age 9 and gave her first solo recital at age 10. She has won First Prizes in the Metropolitan Detroit Musicians League Young Artist Competition, Chopin Youth Piano Competition and National Federation of Music Composition Competition. Her composition was introduced at “An Evening with American Composers.” Naomi was the youngest winner of the James Tatum Foundation’s Millennium Arts Scholars and the youngest pianist to receive the Doreen Wessell Taylor Piano Award.

She also has won the International Russian Music Piano Competition in San Jose, California and the Grand Valley State University 20th/21st Century Piano Competition, the Ruth Laredo ”An Die Musik” Award from Tuesday Musicale of Detroit, and the 2016 Perugia, Italy “Rising Star” Festival. In 2017, she took first prize at the Kaufman International Competition and was named Young Artist of the Year for The Tuesday Musicale of Detroit.

Even though just beginning her teen-age years, Ms. Yamaguchi is recognized for her technical skill and an advanced understanding of music. She has performed her own compositions. She is continuing her education in the Boston, Massachusetts area.

The Mack Sisters

Japanese born pianists, Yuki and Tomoko Mack, have dazzled audiences on three continents. From Bach to Piazzolla, their diverse repertoire includes a broad range of four-hands piano music and orchestral works. After winning strong recognition as soloists, Yuki and Tomoko partnered to form the award-winning piano duo, “The Mack Sisters.” Together, they’ve won top prizes in several international competitions, including the “Dranoff International Two-Piano Competition” in Florida, and the “Ellis Two-Piano National Competition” in South Carolina. They’ve also received both the first and “Kodama” prizes at the “International Piano Duo Competition” in Tokyo. Most notably, in 2006 they were selected as Steinway Artists – joining an impressive roster of world renown pianists.

Currently, Yuki and Tomoko reside in Michigan. With their deep roots in the musical community, they’ve established themselves as highly sought after educators and performing artists.

Ashu to Perform May 4

The season concludes on Friday, May 4, 2018, with concert saxophonist Ashu who has established an extraordinary ability to communicate with audiences around the world through his charismatic and emotive performance style. He is considered one of today’s most engaging and pioneering musicians. With the unique ability to captivate general as well as classical audiences, Ashu has shown that the concert saxophone can reach beyond stylistic categorization and to a large diversity of people. He has repeatedly defied conventions by winning major international awards and competitions traditionally won by pianists and violinists. While his virtuosity continues to thrill listeners, his artistry reaches far beyond this demonstrating a unique personality and musical voice. He has also shown it can attract younger and new listeners into the concert hall being a relatively fresh instrument to classical audiences. Born and raised in California, the 26-year-old began playing the saxophone at age 10. After just a few years, he began entering competitions and found himself receiving a wide range of opportunities, including his recital debut, which took place at Carnegie Hall. Since then, solo performances have taken him throughout the world. Critics have described him as “just as much fun to watch as to listen to” (Dallas Morning News) and “ready to cultivate the masses” (Chicago Tribune).

About Pro Musica of Detroit        

The Pro Musica experience represents a unique part of Detroit’s cultural heritage connecting audiences directly with musicians since 1928. With the intimate venue of The Cube, audience members are able to sit in cabaret style seating that is in close proximity to the performer. Also unique to Pro Musica is that artists are encouraged to speak directly to the audience about the works and composers they are performing. Afterwards, audience members enjoy the opportunity to mingle with the artists and other audience members at an Afterglow reception.

Now in its 91st season, Pro Musica of Detroit is the city’s oldest presenter of chamber music. Past artists have included some of the most well-known names in chamber music including composers Béla Bartók, Maurice Ravel, Aaron Copland, and Michael Daugherty. Pro Musica’s roster of performing artists includes Joshua Bell, Jessye Norman, Amit Peled, Benjamin Grosvenor, as well as Michigan’s own emerging classical stars Ivan Moshchuk and New Music Detroit. The mission of Pro Musica of Detroit is to present to its members works that are rarely or infrequently heard–contemporary as well as classical. Pro Musica of Detroit is a 501(c)(3) Organization. For more information, please visit www.promusicadetroit.com.

The photos of the artists above includes an amazing image of the interior of a Steinway grand piano created by photographer David Yost.


“The best photo of a piano ever made.”
— Henry Z. Steinway