Naomi Yamaguchi & The Mack Sisters
Friday, March 16th, 2018
Naomi Yamaguchi is 13 years old and began playing piano at age four and won her first competition at the Albion College Piano Competition when she was six. 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 has performed twice at Carnegie Hall.
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.
Friday, May 4th, 2018
“Ashu’s clear pleasure in performing was infectious…he turned on the showmanship, darting his body left and right to the music, beseeching the heavens with tear-bright eyes and emoting like a pro…Ashu milked every last drop of feeling out of the music. There was never any doubt about his remarkable virtuosity or his easy, natural sense of phrasing, both displayed to perfection.” Washington Post