A Special Master Class & Recital
Asako Kuboki, violin & Naoki Hakutani, piano
October 7th, 2009
Master Class - 12:00pm, Recital - 7:30pm
Asako Kuboki, Violin
American-born Asako Kuboki began her violin studies at the age of five in Japan. She went on to study in the United States at the Peabody Conservatory, with principal teachers Sylvia Rosenberg and Victor Danchenko, and eventually received both her Bachelor and Masters of Music degrees from there. Prior to joining the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, in 2001, Ms. Kuboki performed extensively with the New Horizon Chamber Ensemble, in Baltimore, a contemporary music group that worked in collaboration with composers, poets, and visual artists. Her musical career has taken her to Europe, Central America, Asia, and throughout the U.S. playing chamber music. As an orchestral player, she has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, and the Key West Symphony Orchestra. She has participated in the Aspen Music Festival and School, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Credomatic International Music Festival in Costa Rica, the Amerian Institute for Musical Studies in Austria, and the Pacific Music Festival in her hometown, Sapporo, Japan. In recent years Ms. Kuboki has been performing with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony.
Naoki Hakutani, Piano
Originally from Kent, Ohio, pianist Naoki Hakutani has recently been appointed as Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano at The University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He teaches Applied Piano as well as directing Class Piano studies. Hakutani received degrees from Northwestern University and Indiana University in Bloomington prior to receiving the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he served as a Teaching Assistant in the Piano Department. He was a prizewinner of the Young Texas Artists Competition in 2001 and is the pianist of the Auberon Trio, which in 2005 received Second Prize at the WRR Chamber Music Competition in Dallas, Texas. He has performed as a soloist and collaborator across the United States as well as Mexico, Japan and Taiwan. This past summer included a performance with the Korea Sinfonietta in Seoul as well as a lecture performance on the music of Liszt at the Seoul National University of Education.