Cellist Angela Lee and pianist Peter Miyamoto join forces to perform the benchmark sonata of Benjamin Britten. Also on the program will be the rarely performed Romance in F Major and the Sonata for Cello and Piano by Richard Strauss, both of which were written in his teens. This is a rare opportunity to hear Peter Miyamoto, who grew up in San Francisco and currently resides in Missouri, where he is professor of piano at the University of Missouri.
Since cellist Angela Lee's Carnegie Hall debut in 1994, her "amazing finesse, control and coloration" [San Francisco Chronicle] and "astonishingly rich tone" [San Francisco Examiner] have been celebrated with recitals in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and Victor Borge Hall at Scandinavia House in New York, Chicago's Cultural Center, The Phillip's Collection and Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Copenhagen's Nationalmuseet and the Purcell Room at South Bank Centre in London. She has soloed with orchestras including the Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra, the San Francisco Concert Orchestra, the New Haven Symphony, the CAMS Orchestra, the Central Philharmonic Orchestra, the Paraiba Symphony, São Paulo State Orchestra, the Chautauqua Symphony and the Hertfordshire Chamber Orchestra (UK), performing works of Boccherini to Barber to Kernis. Her solo and chamber performances have taken her throughout North and South America, Australasia, Europe and Asia.
Ms. Lee is frequently invited to festivals including St. Petersburg's Revelations, IMS at Prussia Cove, Cagayan Valley International Music Festival, Taipei Summer Festival, Pontino Festival, La Musica, Banff, Marlboro Music Festival, Anneberg Festival, Chelsea Music Festival, Music Mountain and Mahler-Jihlava Festival, collaborating with the likes of Nobuko Imai, Bruno Giuranna, Frans Helmerson, Isabelle Faust, Lydia Artymiw, Andras Schiff, Alexander Lonquich, Anthony Newman, Franco Petracchi, the Hausmann Quartet and members of the Beaux Arts Trio and Guarneri Quartet. Angela is the recipient of the Ruth T. Brooks Achievement Award for Continued Excellence in the Arts, a grant from the Foundation for American Musicians in Europe, a Fulbright scholarship to study in London with William Pleeth, the Jury Prize in the Naumburg International Cello Competition, and a cello performance fellowship from The American-Scandinavian Foundation. Her cello is a 1762 Nicolo Gagliano from Naples.
Pianist Peter Miyamoto has enjoyed a brilliant international career, performing to great acclaim in recital and as soloist in Canada, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, China and Japan, and in major US cities such as Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington D.C. In 1990, Miyamoto was named the first Gilmore Young Artist. He won numerous other competitions, including the American Pianist Association National Fellowship Competition, the D'Angelo Competition, the San Francisco Symphony Competition and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Competition.
Mr. Miyamoto holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, Yale University School of Music, Michigan State University and the Royal Academy of Music in London. His teachers included Maria Curcio-Diamand, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Marek Jablonski, Aube Tzerko and Ralph Votapek, as well as Szymon Goldberg, Felix Galimir and Lorand Fenyves for chamber music. A dedicated chamber musician, he has collaborated with such musician as Charles Castleman, Joel Krosnick, Lara St. John, Anthony McGill, David Shifrin, Allan Vogel, singer Lucy Shelton and members of the Juilliard, Borromeo, Euclid and Pacific String Quartets.
The Catherine Paine Middlebush Chair of Piano at the University of Missouri, Peter formerly taught at Michigan State University and the California Institute of the Arts and has presented masterclasses worldwide. From 2003–2015 he served as head of the piano faculty at the New York Summer Music Festival and has served on the piano faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music's Young Artist Summer Program and the Curtis Mentor Network Program in Philadelphia.
Mr. Miyamoto's six solo CDs, available on the Blue-Griffin label, have received excellent reviews in periodicals such as Gramophone, International Record Review, Fanfare and American Record Guide and were recognized by the American Prize. He is also Executive Director of the Plowman Chamber Music Competition.
Senior Programs are made possible in part by generous contributions from the Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund, as well as many individual donors. We are grateful for their generous support.
Tuesday, January 9, 2024
1:00–2:00 PM | Doors open at 12:30 PM | Linger after the concert for a snack and beverage in the lobby.
The Nourish Cafe on campus is open for lunch before the concert.
Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall (Bldg F)
$15 tickets purchased online before January 1 | $25 after January 1 online and at the door.
Contact: Michelle Rosengaus | [email protected]