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Pianist Ryo Yanagitani opens 2013 with Jan. 10 concert

December 21, 2012

Doctor of Musical Arts recital includes music of Handel, Debussy, Chopin, and more

The Yale School of Music presents a Doctor of Musical Arts recital featuring pianist Ryo Yanagitani on Thursday, January 10, 2013.

The gold medal medal winner of the prestigious San Antonio International Piano Competition in 2009, Yanagitani will play a program featuring music from the Baroque to today. The concert begins at 8 pm at Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven.

Yanagitani will open the program with Handel‘s Keyboard Suite No. 3 in D minor, HWV 428, followed by Debussy‘s suite Pour le Piano. The first half closes with the evocative Butterflies and Bobcats by the contemporary Canadian composer David L. McIntyre.

The recital concludes with Chopin‘s popular and virtuosic Ballades, a set of four pieces that earned Yanagitani a special prize in the San Antonio Competition.

The concert begins at 8 pm at Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. The Doctor of Musical Arts degree (DMA) is the highest degree awarded by the School of Music.

For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu.

About the Performer

Ryo Yanagitani has distinguished himself as one of Canada’s most promising young concert artists. In addition to winning the gold medal at the 10th San Antonio International Piano Competition, he is the grand prize winner of the Hugo Kauder International Piano Competition and a laureate of the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition, the Dr. Luis Sigall International Piano Competition in Vina del Mar (Chile), and the Hilton Head International Piano Competition. Ryo has made concerto appearances with the Vancouver, Edmonton, Hartford, and Moroccan Symphony Orchestras, the Montreal Metropolitan and Minnesota Orchestras, and the San Antonio Symphony. With cellist Jacques Lee Wood, he is part of Duo Chrysalis, which has toured the United States and Korea. Ryo has received two Emerging Artist grants from the Canadian Arts Council and the Arthur Foote Scholarship from the Harvard Musical Association. He was also recently awarded the Sony Foundation of America Career Grant through the Salon de Virtuosi. He has recently released two solo CDs of works by Chopin and Debussy, as well as a CD in collaboration with the cellist Dai Miyata.

Ryo Yanagitani received his Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music under Boris Berman, a bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia under Doctor Henri-Paul Sicsic, and an Artist Diploma from the Cleveland Institute under Sergei Babayan. Ryo was a visiting Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver for 2011–2012. In March 2013, he will take the post of artist-in-residence for the S&R Foundation of Washington, D.C., and will be artistic director of the Overture concert series at the Evermay Mansion in Georgetown.

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