Arts & Culture

UWF Department of Music presents Jasmin Arakawa, guest piano recital

The University of West Florida Department of Music presents Jasmin Arakawa in a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 6 in the Music Hall, located in the Center for Fine & Performing Arts, located in Building 82.

A charismatic and versatile pianist, Arakawa has performed in North America, Central and South America, Europe, China and Japan. Arakawa has been heard in prestigious venues worldwide, including Carnegie Hall, Salle Gaveau in Paris and Victoria Hall in Geneva. She has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Philips Symfonie Orkest in Amsterdam, Orquestra Sinfonica de Piracicaba in Brazil and several orchestras in her native Japan.

Her debut solo piano album, “Klavierabend” was released August 2016 on MSR Classics, featuring works of Haydn, Schumann and Scriabin. Arakawa has a special interest in Spanish repertoire, which grew out of a series of lessons with Alicia de Larrocha in 2004. As a prizewinner of the Competition in the Performance of Music from Spain and Latin America and under the sponsorship of the Spanish Embassy, she subsequently recorded solo and chamber pieces by Spanish and Latin American composers.

An advocate of new music, Arakawa has premiered and performed numerous contemporary works. Recently she has recorded the complete works of Witold Lutosławski for violin and piano with violinist Véronique Mathieu, to be released May 2017 on PARMA Recordings.

Arakawa is a graduate of Tokyo University of the Arts in Japan. She holds Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she studied with Emile Naoumoff, who was the last protégé of Nadia Boulanger. A devoted teacher, she has given master classes at China Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Conservatorio Nacional de Música in Peru, Instituto Baccarelli in Brazil, University of Manitoba in Canada and numerous universities in the United States. Arakawa currently serves as Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of South Alabama.

The recital on March 6 will feature works by J.S. Bach, Haydn, Chopin, Schumann and more.

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. For more information or to reserve tickets, please contact the CFPA Box Office at 850.857.6285.