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Christine Yoshikawa Phoenix, Arizona
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Name:   Christine Yoshikawa
Phone:   (480) 884-0738
Email:   christine_yoshikawa@postmaster.co.uk
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Last Update:    2011-07-03 13:37:55
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One of Canada's dynamic young concert artists, Christine Mari Yoshikawa has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras throughout her native Canada, the U.S., Europe, and Asia, including the London Westminster Philharmonic (U.K.), Pazardjik National Symphony of Bulgaria, Orchestre Philharmonie d'Avignon France, Sydney Chamber Players, Kammerorchester Dusseldorf (Germany), Olympia Symphony, Tokyo Youth Symphony and Nagoya Gakuen Philharmonic (Japan). At the age of 26, her concert career has taken her to cities such as New York, Boston, Chicago, South Bend, Phoenix, Los Angeles, London, Madrid, Paris, Munich, Saarbrucken, Prague, Sofia, and Tokyo.

A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Christine began her piano studies at the age of 2 with her mother. After making her first stage debut at the age of 3, she won the grand prize at the Canadian National Music Competitions in Quebec City at age 6, engaging her a performance at the historic Salle Octave-Cremazie (Grand Theatre de Quebec) in 1981. Subsequently she was invited to perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Tokyo Meguro Philharmonic at the age of 9.

In Paris, her teachers include Jean-Luc Pelletier and Zhanna Woldanski, and by the age of 10, she won her first gold medal and diplomas with first class honors from the Western Board of Music. In 1994, she was awarded a full scholarship to study with distinguished pianist/professor, Gyorgy Sebok of Indiana University Bloomington, at the Banff Center of the Performing Arts. She holds two degrees in Piano Performance with Distinction Honors: a Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria where she studied with Arthur Rowe, and a Master of Music from the University of British Columbia where she studied with Jane Coop.

She is the winner of numerous national and international competitions and grants, including the prestigious 2003 P.E.O. National Doctoral Scholar Award, a generous Doctoral research fellowship awarded from over 600 nominations from universities across Canada and the United States. Other major national grants and fellows include the 2000 Charter Fellow from Indiana University South Bend, the 2000, 2001 and 2002 Katherine K. Herberger College of Fine Arts Graduate Student Enrichment Grant from Arizona State University, the British Columbia Arts Council Grant from the Government of Canada, Grand prizes in the Ehrhart International Piano Competition, Concours de Musique du Canada, Kiwanis, and Young Concert Artists' Guild International Competition, the 1998 Concert Laureate from the Kromeriz Czech Republic Conservatory International Piano Festival, and the 1993 President's Scholar Award.

Currently residing in the United States, she is a Doctor of Musical Arts Candidate at Arizona State University where she is a Regent Scholar, studying with renowned American pianist Robert Hamilton. She maintains an active performance and teaching schedule. Highlights this past season have included her solo debut in Spain, a guest recital appearance at the 2002 Steinway Festival in Gainesville (FL), performances of concerti by Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Beethoven and Albright with orchestras in South Bend (IN), Fort Nelson, New Westminster, Penticton and London. Upcoming engagements include concerts in Canada, U.K. and Italy in performances of concerti by Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Schumann, a world premiere in Glasgow, Scotland in a performance of Andrew Albright's Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra with the Kensington Concertante Chamber Orchestra (U.K.), performances of Mendelsshon's Sextet with London's Baughan String Quartet and Double Bassist Jonathan Balzar in the UK, Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela, and concerts in Oslo, Norway with Canadian Tenor, James McInnes. She is a member of the Cassals Piano Trio, with upcoming engagements in Canada, U.S. and Japan. Her performance is archived at the Canadian Music Center Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and Vancouver, and her concerts are broadcast on national radio across Canada.

Ms. Yoshikawa is a member of the BCRMTA (Canada), and MTNA (USA), and is an active festival adjudicator and examiner. She has maintained a private piano studio for 9 years in her native Vancouver, and has served on faculty as a piano teaching assistant at the University of British Columbia School of Music (1996-1998) and at Arizona State University School of Music (1998-2001).

Interested intermediate/advanced pianists in the Phoenix area may contact Ms. Yoshikawa at christine_yoshikawa@postmaster.co.uk, or by leaving a voicemail at (480)884-0738 to schedule an appointment.

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