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This project is funded by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 01/21/2016 at Symphony Space.

4 Impromptus, D. 899 (1827) by Franz Schubert 
No. 1 in C minor
No. 2 in E-flat major
No. 3 in G-flat major
No. 4 in A-flat major

Jeux d'eau (1901) by Maurice Ravel

Sonata no. 6 in A major, op. 82 (1940) by Sergei Prokofiev

"The White Peacock" from Roman Sketches (1915) by Charles Griffes

"Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues" from Four North American Ballads (1979) by Frederic Rzewski

+ About the Artists

Known for combining artistry and creativity in her performances, Azusa Ueno has made concert appearances in New York City (Steinway Hall, The World Financial Center, Trinity Church of Wall Street, The Harvard Club of New York City), Los Angeles, Connecticut, New Jersey, and internationally in Japan and the Czech Republic. She has won numerous awards including top prizes in the Miecyslaw Munz Competition, Hartford Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, and the Juilliard Gina Bachauer Competition. She was also the recipient of the Jepheson Educational Trust and Doctoral Teaching Fellowships at the Manhattan School of Music.

Azusa received her doctoral degree from Manhattan School of Music in May 2015, where her dissertation was a psycho-biography that explored the music of American composer Charles Tomlinson Griffes. She has studied at the Juilliard School and holds a degree in social psychology from Yale University. Her teachers have included the late Zenon Fishbein and Herbert Stessin.

In June 2014, Azusa was sponsored by the Embassy of Japan to perform for the Japanese Ambassador at the National Opera Ball in Washington, DC. A sought-after lecturer, she has also presented on the works of Charles Griffes at Manhattan School of Music, Steinway Piano Gallery in Westport, Connecticut and at the Clemens Center in Elmira, New York in 2015.

An avid collaborative pianist, Azusa has performed the complete Schubert song cycles. She was also appointed Assistant Music Director of a contemporary chamber opera, A Certain Quiet by Haim Elisha, that received 12 successful performances at NYC's Theater for the New City in May 2015.

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