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March 21, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab



Gold medal pianist Sekino visits SRU       


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Yukiko Sekino, the 2006 International Russian Music Piano Competition Gold Medalist, will offer a piano recital at 7:30 p.m., March 30 in Swope Music Hall.

           Sekino is recognized as a pianist of versatility and wide-ranging interests.

           Since making her debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at age 16, Sekino has appeared as a soloist with orchestras, including the New World Symphony, Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, Lakeside Symphony, Nova Vista Symphony, and Suburban Symphony.

Performing the Rachmaninoff Piano Concert No. 3 during the final round of the International Russian Music Piano Competition, she was awarded, through audience vote, the Public Prize in addition to first prize.

Other competition successes include those at the Japanese-American Association of New York Competition, MTNA National Yamaha Competition and concerto competitions at New World Symphony, Harvard University and SUNY Stony Brook. She is a recipient of the S&R Washington Award, Jackson Prize at Tanglewood Music Center and an Emerging Artist Award from St. Botolph Club Foundation.

During the 2010/11 concert season, Sekino's recital engagements included a return performance at the Dame Myra Hess Concerts in Chicago and the Concerts at One series at Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City. She also appeared as a soloist in Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra in Massachusetts.

Sekino won the 2011 Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition and throughout the coming two years, will tour as a Mu Phi Epsilon Concert Artist, giving recital and concerto performances.

An avid chamber musician, Sekino has been invited to Tanglewood, Kneisel Hall, Music Academy of the West and Thy (Denmark) festivals. She was a resident pianist of New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas during 2005-2008, performing in numerous chamber music and orchestral concerts.

Having a significant interest in new music, she has premiered several chamber works in New York, Boston, Miami, and at Tanglewood.

She is a graduate of Harvard University and the Juilliard School and holds a doctoral degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook. She was a visiting assistant professor at Colby College during the 2008-09 academic year and is now keyboard area head at University of Massachusetts - Lowell and is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School.

           Mu Phi Epsilon, SRU’s music honorary, is sponsoring the event.


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