Cellist Shinko Hanaoka to Perform at the Japanese Consulate’s Next “Friday Night Live”

Friday Night Live: Shinko Hanaoka

Friday, March 19 from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. EDT

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Admission: Free

The Consulate General of Japan in New York continues its Friday Night Live concert series on Friday, March 19 with a live performance by cellist Shinko Hanaoka. Pianist Reiko Uchida will accompany her. RSVP on the Consulate’s Facebook event page.


Unaccompanied Cello Suite BWV 1007 in G major by J.S. Bach

Sonata for Cello and Piano Opus 69 in A major by Beethoven

About Shinko Hanaoka

Cellist Shinko Hanaoka has performed worldwide as soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra player. During her time as a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra cello section in London from 2002 until 2016, she performed in more than 35 countries. In addition to the usual London venues of the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, and the Barbican Centre, she regularly appeared in prestigious halls such as the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Berliner Philharmonic in Berlin, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Great Hall at Tonhalle in Zurich, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and the Beijing Concert Hall in Beijing.

She has also worked with the BBC Symphony Orchestra on regular basis and has been invited as a guest principal cellist in the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Northern Sinfonia. She was appointed as a member of the special faculty at the Maestro-ra Music Academy in Tokyo in 2010 and continues to provide masterclasses and lessons there. In addition, Hanaoka regularly holds classes and private lessons at The Nippon Club in New York.

Born in Tokyo, Hanaoka had her music education at Toho Gakuen School of Music in Japan, Illinois State University in the US, and Royal College of Music and Royal Academy of Music with Distinction in the UK. Her teachers include Mari Fujiwara, Ko Iwasaki, Nobuko Yamazaki, William Pleeth, Colin Carr, Steven Isserlis, Janos Starker, Anner Bylsma, and Philippe Muller.

About Reiko Uchida

Pianist Reiko Uchida enjoys an active career as a soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Santa Fe Symphony, Greenwich Symphony, and the Princeton Symphony, among others. She has performed at Suntory Hall, David Geffen Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the White House; in the Marlboro, Santa Fe, Tanglewood, and Spoleto Music Festivals; as guest artist with Borromeo, Formosa, St. Lawrence and Tokyo Quartets; and in recital with Thomas Meglioranza, Jennifer Koh, Anne Akiko Meyers, and Jaime Laredo.

String Poetic, her recording with Jennifer Koh, was nominated for a Grammy Award. She is a current member of the ARK Trio and Camera Lucida and was a past member of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two. As a youngster, she appeared twice on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

Uchida holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, Mannes College of Music, and the Juilliard School. She is an associate faculty member at Columbia University.