Taka Kigawa, Beethoven, piano sonatas, (le) Poisson Rouge, NYC, Japan, concert, recital, music, classical music

Taka Kigawa to Play Beethoven’s Late Piano Sonatas at (le) Poisson Rouge

Taka Kigawa Plays Beethoven—Late Piano Sonatas

Monday, August 26 at 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

(le) Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker Street (between Thompson and Sullivan Streets)

Admission: Table seating $25 in advance/$30 day of show;
Standing room $20 in advance/$25 day of show

Critically acclaimed concert pianist Taka Kigawa will present a solo recital at (le) Poisson Rouge, performing the late piano sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven.

This event will offer a rare opportunity to hear Beethoven’s last five piano sonatas in a single recital. Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas are part of Taka Kigawa’s staple repertoire, and he has performed them many times around the world. According to (le) Poisson Rouge, Beethoven’s late piano sonatas in particular are intimate, deeply personal, and some of his most ambitious pieces.

Program: Ludwig van Beethoven “The Late Piano Sonatas”

  • Sonata No. 28 in A minor, Op. 101
  • Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106 “Hammerklavier
  • Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109
  • Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110
  • Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111


In Kigawa’s rendering, the first movement, with its strong three-note motto, subsequently borrowed by the likes of Schubert and Mahler, sounded here like a pronouncement of great import which leads to an emotionally heated discussion finally resolved in sensibility and reason. And Kigawa took the second movement (actually several movements in one) crisply and saw it as far, far removed from the first. The dancing phrases were there and even that delightfully syncopated passage which seems to foretell the age of jazz.”

—Barry Cohen of New Music Connoisseur
On Kigawa’s performance of Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111


The city is buzzing about Kigawa’s recital: The New Yorker lists it in its “Goings on About Town” section, and Vulture named it #5 in its “11 Great Things to Do in New York” from August 21 through September 4.

A native of Nagano, Japan, Taka Kigawa received a Bachelor of Arts from Shinshu University and a Master of Arts from Tokyo Gakugei (Liberal Arts) University, graduating with honors in Piano Performance. He has performed extensively as a recitalist and soloist in New York, with appearances in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall; Washington, D.C.; Boston; Cleveland; Paris; Milan; and Barcelona.

His New York City recital in 2010 was chosen as one of the best concerts of the year by The New York Times, and his New York City recital in August 2011 was picked as one of the most notable concerts in the 2011-2012 season by Musical America. Kigawa’s solo recitals at (le) Poisson Rouge over the past several years have all been resounding successes, receiving unqualified critical acclaim from both audiences and critics. His August 2012 recital at LPR, in which he performed J.S. Bach’s The Art of Fugue entirely from memory, broke the attendance record in the solo recital genre, a record it holds to this day.

Read JCNYC’s review of Kigawa’s 2015 recital here.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit (le) Poisson Rouge’s website.