Yoko Reikano Kimura Shamisen Recital at National Opera Center America



Yoko Reikano Kimura, shamisen, recital, Japan, NYC, Duo YUMENO, Hikaru Tamaki, Taka Kigawa, National Opera Center America
Photo credit: George Hirose

Yoko Reikano Kimura Shamisen Recital

Sunday, January 8 at 7:00 p.m.

The National Opera Center America, Marc A. Scorca Hall – 330 7th Avenue (between 28th and 29th Streets)

Admission: $25 in advance/$30 at the door/$10 seniors and students

Acclaimed koto and shamisen player Yoko Reikano Kimura, whose wide-ranging repertoire features classical music and improvisational pieces, will perform a shamisen recital at the National Opera Center America.

A graduate of the Tokyo University of the Arts, Kimura also studied at the NHK School for Young Professionals and the Institute of Traditional Japanese Music. Her teachers include Kono Kameyama, Akiko Nishigata, and Living National Treasure Senko Yamabiko. The won the Japanese music audition for NHK radio, and was the recipient of the First Prize at the prestigious Kenjun Memorial National Koto Competition and the Great Wall International Music Competition.

Kimura performed Kin’ichi Nakanoshima’s Shamisen Concedrto at the National Olympic Memorial Center in 2004; at Asia Society Texas Center with Aperio, a Houston-based chamber ensemble in 2015; and with the American Symphony Orchestra in Pietro Mascagni’s opera Iris in 2016.

Kimura is co-founder of Duo YUMENO with cellist Hikaru Tamaki. The duo received the Chamber Music America Commissioning Award in 2014 and the Kyoto Aoyama Barock Saal Award in 2015. Tamaki will be a special guest at Kimura’s shamisen recital, along with pianist Taka Kigawa.

The concert is presented under the auspices of IMJS: Japanese Cultural Heritage Initiatives at Columbia University and Hogaku Journal.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Kimura’s BrownPaperTickets site.