I am a pianist, harpsichordist, and music teacher based in Pennsylvania and New York. My highlighted performances include The Weill Recital Hall, Steinway Hall New York, Steinway Hall Tokyo, Yamaha Salon New York, Liszt Museum Weimar, etc.
“Given the depth of insight in her interpretation and the richness, color and expression that she commands, Kanako is highly acclaimed for her artistry”, as evidenced by numerous international awards and scholarships that have been bestowed to me.
I made my New York debut recital as a recipient of the Special Presentation Award from Artist International in 2009.
I am also an experienced and dedicated teacher. I have raised a lot of gifted students and they appreciate music. My students regularly appear at numerous public concerts, competitions, and auditions. Some of my students have gained acceptance to the prestigious music schools in the U.S. As an active member of Steinway Educational Partner, Music Teachers National Association, and Piano Teachers Congress of New York, I am continuing to expand my teaching career. I was awarded for “Excellence in Music Teaching” (2015-2022) from CFNY. I hold a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and Master of Music from the Yale School of Music.
When did you begin playing Piano, and why?
5 years old. My mother likes music.
What other instruments do you play, and what is your experience with them?
Harpsichord. I love Baroque music since I was a child. Historical performance practice has helped me to understand the music better.
What are your personal goals as a musician?
Continue playing music and sharing what I have learned in my music life to our next generation.
Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked? Something you’ll remember forever?
Can’t remember now.
What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) teachers?
“Good music comes from good heart.”
What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument
Sticking with my plan/schedule for practice.
What is your biggest musical achievement?
I do not know yet. Still in the process.
Favorite thing about teaching?
Seeing my students are playing the piano with big smile.
What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?
Learning music has a long process, so enjoy your journey!