The Copiah-Lincoln Community College’s Community Arts Aficionado Series will present pianist John O’Conor and violinist Akemi Takayama in concert on Tuesday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Rea Auditorium on the college’s Wesson Campus.
The O'Conor-Takayama Duo is a collaboration of world-renowned pianist John O'Conor and violinist Akemi Takayama. O’Conor has already completed the Beethoven Piano Sonatas and Concertos; and Akemi has toured and performed the Beethoven quartet cycles with the Audubon Quartet. With O'Conor's critically acclaimed Beethoven's interpretations and Takayama's experienced chamber music skill, they will present the 10 Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Violin as a dynamic and special feature.
Akemi Takayama appears internationally as a soloist and chamber music collaborator. As violinist for the Audubon Quartet she toured regularly. Her recordings with the quartet include four CDs, all available on the Centaur and Composers Recordings labels. She serves as associate professor at the Shenandoah University Conservatory of Music and concertmaster of both the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and the Williamsburg Symphonia in Virginia.
Born to musical parents in Tokyo, Japan, Takayama began her violin studies with her mother at the age of three. She has performed throughout Japan, France, and the U.S., including appearances with the Shinsei-Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Toho School of Music Orchestra, and on a "FM Recital" broadcast throughout Japan on NHK Radio. She also has performed with the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, the Yomiuri Philharmonic Orchestra, Music at Gretna, and with the New World Symphony Orchestra.
The Irish pianist John O'Conor has earned a worldwide reputation as a masterful interpreter of the Classic and early-Romantic repertoires.
Following initial studies in his native Dublin he studied in Vienna with the renowned pedagogue Dieter Weber, won First Prize at the Beethoven International Piano Competition in Vienna in 1973 and made a special study of Beethoven with the legendary German pianist Wilhelm Kempff.
Since then he has toured the world in recital and concerto appearances and makes regular visits to Europe, the USA, Japan, Korea and China.
Single performance tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for senior adults and students and will be available the night of the performance at the Co-Lin Business Office.
For more information about the Community Arts Series contact Dr. Jane Hulon at (601) 643-8312.