7:30 p.m. (free admission)
A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall
School of Music
10th St. & College Hill
Peter Eötvös, Kosmos
Pëteris Vasks, In Memoriam
Conlon Nancarrow, Tango?
Ross Bauer, Split Infinitives
, NewMusic@ECU Festival Commission
Igor Stravinsky, Sacre du Printemps
The Gold Medalist of the 2006 International Russian Music Piano Competition, Yukiko Sekino is a pianist of versatility and wide-ranging interests. Her playing has been praised as “thrilling, inspirational” by Florida Sun-Sentinel and noted for “elegance of line, leaping energy” by San Jose Mercury News. Since making her debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at age sixteen, she has appeared as a soloist with orchestras including the New World Symphony, Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, Lakeside Symphony, Nova Vista Symphony, and Suburban Symphony.
Performing the Rachmaninoff Piano Concert No. 3 during the final round of the International Russian Music Piano Competition, Ms. Sekino was awarded, through audience vote, the Public Prize in addition to the first prize. Other competition successes include those at the Japanese-American Association of New York Competition, MTNA National Yamaha Competition, and concerto competitions at SUNY Stony Brook, New World Symphony, and Harvard University. Ms. Sekino also received an Emerging Artist Grant from St. Botolph Club Foundation and the Jackson Prize from Tanglewood Music Center.
An active recitalist, Ms. Sekino performed on the Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago during the summer of 2009, with a live broadcast on WFMT radio. She also returned to her native Japan, performing for the 15th Anniversary of Symphony Garden Hall in the city of Sakaiminato, Tottori-ken. During the 2009/10 season, Ms. Sekino appeared in recital in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and North Carolina.
As a chamber musician, Ms. Sekino has been invited to Tanglewood, Kneisel Hall, Music Academy of the West, and Thy (Denmark) festivals. She served as the resident pianist of New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas during 2005 – 2008, performing in numerous chamber music and orchestral concerts. Her interest in new music has led to premieres of several works in New York, Miami, and at Tanglewood, and she has performed some of the most challenging works by Xenakis, Nancarrow, and Ligeti.
Ms. Sekino is a graduate of Harvard University and the Juilliard School, and holds a doctoral degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her teachers include Gilbert Kalish, Seymour Lipkin, Robert Levin, and Eda Shlyam. Ms. Sekino was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Colby College during the 2008/2009 academic year, and currently resides in Boston
enjoys an active career as a solo recitalist and chamber musician in the United States and abroad, in recent seasons having performed at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Steinway Hall, Bennett-Gordon Hall at Ravinia Park, and Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria in Santander, Spain. She has participated in festivals such as Ravinia, Norfolk, Yellow Barn, and Four Seasons in the United States and Kuhmo, Encuentro de Música y Academia de Santander, La Gesse, and Pontino in Europe.
In 2006, Sekino was one of four pianists invited to participate in the Carnegie Hall Professional Workshop with Thomas Quasthoff. As a duo with soprano Awet Andemicael, she worked with baritone Thomas Quasthoff and pianist Justus Zeyen on Lieder by Schubert, Wolf, and Strauss in public masterclasses and was presented in a recital at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. An accomplished chamber musician, Sekino has shared the stage with violinists Ana Chumachenko and MinJung Kang, and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Daedalus Quartet, Enso Quartet, Peabody Trio, and the Los Angeles Piano Quartet.
A 2001 Presser Music Award recipient, Sekino has also received an artistic fellowship from the La Gesse Foundation, and in 2005 and 2006, grants from the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation to pursue further studies in Italy and France. She has won first prizes in the Yale Friends of Music Recital Competition and the Commonwealth Competition for Young Pianists. Other competition successes include those at the MTNA Yamaha Competition and the East Connecticut Symphony Competition.
From 2004 to 2006, Sekino served as a pianist for the Tanglewood Festival Chorus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In this capacity, she worked with conductors John Oliver, James Levine, and Keith Lockhart on symphonic, operatic, and choral repertoire. A compelling performer of contemporary music, she has worked with composers Sofia Gubaidulina, Joan Tower, Mario Davidovsky, and Jake Heggie.
Sekino completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and holds additional degrees from Yale University in economics and music. Among her teachers are Peter Frankl and Robert McDonald. She joined the piano faculty of the East Carolina University School of Music, Greenville, North Carolina, in 2006.