Event Date and Time: Saturday, April 18, 2015, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30 pm)
Virtuoso pianist Mayumi Tsuchida, 23, will perform on Saturday April 18 at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild's Kleinert/James Center for the Arts. Her performance kicks off Byrdcliffe's 2015 season of musical programming, which includes Elisha Abas, Warren Bernhardt, Akiko Kamigawara, Hiroko Sakurazawa, Happy Traum, Leo Treitler, and others.
Born in Japan, Tsuchida came to the US in 1996 and is now a Hudson Valley resident. She began playing piano at the age of 3, gave her first solo concert when she was 7, and has been on an upward trajectory ever since. Her performances have taken her to Asia, South America, and Europe as both a soloist and a chamber musician. Tsuchida made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2008, playing with the Luna Trio on the popular PBS television show From the Top, which showcases America's most talented young musicians. She has participated in master classes and worked with world-class pianists Richard Goode, Menahem Pressler, Peter Serkin, and Andre Watts.
Tsuchida's festival appearances include the Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland, the International Holland Music Sessions, the Euro Music Festival in Germany, Yellowbarn Music Festival (YAP), Music@Menlo (Young Performers Program), and the Spaincellence Music Festival in Avila, Spain, where she won the Piano Award. She has won competitions including the Music Teachers' Association of California, the San Francisco Young Pianists' Competition, the Ross McKee Foundation Piano Competition, the University of the Pacific Piano Competition, the San Francisco Chopin Competition for Young Pianists, the TYS Television Network Piano Competition in Japan, and the Sanyo Piano Competition, also in Japan.
Tsuchida's performance at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts will include selections from J.S. Bach, Joseph Haydn, Béla Bartok, and Claude Debussy, in addition to her signature piece: Robert Schumann's Fantasy in C Major, Opus 17. A video of Tsuchida performing this piece at the age of 16, available on YouTube, reveals a pianist with the maturity of Mitsuko Uchida and the grace of Alfred Brendel. She will play on the K/J's historical Steinway B, while the exhibition Influence, curated by Oliver Wasow, is installed in the gallery.
Doors open at 7:30 pm on April 18, with Tsuchida's performance at 8:00 pm. Tickets: $20 general admission and $18 for Byrdcliffe members - please buy them at the door!