MUSIC BEYOND BENEFIT CONCERT [#MBBC2016]
DATE: WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 7, 2016 at 7:30PM
VENUE: BROOKLYN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC [58 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217]
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BIOGRAPHIES OF THE ARTISTS
KAORI FUJII, flute
Born in Tokyo and currently residing in New York, Kaori Fujii has emerged as one of the leading imaginative and creative flutists ever to come out of the classical music world. From baroque to contemporary, it’s Kaori's distinctive sound and intensity of feeling that captivates concert audiences and CD-listeners alike.
She has released a total of 8 albums, including “Garota de Ipanema”, which was prenominated for the Grammy Awards and the Latin Grammy Awards (LARAS) under 8 categories. Kaori has performed with such renowned artists as Ennio Morricone (Composer / Conductor), Justus Frantz (Conductor), Albrecht Mayer (Oboist), Phillip Moll (Pianist), Stanislav Bunin (Pianist), Vienna Piano Quartet, Sinfonia Varsovia, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and Suk Chamber Music Orchestra, to name only a few.
In addition, she has graced the stage of leading concert halls, such as The John F. Kennedy Center (Washington D.C. – USA), Carnegie Hall (New York – USA), Alte Oper Frankfurt (Frankfurt – Germany), Liederhalle (Stuttgart – Germany), Teresa Carreno Theater (Caracas – Venezuela), Suntory Hall (Tokyo – Japan), and Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall (Tokyo – Japan).
Kaori took the first prize in the 7th Japan Woodwind Competition, in the 14th Japan Wind and Percussion Competition, and in the 67th Music Competition of Japan. She was the youngest winner in the history of these competitions. Kaori was also awarded the second prize in the 44th International Competition Maria Canals de Barcelona in Spain, and in the 10th International Flute Competition Friedrich Kuhlau in Germany.
A graduate of the Tokyo University of the Arts, and of the soloist class of the University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart, Kaori has studied extensively with Jean-Claude Gerard, Paul Meisen, Jeannie Baxtresser, Aurele Nicolet, Wolfgang Schulz, Sir James Galway and Akiko Mikami.
In 2014, Kaori has founded Music Beyond, Inc. – a nonprofit organization that trains musicians to become music teachers in developing countries. Currently, she frequently visits the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa to teach existing classical musicians.
DANIEL ANASTASIO, piano
Daniel Anastasio is a multi-faceted artist whose “finesse and prodigious talent” is imbued with an intellectual curiosity (Tyran Grillo, ECM reviews). Conducted by Leon Fleisher with the Ithaca College Chamber Orchestra, Mr. Anastasio’s performance of Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto was “the highlight to everyone’s ears, if the full-house standing ovation were any indication” (Grillo).
As chamber music has become a principal element in his musical life, he enjoys collaborations at an international level. He was most recently a guest with the principal winds of the San Antonio Symphony (Olmos Ensemble), and has performed with Musical Bridges around the World, Astral Artists, and at Cornell University’s Mayfest, an international chamber music festival led by Xak Bjerken and Miri Yampolsky. In addition, Mr. Anastasio has collaborated with acclaimed violinist Joseph Lin, flutist Carol Winenc, clarinetist Alan Kay, and percussionist Eduardo Leandro, among others.
A proponent of outreach, he is a member of Bridge Arts Ensemble, which offers performances and clinics at public schools in the greater New York area. Along with clarinetist Carina Canonico, Mr. Anastasio is a semi-finalist in The Art of Duo, an international chamber music competition in Boulder, CO that takes place in November. Mr. Anastasio is the pianist of Unheard-of, a Clarinet Trio ensemble dedicated to commissioning composers and premiering their works.
He has also been privileged to be a part of summer music festivals for over a decade, and has most recently attended Yellow Barn Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, and Kneisel Hall.
Mr. Anastasio earned his B.A. in both Music and Philosophy at Cornell University, studying with Xak Bjerken; he proceeded to earn a M.M. at Juilliard under Jerome Lowenthal, and currently studies with Gilbert Kalish and Christina Dahl at Stony Brook University, where he is finishing his Doctorate of Musical Arts.
ERIC CECIL, guitar
Guitarist Eric Cecil is an exceptional musician. His technical skills are matched by his expressiveness and lyricism. Starting with a concentration in blues, rock and jazz, he developed a profound interest in classical music. Subsequently, he extended his studies to classical and contemporary music repertoire, which has become his primary focus in music-making today. His dedication to classical music has made him a passionate and successful performer as a soloist and chamber musician.
At age 13, Eric began playing the steel string acoustic guitar, later moving onto electric, and then slide. When he was 20, Eric’s career took a fortuitous detour when he fell in love with the beauty of J.S. Bach’s music, and decided to challenge himself with his first formal classical music training. A Graduate of Manhattan School of Music for classical guitar, he has studied with Arthur Kampela, Michael Newman, and most recently with Marc Delpriora. He has emerged as a fine and sensitive guitarist who captivates audiences with his eclectic musicianship. He also appears as a duo with distinguished flutist Kaori Fujii.
Eric has performed with many contemporary artists, sharing the stage with guitar legend and inventor Les Paul, among others, and appearing at major jazz and blues venues in New York and in Chicago. Additionally, he has filmed and recorded at the Gibson Guitar Studios, all of which have been featured in the Who’s Who of Musicians from the world of blues, rock and jazz.
Years of intuitive playing, driven by a profound passion for blues and rock, combined with a classical sensibility, has produced an exceptionally rich and eclectic performer in Eric Cecil.