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Southwestern Professor Performs at Carnegie Hall

Pianist Kiyoshi Tamagawa, professor and chair of the Department of Music at Southwestern University, will perform in a chamber music concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City Dec. 8.

Pianist Kiyoshi Tamagawa, professor and chair of the Department of Music at Southwestern University, will perform in a chamber music concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City Dec. 8.

The concert resulted in part from a recital held at Southwestern in the spring of 2006 with Tamagawa and Evangeline Benedetti, New York Philharmonic cellist for 40 years. Tamagawa and Benedetti began discussing ways to perform together again. A recording of their 2006 performance was submitted to Mid-America Productions, a company that produces concerts in major halls in New York. They will produce the recital for Tamagawa and Benedetti, which will also include Stanley Drucker, first clarinetist of the Philharmonic, and Serena Benedetti, an operatic soprano.

The concert will be held in Weill Concert Hall in the Carnegie Hall complex. It will include works by Debussy, D’Indy, Previn and Schubert. The concert is being partly underwritten by a Cullen Faculty Development Grant from Southwestern.

Tamagawa obtained degrees in music from The University of Texas, Yale University and the Oberlin Conservatory. After teaching at UT for five years, he began teaching at Southwestern in 1994.

He is a past winner of the National Guild of Piano Teachers’ International Piano Recording Competition and has performed internationally numerous times as a soloist and collaborative pianist.