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Ken Iisaka

Ken Iisaka is a pianist, a software engineer, and bon vivant living in Foster City.

Articles by this Author

Recital Review
September 23, 2019

The great pianist matched style to material in a series of impromptus before scaling the mountain of Brahms’s Op. 1.

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Chamber Music Review
August 27, 2019

Pianists Jeffrey LaDeur, Albert Kim, and Daria Rabotkina share an evening with the Alexander Quartet, bassist Scott Pingel, and mezzo Kindra Scharich.

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Recital Review
July 2, 2019

Seven finalists competed for one of classical music’s most famous prizes.

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Recital Review
May 27, 2019

The virtuoso evoked vintage keyboards of all sorts without changing instruments.

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Recital Review
April 2, 2019

Making the difficult seem easy is what the pianist does best, as his Davies Hall recital demonstrated.

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Recital Review
April 2, 2019

Juxtaposing the composer’s early and late styles made for effective contrasts as well as interesting interpretive choices.

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Recital Review
March 16, 2019

The British pianist wows with elegant restraint at the Steinway Society.

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Chamber Music Review
February 18, 2019

The venerable pianist makes the most of his left-hand repertoire.

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Recital Review
February 12, 2019

Even in his smaller-scale piano works, the composer looms large.

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Recital Review
August 21, 2018

Now in its second year, the local festival presents wide-ranging programs of intriguing keyboard works.

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Chamber Music Review
July 10, 2018

Performances of the 24 preludes show less impressionistic haze, more humor and classical precision.

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Recital Review
June 12, 2018

There are fireworks aplenty without the rock and pop.

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Recital Review
June 4, 2018

Inordinate talent and consummate professionalism propel the young pianist into the pantheon of greats.

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Recital Review
April 30, 2018

Another unique award winner struts his stuff at San Francisco Performances.

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Recital Review
April 24, 2018

An artfully crafted program traces Chopin's classical influences.

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Chamber Music Review
March 6, 2018

Sergei Babayan and Daniil Trifonov form a true musical partnership.

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Recital Review
February 19, 2018

The young pianist was all smiles and confidence in a fantasy-themed recital.

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Recital Review
January 23, 2018

The young pianist gave an audience of enthusiasts a generous introduction to his Cliburn-medaling form.

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Recital Review
January 23, 2018

Following the connections in Stephen Hough’s recital program for San Francisco Performances, was almost as engaging as his playing.

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Recital Review
December 19, 2017

The pianist was in top form in a varied and exciting program.

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