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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

Festival Review
August 7, 2014

Piano duos cruise the Baltic to provide intriguing, even enthralling works at the biannual Salkind Festival.

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Festival Review
August 3, 2014

Gilles Vonsattel takes listeners through revolutions, oppression, and fantasy in his innovative [email protected] recital.

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Recital Review
May 11, 2014

Alessio Bax proves he has the chops, youthful stamina, and artistic insight to perform two monumental, exhausting works back-to-back in one [email protected] recital.

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Recital Review
March 20, 2014

The notion that a former child prodigy does not grow past earlier fame was dispelled in a long-awaited solo recital by Evgeny Kissin at Davies Symphony Hall.

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Chamber Music Review
February 9, 2014

Four pianists vying for the keyboard can be delightful, as demonstrated in a recital of French and American works at [email protected]

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Chamber Music Review
January 12, 2014

In martha & monica’s concert at Old First Church, contemporary composers held their own against heavy hitters from 100 and 200 years ago.

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Recital Review
November 24, 2013

Schubert, in various guises, is the hero of Israeli-born Shai Wosner’s piano recital for Cal Performances.

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Chamber Music Review
November 10, 2013

Joyce Yang joins the Alexander String Quartet in a commanding, passionate recital at Kohl Mansion.

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Recital Review
October 15, 2013

In a generous recital at Davies Symphony Hall, Yuja Wang showed her trademark command, while also revealing gaps in artistry.

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Recital Review
October 11, 2013

Garrick Ohlsson’s greatness is revealed yet again in his incomparable playing of Liszt, Debussy, Brahms, and Chopin.

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Recital Review
September 14, 2013

Dancing through a varied program, much of it in three-quarter time, pianist Sean Chen proves himself an estimable keyboard artist and a fine showman.

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Recital Review
May 11, 2013

Pianist Garrick Ohlsson’s remarkable versatility in both classical and Romantic repertoire gets fine hearings around the Bay Area.

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Recital Review
April 29, 2013

The recital by Austrian pianist, Till Fellner Monday evening at Herbst was a study in importance of counterpoints.

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Recital Review
April 10, 2013

The young Briton Benjamin Grosvenor brings vividly to mind a piano artist’s pursuit of perfection.

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Recital Review
March 17, 2013

Pianist Jonathan Biss pairs Janáček and Berg with Robert Schumann, the better to champion the latter often-misunderstood composer.

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Recital Review
March 2, 2013

Is this fine young pianist pushing (or being pushed) too hard? A bewildering mix of excellence and vulgarity were uncomfortably placed side by side in Saturday’s recital.

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Chamber Music Review
February 4, 2013

A faculty quintet at the S.F. Conservatory offers a tantalizing hearing of musical style and technique typical of the 19th century.

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Recital Review
January 13, 2013

The Bay Area’s own Jon Nakamatsu ranges widely in his pianistic techniques when playing Schumann and Beethoven.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
December 6, 2012

A premiere, a polyrhythmic Ligeti piano concerto, and a revered symphony make up the bill of fare at the Berkeley Symphony.

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Recital Review
November 4, 2012

That keyboard artist Jean-Yves Thibaudet works his magic on Debussy’s impressionistic and orientalist works.

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