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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
July 6, 2012

The Salkind Piano Duo Festival gets off to a marvelous start, celebrating the golden musical age of Paris, that city of lights.

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Recital Review
May 8, 2012

A typically thought-provoking and brilliant Peter Serkin recital contrasts Beethoven against moderns like Knussen, Wuorinen, and Takemitsu.

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Recital Review
April 1, 2012

The extraordinary keyboard artist Nareh Arghamanyan is fully in command of color, clarity, and technique with her every note.

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Chamber Music Review
March 25, 2012

The Eroica Trio confronts vivid, war-inspired music by Ravel and Shostakovich, leavened by a colorful Iberian work by Gaspar Cassadó.

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Recital Review
March 18, 2012

A composer/pianist dares to perform his own wintry sonata, alongside several by history’s greats.

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Recital Review
February 29, 2012

An indefatigable keyboard artist plays the “B”s out of Bach, Beethoven, and Bartók.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 24, 2012

Beloved Bach variations receive a full-on orchestral treatment, to joyous and memorable effect.

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Recital Review
February 12, 2012

Steeped in jazz, esteemed pianist Kirill Gerstein tackles classical works, and the result is a draw.

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Recital Review
February 9, 2012

When is a piano recital more like a sumptuous feast, followed by a glittering ball? When the artist is Leif Ove Andsnes.

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Chamber Music Review
January 24, 2012

The dynamic piano duo Anderson and Roe covers the classics, and brings new life to popular works of today from various genres.

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Recital Review
November 2, 2011

Playing a dual role once common in classical recitals, Marc-André Hamelin scored a double triumph.

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Recital Review
October 11, 2011

From thundering orchestral sonics to dreamy and delightsome scene-painting, Yefim Bronfman’s playing has it all.

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Festival Review
July 14, 2011

Pianist Jon Nakamatsu and soprano Christina Major lend their gifts to a strong program by the long-admired Midsummer Mozart Festival.

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Recital Review
May 15, 2011

Denis Matsuev continues to move audiences with his bravura and his sensitive keyboard style.

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CD Review
April 19, 2011

Pianist Krystian Zimerman honors a great, if rarely heard, Polish composer whose music has overcome Stalinist oppression.

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Recital Review
April 10, 2011

Living up to her sterling reputation at the keyboard, Dubravka Tomšič plays Chopin and Beethoven with her characteristic control, clarity of sound, and dexterity.

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Recital Review
March 18, 2011

The young Chinese pianist Di Wu makes a thrilling local debut, with fireworks aplenty, evoking memories of Martha Argerich.

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Recital Review
March 11, 2011

To pianists, Chopin’s formidable Études have always seemed akin to waterboarding. Canadian pianist Louis Lortie certainly earned his place among those who attempt them by recording the entire set in 1986, and since then has made the program an important component of his career.

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Recital Review
February 20, 2011

Rafal Blechacz is among the select few who evidently were chosen to carry Frédéric Chopin’s torch to an international audience. His recital Saturday at Herbst Theatre blazed brightly.

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Festival Review
July 8, 2010

The world of music for two pianists is a rarified one. Established as an art form in the Mozart family for its two talented children, then popularized by Schubert at coffeehouses in Vienna, and finally made immortal by Brahms, the two-piano/four-hands repertoire has occupied an important but often neglected corner in the vast richness of piano music. The Milton and Peggy Salkind International Piano Duo Festival celebrates that repertoire.

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