Saint Louis Symphony Violinist to Present Free Masterclass, Concert

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 23, 2009 – Asako Kuboki, violinist for the Saint Louis Symphony, will present two free programs on Oct. 7 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus.  She will be presenting a masterclass at noon, as well as a recital at 7:30 p.m.

Kuboki will perform a highly virtuosic piece by Franz Schubert, “Fantasy,” Maurice Ravel’s “Sonata,” and “Graceful Ghost,” a jazz influenced piece by American composer William Bolcom.  Kuboki will be joined by Brandon Chistensen, Southeast professor of violin and viola, on a violin duo by Toru Takemitsu.

Both the masterclass and the recital are free and open to the public.

American-born Kuboki began her violin studies at the age of five in Japan. She went on to study in the United States at the Peabody Conservatory, with principal teachers Sylvia Rosenberg and Victor Danchenko, and eventually received both her bachelor’s and master’s of music degrees from there. Prior to joining the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra in 2001, Kuboki performed extensively with the New Horizon Chamber Ensemble in Baltimore, Md., a contemporary music group that worked in collaboration with composers, poets and visual artists.

Her musical career has taken her to Europe, Central America, Asia, and throughout the United States playing chamber music. As an orchestral player, she has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and the Key West Symphony Orchestra. She has participated in the Aspen Music Festival and School, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Credomatic International Music Festival in Costa Rica, the American Institute for Musical Studies in Austria, and the Pacific Music Festival in her hometown, Sapporo, Japan. In recent years Kuboki has been performing with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony.

For more information, please call (573) 651-2346.