Solo Piano Recital
Featuring Pianist Naho Bessho
The Knabe Institute presents an encore performance by Naho Bessho.
ARTIST Music Center of Reisterstown, Saturday, February 17th at 6pm.
• The program will include music by Mendelssohn, Ravel, Liapunov, and Scriabin
• Attendance is free ($15 donation recommended).
Date and Time:
Saturday, February 17th, 2018
Artist Music Center of Reisterstown
519 Main St.
Reisterstown, MD 21136
Free and Open to the Public ($15 donation & RSVP recommended)
• CD's will be available before and after the performance •
Piano sonata No. 1
Pavane pour une infante défunte
Transcendental Etude No.10, Lezghinka
Etude Op. 8, No. 12
Piano Sonata No. 4
About the Artist
Naho Bessho is an accomplished pianist of lyrical and delicate tonality. In a recent interview, she spoke of her career as an artist, her artistic directions, her feeling about various composers. When playing for an audience, she says, she tries to express the essence of the music that lies behind the score. Instead of just catering to the audience, she wishes to adhere to the essence with which the composer created the music. "Of course, I never truly know what the composer had in mind most of the time. But I keep searching for that in my attempt to emulate the essence."
Born in Japan, Naho Bessho began playing piano at age five, and she won second prize in an important competition in Nagoya when she was 13. This enabled her to play a piano quintet with select members of Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra. At age 19, she won the highest award at the Japan Classical Music Competition in the Chubu district. After graduating from the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music with a Master of Music degree, she performed as a concerto soloist in 1999 with the Cracow Philharmonic of Poland. In 2001 she won second prize at Yangtze-River-Cup International Competition in Osaka with her performance of Prokofiev's 7th Piano Sonata, after which she continued to give many solo and collaborative concerts in Tokyo and Nagoya.
She came to the United States in 2002 for advanced study at Boston University. And from 2004 to 2005 she became, by invitation, a summer resident of the Brandywine Piano Institute of Westchester University, Pennsylvania. In 2006 she graduated from Boston University with a Performance Diploma. And since then, she has been giving many piano recitals in Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire, with music activity in Maryland since 2014. Her music career was influenced by a number teachers, including Hideo Sugiura, Yoshiko Yaeguchi, Dina Joffe, Anthony di Bonaventura and Robert Merfeld.