Musicians at Broadwood Ayr
Saturday September 19, 2015
Pianist Keiko Sekino plays with an elegant, sensitive, joyful and imaginative style. She enjoys an active career as a solo recitalist and chamber musician in the United States and abroad. She has performed at such venues as Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Steinway Hall, Bennett-Gordon Hall at Ravinia Park, and Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria in Santander, Spain. She has participated in festivals including Ravinia, Norfolk, and Yellow Barn in the United States and Kuhmo, Encuentro de Música y Academia de Santander, La Gesse, and Pontino in Europe.
In 2006, Keiko Sekino was one of four pianists invited to participate in the Carnegie Hall Professional Workshop with Thomas Quasthoff. As a duo with soprano Awet Andemicael, she worked with baritone Thomas Quasthoff and pianist Justus Zeyen on Lieder by Schubert, Wolf, and Strauss in public masterclasses and was presented in a recital at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She has also been featured on WFMT (Chicago)’s the From Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute series.
An accomplished chamber musician, Ms. Sekino has shared the stage with violinists Ana Chumachenko and MinJung Kang, and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Daedalus Quartet, Enso Quartet, and Peabody Trio. Forthcoming is a recording of Schumann’s complete works for cello and piano with cellist Emanuel Gruber from the Delos label.
Keiko Sekino completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and holds additional degrees from Yale University in economics and music. Among her teachers are Peter Frankl and Robert McDonald. She has also worked closely with Elisso Virsaladze, Claude Frank, Boris Berman, and Margo Garrett. She serves as Associate Professor of Piano and Director of Applied Piano Studies at the East Carolina University School of Music in Greenville, North Carolina.
Soprano Andrea Edith Moore brings a “certain opalescence that is particularly served by her impressive phrasing and inherent musicality” to myriad leading roles including Pamina, Zerlina, The Countess, Anne Trulove and Manon among others. Ms. Moore is a regular singer with the North Carolina Opera where she “garnered the biggest ovations” for her performance of Micaela in Carmen and in Aida her “Priestess was hauntingly ethereal.” Acclaimed in Brittenʼs haunted opera The Turn of the Screw also with NCO, “The star of the show was Andrea Edith Moore as the Governess, with beautiful and clear tones, and every word and phrase distinct, and convincingly more and more distracted as the drama progressed.”
Ms. Moore has sung under the baton of Maestros Vladimir Ashkenazy, Francesco Maria Colombo, Giuseppe Grazioli, Keitaro Harada, Klaus Dieter Jung, Andreas Mitisek, Lorenzo Muti, Timothy Myers, Anton Nanut, Bohuslav Rattay, Valery Ryvkin, Gerard Schwartz, Al Sturgis and David Zinman and directors including the late Colin Graham, Garnett Bruce, Roger Brunyate, Vera Calabria, Jerome Davis, Candace Evans, Andreas Franz and John Lehmeyer. She has performed with the Hamburger Kammeroper, Central City Opera, Aspen Music Festival, Greensboro Opera, The North Carolina Opera, Long Leaf Opera Festival, Yale Opera, and Peabody Opera Theater. In concert and recital, she has performed with the Richard Tucker Foundation, The El Paso Symphony Orchestra, The North Carolina Master Chorale, The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, The Duke Symphony, The Eastern Music Festival and on tour in South America with notable debuts in Buenos Aires at Teatro Colon and Rio de Janeiroʼs Teatro Municipal.
Ms. Moore stays on the cutting edge of new music and has sung premieres of works by composers including Stephen Chatman, Marjorie Merryman, Zachary Wadsworth, Martin Suckling, Daniel Thomas Davis, Ron Thomas, Matthew Monticchio, David Bennet Thomas and Judah Adashi and has served as a vocal advisor with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. She commissioned a new song cycle entitled Family Secrets by Daniel Thomas Davis which had its world premiere on March 29, 2015 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Among many honors Moore is a prize-winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, is a grant recipient from the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust and has been twice awarded the Yale School of Music Alumni Award.
Ms. Moore holds a Master of Music and an Artist Diploma from Yale University as well as a Bachelor of Music from the Peabody Conservatory of Music at The Johns Hopkins University and is a graduate UNCSA. Ms. Moore currently serves on the voice faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.