House Concert February 18, 2017
XX Digitus Duo
J.S. Bach - Four Chorales for two pianos
Satie - Trois Morceaux en forme de poire
Guastavino - e Equivocó la Paloma
Bowles - Three songs and a Sonata for two pianos
Bartok - 7 Pieces from Mikrokosmos for two pianos
Maria Garcia (piano) began piano studies in her native Puerto Rico at the age of four. At the age of ten she made her debut with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. She received a Bachelor's of Music with Distinction in Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. Graduate studies followed at SUNY Stony Brook where she received a full merit scholarship and completed a Master's Degree in Music as well as Doctoral Studies. Her principal teachers have been Luz M. Hutchinson, Victor Rosenbaum and Gilbert Kalish.
An active chamber musician and soloist, Ms. Garcia has performed throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Norway, Canada, Israel, Venezuela, Tunisia, Colombia and Puerto Rico with groups like the Mark Morris Dance Company, her former Piano Trio Melànge, Bamberg St ring Quartet, Madawaska String Quartet, Musical Chairs Ensemble, and Poetica Musica. She has participated in international festivals such as the Bergen (Norway) Festival and the Casals (Puerto Rico) Festivals.
A passionate teacher she has served on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division, the Lawrence Eisman Center for Preparatory Studies in Music at Queens College (CUNY), New Jersey City University, the 92nd Street Y School of Music, and the Stony Brook Summer Chamber Music Festival. A recent transplant to Portland she collaborates locally with Third Angle Ensemble, Bravo Vancouver Orchestra and Baritone Douglas Webster. She has a private teaching studio in Northeast Portland.
Momoko Muramatsu (piano) Momoko Muramatsu has appeared as recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, South America, Japan and the United States. She has won top prizes from international competitions in Brazil, Japan and Italy, and has performed at numerous music festivals including Tanglewood, Aspen and the Iberia Music and Film Festival of Brazil.
Ms. Muramatsu has performed in Paris and New York ("Meet the Virtuoso" at the 92nd St Y and at Steinway Hall) and was twice a featured recitalist in the concert series "Pianists of the World" at Saint Martin-in-the-Fields (London).
A graduate of New England Conservatory, Ms. Muramatsu moved to Europe to attend the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles and at the Conservatoire de Paris. She has also participated in masterclasses with Maria João Pires, Kurt Kämmerling and Boris Berman.
Since moving to Portland, she has been soloist with the PSU Symphony Orchestra and the Mount Hood Pops Orchestra, and has played with Fear No Music and other ensembles.
A former faculty member at the 92nd Street Y, The Brealey School and the Greenwich Academy in New York, she has given masterclasses in Japan, USA and Europe. Her students have gone to conservatories and have won international competitions. She currently teaches at her private studio in Northwest Portland. In addition, she serves as an adjudicator for music festival and competitions.