M.M. in Piano Performance (minor in accompanying), University of North Texas
B.M. in Piano Performance, TOHO Gakuen School of Music
Artist Diploma in Piano Performance, Vancouver Academy of Music
Described as “performance with flash of brilliant instinct and passion in Dvorak’s waltz” and “extreme sensitivity, colorfulness of tone, and freedom of phrasing and articulation” (Musica Nova, Japan), Masako Narikawa has been performing as a solo pianist, collaborator of chamber music, accompanist, and also as a piano pedagogue throughout her career.
Masako Narikawa began studying piano at the age of four. She entered TOHO Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, Japan, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Then, she moved to North America, and received her Artist Diploma at Vancouver Academy of Music, Canada, and the Master of Musical Arts at the University of North Texas, USA.
Since her debut recital in Tokyo and a soloist with the Pan-Asia Orchestra in Hong-Kong in 1987, Masako has performed in solo and chamber music recitals in Japan, Hong-Kong, Canada, United States, Poland, Holland, Bulgaria, and was invited to the Brno International Music Festival in the Czech Republic to give solo recitals. Recently she has performed as a soloist with the Plovdiv State Philharmonic Orchestra, Bulgaria, and Sherman Chamber Orchestra, Texas.
Masako has received prizes in numerous national and international piano competitions, such as the Gold prize at PTNA Young Pianists’ Competition (Tokyo, Japan), the first prize at Antonin Dvorak International Piano Competition (Prague, Czech), and the special recognition award at Texas Steinway Society, to name a few.
Her teachers of piano include Satoko Tokumaru, Kiyoko Tanaka, Sawako Iwashita, Kum-Sing Lee, Eugene Skovorodnikov, and Adam Wodnicki.
Masako has previously served as a faculty of vocal accompanying and coaching at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and piano, accompanying, coaching, and class piano at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and currently is a staff accompanist at Texas Woman’s University.
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