Sakiko Ohashi, Music Director, invites friends to beautiful West Windsor for four concerts for you. Everyone is invited to free concerts on July 22, 23, and 24, 2022.
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Weekend of Music in West Windor/Brownsville, Vermont
Opening Concert - Friday, July 22nd, 7:30pm
Anna Stoytcheva, Piano
Sakiko Ohashi, Piano
For the Kids: Saturday morning, July 23rd, 10:00am
Helen Kim, Violin
Sakiko Ohashi, piano
Violin & Piano Concert - Saturday, July 23rd, 7:30pm
Helen Kim, Violin
Sakiko Ohashi, Piano
Midday Sunday Concert - July 24, 3:00pm
German Marcano, ‘Cello
Sakiko Ohashi, Piano
The Weekend of Music is a collaboration with our friends in the West Windsor/Brownsville area, the University of Miami, and music lovers everywhere.
Sakiko Ohashi, of West Woodstock Vermont, Miami, Florida, and Kobe, Japan has performed for audiences around the world. Locally, she’s performed at the ArtisTree and other area venues. Creating a small, yet truly enchanting local music festival has always been her dream and West Windsor is the perfect location. Creating harmony through music. Harmony of friends, neighbors, and within our hearts during these mystifying times. Join us for the first annual gathering in Summer 2022.
Sakiko Ohashi, Festival Artistic Director, is a native of Japan and began her piano studies at the age of four. By the time she was 10 years old, she was accepted to the Juilliard Pre-College Division as a student of Herbert Stessin. Since then, performances have taken her throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, and Europe.
In 1996, Ms. Ohashi made her concerto debut at Lincoln Center in New York City, performing Bartok’s 3rd Piano Concerto with the Juilliard Symphony conducted by Otto-Werner Mueller. She is also the winner of the 1993 E. Nakamichi Concerto Competition at the Aspen Music Festival where she appeared with the Aspen Young Artists Orchestra. She has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the South Carolina Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and the South Dakota Symphony. In New York, her appearances have included venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Juilliard Theatre, and The Harvard Club.
At the Juilliard School, her awards and scholarships included Van Cliburn, Lilian Halpern, Bertha Levin, Alexander Siloti, and the Maxwell Muriel Gluck Fellowship. She studied chamber music under Felix Galimir, Stephen Clapp, and Jonathan Feldman.
Ms. Ohashi has appeared in numerous music festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, Killington Music Festival, Orford Centre for the Arts, Banff Center for the Arts, Fontainebleau Music Festival in France, Glassboro Summer Session, and Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria.
She holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School, and has taught at the Greenwich House of Music in New York, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival in Tennessee, Augustana College in South Dakota, and Bard College in New York. She studied with Zitta Zohar and participated in master classes with Anton Kuerti, Philippe Entremont, Gaby Casadesus, Philippe Bianconi, Bernd Glemser, and Catherine Vickers. In addition, she is featured in 3 CDs of Creole composers Gottschalk, Dede, and Lambert on the Naxos label.
Ms. Ohashi served as Assistant Chair of Music at The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA|Riverfront), where she directed the Classical Instrumental Division for five years. Most recently, she has served as the Director of the Preparatory Division at The Bard Conservatory. A dedicated teacher, her students have won numerous competitions both locally and nationally. She currently resides in Miami.
HELEN HWAYA KIM
Helen Hwaya Kim made her orchestral debut with the Calgary Philharmonic at the age of six, and has gone on to become a respected and sought-after artist. She has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops at Boston's Symphony Hall, as well as with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras.
Ms. Kim earned her Bachelor and Master's Degree from the Juilliard School, where her teachers included Cho-Liang Lin and Dorothy DeLay. While attending Juilliard, she was a winner of the Juilliard Concerto Competition and served as concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra.
She is the recipient of more than one hundred national and international awards. In 1992, she won the prestigious Artists International Competition in New York and, as a result, gave debut recitals at Carnegie Weill Hall and the Aspen Summer Music Festival.
A native of Canada, Ms. Kim has been engaged by many of Canada's leading orchestras, including the National Arts Center Orchestra, Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, McGill Chamber Orchestra, and the Windsor, Regina, Victoria and Prince George Symphonies. She has also appeared with the DeKalb, New Orleans, Aspen and Banff Festival Orchestras, and with orchestras in the United Kingdom, Germany and Poland.
Since winning the prestigious Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition in Milan, Italy, at age seventeen, pianist Anna Stoytcheva has performed throughout North America, Europe and Japan. She has appeared as soloist with the Orchestra del' Angelicum in Milano, the Juilliard Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and the Bulgarian National Radio Orchestra, among many others, and she has been the subject of several documentaries on Bulgarian National Radio and Television. In New York City, where she now makes her home, she has performed at Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Merkin Hall, and her extensive chamber music experience includes performances at Marlboro Music Festival, Classical Tahoe, Pianofest, Banff Center for the Arts, Music Academy of the West, Kneisel Hall, and Bowdoin Music Festival. She has also recorded two solo albums, distributed internationally on the GEGA NEW label. Ms. Stoytcheva holds Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in Piano Performance from the Juilliard School, where she received Vladimir Horowitz and William Petschek scholarships and the Rockefeller Award, the Peter Jay Sharp Award, and the Helen Fay Prize among other honors. Currently she is the Co-chair of the concert series “Bulgarian Concert Evenings in New York,” which takes place at the Consulate of Bulgaria and Weill Recital Hall in New York City. She is also a member of the American Chamber Players ensemble and teaches in her private studio.
Germán Marcano is a Venezuelan cellist, teacher and conductor with one of the most versatile career in Latin American scene. He was principal cello with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra (1985-97), performing in numerous tours and recordings with them. He has been a regular guest soloist and conductor with Venezuela’s main orchestras. As a teacher Marcano held an important posts at the Simón Bolívar Conservatory (El Sistema), the Emil Friedman School, the Simón Bolívar University, and the Mozarteum Center’s Music School, and has been guest professor and lecturer in Grand Valley State University and Andrews University in Michigan, the San Diego Youth Orchestra, the University of Iowa, Louisiana State University and the Madison Cello Institute in Wisconsin. He has premiered works from renowned Latin American composers among them a Concerto for Cello and Orchestra by Puerto Rican composer Carlos Vázques, piece composed specially for him. Marcano was founder member of the Rios Reyna String Quartet, one of the most important chamber groups in Latin America, with eleven years of professional career worldwide, and 2 commercial recordings, one of them devoted to Latin-American works. Among his publications we can count “A catalog of Latin American works for cello” (2004) an edition of the Suite for cello and piano by Venezuelan composer Modesta Bor 2006), and the cello works of Juan Bautista Plaza (2015). Last October the catalog was launched on the internet with a partnership with the Sphinx Organization and Venezuelan cellist Horacio Contreras and since May 2020 is part of the resource section of the CelloBello website. Three commercial recordings complete his profile as a cellist: the first one including works by “Schumann, Beethoven, Debussy” (2005), “Rochela” (2011) and “Aquí y allá” (2018) both devoted to folk Venezuelan music.