How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice. Yes. Yes. Yes. But sometimes an airplane would help. As in the case of 13-year-old pianist Miu Ishikawa who is jetting to New York from Tokyo to perform as part of “Side-by-Side Artist Showcase” at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, March 21 at 8pm. The event is a first of its kind.
Produced by InterHarmony International Music Festival, which was founded and directed by cellist Misha Quint, the evening showcases the most gloriously talented students who have participated in the prestigious 12-year-old festival, which takes place in three different European cities each summer. Each festival concludes with an Artist Showcase joining the professional musicians with the best of the participating students.
The March 21 concert also joins acclaimed professional musicians with the best of the budding young artists. Seasoned pianist Svetlana Gorokhovich will accompany both 10-year-old Noelle Midori Naito in Antonio Bazzini’s “The Dance of the Goblins” and her 12-year-old brother violinist Kenneth Naito in Manuel de Falla-Kreisler’s “Danse Espagnole.” She will also accompany 18-year- old cellist Chris Beroes-Hagis as he performs Tchaikovsky’s “Nocturne for Cello and Piano, Op. 19, No. 4.” Miu Ishikawa will perform Franz Liszt’s “Ricordanza” from his “Transcendental Etudes.”
The Prelude from Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Unaccompanied Cello Suite, No. 3 in C Major” will be played by 14-year-old Hastings-on-Hudson native, Luming Chan. Virginia native, 17-year-old violinist Ànnika Jenkins will play Franz Waxman’s “Carmen Fantasie” and 26-year-old violinist Bora Jeong will perform Maurice Ravel’s “Tzigane.”
The second half of the program includes Chopin’s “Nocturne, No. 4 in F Major, Op. 15” and Toru Takemitsu’s “Rain Tree Sketch,” works played by pianist Etsuko Terada. The evening concludes with a “Side-by-Side” of Tchaikovsky’s lyrically complex “Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70,” one of the composer’s last pieces, performed by violinists Andrzej Grabiec and Bora Jeong, violists Marylène Gingras-Roy and Matthew Pickart, and cellists Misha Quint and Caitlin Quinn McConnell. McConnell, Jeong and Pickart are former students at the Festival.