Looking forward to seeing you!
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30TH
6:30 PM DOORS OPEN
7:00 - 8:30 PM CONCERT AND COCKTAIL RECEPTION
43A WEST 13TH STREET NY NY 10011
RSVP Required. Seats are limited.
From 1991, Miori was an active photographer in New York. Since witnessing the 2001 terrorist attacks in his hometown of Manhattan, she has visited and photographed Holy Lands of Prayer like Israel, Palestine, Native Indian lands, Mexico, Greece, Ukraine, France, Angkor Wat, as well as the Yunnan and Tibetan temples. From 2005, she began shooting the Ise Grand Shrine and the transitions it underwent every 20 years, which has become her life work. She won Shinto Cultural Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. The photos she has taken of the Holy Land have been on display in museums in Japan, New York, Monaco, Israel, and Europe. She has appeared in all forms of media around the world, and has participated in many lectures as well as published her work. Her first English book will be published in this spring.
Julia Meynert, born in Bochum, Germany, into a German-Japanese family, got her first lessons at the age of 5. Her studies eventually took her to the the Vienna Conservatory (Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität), the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole (Italy), and at the Scuola di Musica di Mantova (Italy).
Julia won 1st prize at the national music competition in Germany, "Jugend Musiziert," in 1998 and in 2001, and 3rd prize at the Luigi Nono Competition in Italy in 2008. Julia has performed all over the world -- in Germany , Austria, France, Italy, Croatia, Serbia, Ukraine, Switzerland, Slovenia, and the United States in such renowned halls as the Brahms Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna, Steinway Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Merkin Hall. Julia Meynert has been invited to judge for the “Olympic Challenge Competition“ at Steinway and Carnegie Halls in New York, and for the Crescendo International Competition, Carnegie Hall. Since Summer 2014, Julia has run her own festival in Italy near Venice. She is a violin instructor at the Palisades School of Music (NJ) and also at the Performing Arts Conservatory of NY.
Eri’s tone beauty and compelling musicality has been hailed by audiences throughout the world. As a Japanese-born Korean American pianist, soloist, collaborative pianists and chamber musician, she has appeared frequently at the major concert halls in New York City, Europe, the Far East including Korea and Japan, and throughout the United States. She has received rave reviews from major newspaper, and music magazines such as the Los Angeles Times, Strad Magazine ,and String Magazine. Heard frequently on NPR, WQXR, WNCN, and at numerous music festivals including Aspen Music Festival, she has also performed highly acclaimed Piano Duo Recitals with Akira Eguchi. Eri has recorded for DC “Dear America” performing Gershwin’s “Fantasy on Porgy and Bess for two pianos” and this CD has been selected as the best new-release CD by Japanese Recording Arts Magazine.
She received her bachelor’s degree from Toho School of Music, and her Master’s degree from the Juilliard School. Eri frequently serves as an official pianist for violin and other string instrumental competitions in the United States, Sion Valais International Competition (Switzerland), Buenos Aires International Violin Competition, and Johansen International Spring Competition among others. Eri is a faculty member of the City University of New York Brooklyn College.
MARIANNA ROSETT, Composer & Pianist
Born in Transylvania, began her piano and ballet studies at the age of 5 and made her radio and television debut in Bucharest at the age of 10 as the winner of the International Youth Festival. Marianna has studied at the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem, and New York’s Juilliard, where she became the youngest faculty member in the school’s history, teaching music, drama, and dance. She has devoted much of her life to teaching, specializing in classical improvisation, which she believes liberates the creative energies and imagination of the performer. Marianna is working on her first opera called Edwin, about the Shakespearean 19th century actor Edwin Booth.
YIMI KUROSAWA, 13 & 20-strings Koto player/Composer/Improviser/ Computer Sound
Yumi was born and raised in Japan, and began studying the 13-stringed-Koto at the age of three with her parents, Kazuo and Chikako Kurosawa. At the age of 15, she began studying the 20-stringed-Koto with Nanae Yoshimura.
Yumi won the first prize at the National Japanese Koto Competition for students in 1989 and 1992, and a scholarship from The Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan in 1998. She began touring internationally when she was 10 years old making her Carnegie Hall debut in 2005. In 2011, she was principal soloist in Daron Hagen's Koto Concerto Genji and in The Memory Stone by Marty Legan at the Houston Grand Opera. She played Takashi Yoshimatsu’s Koto Concerto FUGAKU with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra at their opening gala at Suntory Hall, Tokyo; collaborated with world renowned hip hop dancers, Les Twins, at world heritage temple Kiyomizudera; and performed at the World Economic Forum in China. She has also composed for Ballet, Tsuru commissioned by the Houston Ballet and Asia Society, TEXAS.
Yumi has been lauded by the NY Times for her graceful musicianship,“drawing on a timbral palette that [ranges] from warm and rounded to bright and metallic.”
HIDEKO COLTON, NY Style Entertainment Cooking Teacher, Author. Owner of COLTONS NEWYORK
Born and raised in Japan, Hideko moved to New York in 1990 where she worked in the financial industry. After studying at the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) in Hyde Park, NY, Hideko changed her career from finance to food founding COLTONS NEWYORK, a cooking event and lifestyle company in 2009.
Since 2010 Hideko has been developing and teaching a NY-style entertainment class called NY Omotenashi (hospitality in Japanese) cooking class for Japanese women, with more than 1,500 members all over the world. Her class goes beyond cooking by celebrating the total experience of entertaining including cocktails, table top decorations, flower arrangements, pairing with wine, scent and music. Her class has been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers, and she has a regular TV segment called America’s Kitchen for Fuji TV USA/Fujisankei.
On December 7th, 2015, Kodansha (the largest publishing company in Japan). published Hideko's first cookbook in Japan. The book “NY Omotenashi Recipe” (NY Style Entertainment Recipe) introduces her unique cooking style to the Japanese people.