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Praised as “a superb collaborator, boldly undertaking the demanding keyboard parts with boundless technique, dynamic range, and expressive understanding” by American Record Guide, pianist Erika Tazawa has gained recognition as a versatile collaborative artist.
Her performances, with repertoire ranging from 18th-century concerto to avant-garde opera, have been featured in radio programs such as BBC London, National Public Radio’s Performance Today, and Tokyo FM. The winner of Beverly Hills National Auditions in 2013, Tazawa has appeared in chamber music series throughout the United States including Hot Springs Music Festival, Steinway at Spectrum, the Southern California Chamber Music Association, and regularly collaborates with the members of Atlanta Symphony.
In the field of vocal accompanying, Tazawa has served as a repetitor for American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and Principal Coach for Georgia State University Opera Theater, has collaborated with the Atlanta Opera on contemporary opera projects, and accompanied masterclasses with world-renowned opera singers across Europe and the United States. A former Stern Fellow, Tazawa concluded her residency at SongFest at Colburn School, Los Angeles, where she worked closely with the leading artists of the Art Song repertoire including Margo Garrett, Roger Vignoles, and Lucy Shelton, and composers Jake Heggie and Libby Larsen.
Tazawa's recent solo album Rhythm of Silence, featuring 21st-century piano works, was released through Belarca Records, distributed internationally by Naxos. The recording has been featured on Gramophone UK: Gramophone Awards 2016 as "such intelligent programme-building and committed performances warrant serious attention and exposure."
Currently located in Atlanta, Tazawa is on the Collaborative Piano faculty at Emory University and Kennesaw State University.