'The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work, and the only way to do great work is to love what you do," said Steve Jobs. For me, making music is exactly that. I feel truly inspired by the music I get to work on every day, and I love sharing the exciting moments with my collaborators and audience. I am an intellectual in nature, but trust my instinct as a performer. I also don't believe that music should be compartmentalized, and that is why I play everything: from solo to chamber music to opera, by Mozart to Puccini to Jacob TV.
Hailed 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 captured audiences internationally.
Winner of the prestigious Beverly Hills National Auditions in 2013, Tazawa is quickly gaining recognition as a versatile collaborative artist. Her performances, with repertoire ranging from traditional chamber music to experimental new music, have been featured in radio programs such as BBC London, National Public Radio’s Performance Today, and WSKG New York. In the field of vocal accompanying and opera, Tazawa serves as a repetiteur for the Opera Studio of AIMS in Graz, Austria, actively engages in projects with the Atlanta Opera, and has accompanied masterclasses of artists such as Barbara Bonney, Linda Watson, Stephanie Blythe, and Sherrill Milnes. A 2016 Stern Fellow, Erika completed her residency at SongFest in Los Angeles, collaborating with the leading American composers of art songs including Jake Heggie and Libby Larsen.
A passionate advocate of new works, her first solo album Rhythm of Silence, featuring 21st century piano music from the U.S., Italy, and Netherlands, was released in January 2016 through Belarca, distributed internationally by Naxos Records. 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, she in on faculty at Kennesaw State University and serves as the Principal Coach of Georgia State University Opera Theater.
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