School of Music Hosts Guest Artist Jasmin Arakawa

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. –– The Illinois Wesleyan University School of Music will host guest artist Jasmin Arakawa on Thursday, Feb. 14, at 8 p.m. in Presser Hall’s Westbrook Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Arakawa is a renowned pianist and professor of music. She has performed widely in North America, Central and South America, Europe, China and Japan. Arakawa’s performance at Illinois Wesleyan will feature music by composers Haydn, Chopin, Liszt and Gershwin.

In addition to her career as a performer, Arakawa is also an Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Area Coordinator in the School of Music at the University of Florida.

Arakawa is a native of Japan and a graduate of Tokyo University of the Arts. She received Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Arakawa is the recipient of the 2016 Steinway Top Teacher Award. She has presented master classes at the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Conservatorio Nacional de Msica in Peru, Instituto Baccarelli in Brazil, and numerous universities in the United States and Canada.

In 2016, Arakawa released her debut solo album titled Klavierabend. The album has received critical acclaim, praised by American Record Guide for her “rich lyricism” and “supreme clarity.” She has also appeared on BBC and Radio France.

For more information, please contact the School of Music at (309) 556-3061.

By Megan Baker ‘21