A native of Osaka, Japan, pianist Emi Kagawa has been active as both a soloist and a chamber musician, and has performed extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Italy and Japan. The Salt Lake Tribune described her performance as "as picture in the form of a 1,000 piece puzzle, with each piece being a master piece." The New York Sun noted Ms. Kagawa as "…an artist both interesing and bold…[who] quite literally throws herself into her performances…[creating] truly exciting music…"
A winner of numerous national and international competitions, Ms. Kagawa has performed at the Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the Trinity Church concert series, Steinway Hall, and the Symphony Space. She is a past winner of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition at Juilliard. Ms. Kagawa was also awarded first prize at the Nancy Clark International Piano Competition, second prize at the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition, and third prize at both the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition and the Corpus Christi International Piano Competition. She was featured on the McGraw-Hill Companies’ Young Artists Showcase series (broadcast on the New York Times’ classical music station WQXR), and has also performed on WITF (PBS member station for central Pennsylvania).
With her innovative approach as an artist and as a co-director of MANI Brooklyn Chamber Music, Ms. Kagawa has participated in the world premiers of composers of our time. She is currently collaborating in a number of productions involving a variety of contemporary visual artists, filmmakers, and dancers.
A dedicated educator, Ms. Kagawa is currently on the piano faculty of St. Joseph University in Philadelphia, and has served on the faculties of New York University, New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program, the Perlman Music Program, the Great Neck Conservatory, the Piano School of NYC, the New York Summer Festival, and the Belvoir Arts Camp. She maintains established private teaching studios in both New York and New Jersey.
Ms. Kagawa received her Bachelor’s degree from the Kyoto City University of Arts, and her Master of Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and has continued her studies at The Juilliard School as a full scholarship student and at New York University.
She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the State University of New York Stony Brook. Among her teachers and coaches are Jerome Lowenthal, Richard Goode, Claude Frank, Larry Graham, Yoheved Kaplinksy, Miyoko Lotto, Martin Canin, Christina Dahl, Gilbert Kalish, Ann Schein, Angela Cheng, and Samuel Sanders.
Being away from her instrument, Emi enjoys sitting by the water in nature and cooking for her friends at her apartment in New York.