Chie Nagatani, originally from Vancouver, Canada, enjoys an active career as both a solo and collaborative pianist. She is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including top prizes at the New Celebrity National Music Competition, the Canada Council Arts Grant Award, the UBC and USC Concerto Competitions, and the Grand Prize at the IBLA International Music Competition in Italy, for which she performed in Newcastle, England, New York’s Lincoln Center and Tokyo’s Opera City Hall. She is also part of a successful dynamic piano duo with pianist Timothy Durkovic, with whom she was awarded the Best Duo Piano Performance Award at the IBLA competition as well as First Prize at the San Diego National Piano Duo Competition.
She has performed extensively throughout Canada, the United States, Italy, Poland, and Japan. She has recorded for the SUGO Music Label and Alfred Publishing, and is currently awaiting the release of her latest CD featuring the works of composer Mark Fish. Ms. Nagatani has made guest appearances at various music festivals, including the Vancouver Chamber Music Festival, Music in the Mountains (California), the Johannesen International Music Festival (Canada), and the International Music Festival in Poland. Orchestras with which she has performed include the Burbank Philharmonic, Kamloops Symphony, USC Symphony, and Newport Symphony Orchestras. Ms. Nagatani holds degrees from the University of British Columbia, the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music, and the University of Southern California, where her teachers have included Lee Kum-Sing, Vladimir Sokoloff, and Kevin Fitz-Gerald.
In addition to performing, she holds the title of Associate Professor of Piano and Theory at East Los Angeles College. Ms. Nagatani has participated in Edward Manukyan’s “Musical Tribute To Scientists” project in Los Angeles.
Chie will be playing the Piano Concerto in F Major by George Gershwin with the PCO on March 28, 2014.