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Pianist Mana Tokuno has received wide-spread acclaim for her sensitive and insightful interpretations and her brilliant virtuosity. First Prize winner of the prestigious Competition Internationalé, she also received the Leo Sirota Award for Piano Solo Performance at the Corpus Chrsti International Competition as well as the Special Award for Schubert Interpretation at the International Competition Valsesia Musica in Varallo, Italy. Other prizes include the Dosei-Kai Prize for Distinction in Performance, and the Silver Medal in the Chubu Chopin Competition in Nagoya, Japan.
Among other honors, Ms. Tokuno was selected in two consecutive seasons from a world-wide pool of applicants to perform in master classes by Daniel Barenboim and Leon Fleischer at Carnegie Hall.
Known for her ability to bring a vast array of styles to life, Ms. Tokuno has performed at Carnegie (Weill) Hall and CAMI Hall in New York as well as at Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall in Boston. She was also invited to give a solo recital as part of a Chopin Festival at the Polish Consulate in New York. In addition to solo performances in Romania, Italy, France and Germany, she has appeared at many venues in Japan and in numerous recitals and chamber concerts in the United States.
Ms. Tokuno’s principal teachers were Midori Tanabe at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, where she was an honors graduate, and Victor Rosenbaum at the New England Conservatory in Boston where she received the Master of Music degree with academic honors and was selected to perform with the NEC Orchestra at the Commencement Concert. Now a highly regarded teacher herself, Ms. Tokuno is on the faculty of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts and the New England Conservatory Preparatory School.Ms. Tokuno's debut solo CD "Mana Tokuno: Beethoven Sonatas & Bagatelles" was released on GiNOTE RECORDS® October 28, 2009.
"Ms Tokuno made a brilliant impression with Enescu's Suite #2 in D Major, Op.10, which is wonderfully well written for the instrument. Her exciting interpretation had drive, virtuosity, textural and coloristic diversity. Ms Tokuno's limpid singing tone, amazing technical clarity, rhythmic drive and disarming expressivity stole the show"
... Harris Goldsmith.
"Though she possesses technique of the highest order, she is a musician first"
... Gino Moratti
"Poetry in motion, velvet touch and extraordinary control of pianissimo playing"
... Gino Moratti