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by Junko Ichikawa

"a dream. that was better than mine..you're not allowed to play better than I do" Seymour Bernstein, Legendary Piano Teacher and Mentor to Junko, his student of many years. As seen in the documentary film "Seymour: An Introduction", dir. by Ethan Hawke
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Piano Sonata No. 18 in D Major, K. 576: I. Allegro
5:06 album only
2. Piano Sonata No. 18 in D Major, K. 576: II. Adagio
5:22 album only
3. Piano Sonata No. 18 in D Major, K. 576 :III. Allegretto
4:30 album only
4. Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
10:10 album only
5. Impromptu No. 4 in A-Flat Major, Op. 90
6:57 album only
6. New Pictures at an Exhibition: I. Reclining Woman
3:13 album only
7. New Pictures at an Exhibition: II. At the Moulin Rouge
1:23 album only
8. New Pictures at an Exhibition: III. The Dream
1:57 album only
9. New Pictures at an Exhibition: IV. Mezzetin
1:15 album only
10. New Pictures at an Exhibition: V. Chez Chagall - The Twittering Machine
2:40 album only
11. New Pictures at an Exhibition: VI. Madonna
1:56 album only
12. New Pictures at an Exhibition: VII. Redemption
1:12 album only
13. New Pictures at an Exhibition: VIII. Guernica
5:06 album only
14. New Pictures at an Exhibition: IX. Epilogue
1:26 album only
15. Unfinished Portrait of George Washington
5:25 album only
16. Prelude from the Cantata gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit
2:36 album only
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Album Notes
I have been practicing, studying, playing, but most importantly, listening all of my life. I believe that by listening a person can become one with the music. I thank my family and all of my teachers and especially my devoted teacher, mentor and friend, Seymour Bernstein. I left my home in Japan to study with Seymour in New York and while I was very nervous, it was the wisest decision I ever made. Seymour taught me that music is the language of "feeling". I had been playing the piano since I was 4 years old. Thousands of hours of practice and it all came together with the "feeling" that I have been taught to experience, transform and communicate to my listeners. I hope you, the listener, enjoy listening to me as much as I enjoy playing for you.

“ A dream… That was better than mine. You’re not allowed to play better than I do”, Seymour Bernstein, “Seymour: An Introduction”- Documentary Film Directed by Ethan Hawke

"…the special star: Her technical virtuosity was staggering; her playing was, at every turn of phrase, brimful of poetry and exciting temperament…" , described by Harris Goldsmith.

“A Highlight of the evening was the playing of … Junko Ichikawa, who performed Chopin’s Mazurka in A-flat major, Op.24, No.3 and Waltz in A-flat major, Op.42 with ease and maturity. Especially impressive was her imaginative use of contrasting articulations and pedaling to enliven the various restatements. “ , New York Concert Review Inc.

Born in Obihiro (Hokkaido Prefecture), Japan, Junko began piano studies at the age of four. She earned her Bachelors degree at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (Tokyo Geidai), her Masters degree at New York University, her Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College of Music, and her Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) at the Mason Gross School of Arts, Rutgers University. She has studied with Kiseko Takenaka, Keiko Takenaka, Teruji Karashima, Diane Walsh, Min Kwon and Seymour Bernstein.
Junko Ichikawa has been the recipient of top prizes in various competitions, including the second prize at the Dichler/Sato International Piano Competition in Vienna, the first prize at the Mainichi Piano Competition, the first prize at the piano competition of PTNA, and a winner in the Japan Piano Teachers Association Piano Auditions.

She has participated in International Master Classes in Vienna and United States with such distinguished artists as Alexander Jenner, Wolfgang Watzinger, Martin Canin, Richard Goode, Menahem Pressler, Paul Badura-Skoda and more.

At age fifteen, she made her debut playing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No.1 with the Obihiro Reed Orchestra in Salt Lake City, USA. She performed as a soloist with Seikyo Kim and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (Tokyou) in Japan, with David Bernard and the Lawyers' Orchestra in New York City, with Kynan Jonhs and Rutgers Symphony Orchestra in New Brunswick, NJ, with Maurizio Colasanti and the Wiener Residenz Orchestra at Halbturn Palace, Austria and with Robert Lehrbaumer and Wiener Residenz Orchestra in Vienna, Austria.



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