Pianist Rieko Aizawa is part of Musical Masterworks concert

Rieko Aizawa (submitted)
Rieko Aizawa (submitted)

Pianist Rieko Aizawa seems to have gone from success to success. At age 13, after she was discovered by violinist and conductor Alexander Schneider, the Japan native performed as a soloist with the Brandenburg Ensemble and then made her American debuts at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall with the New York String Orchestra.

What a career she has developed since then, with appearances at such notable venues as Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and Boston’s Symphony Hall and with such esteemed groups as the New Japan Philharmonic under Seiji Ozawa and the English Chamber Orchestra under Heinz Holliger.

And a New York Times writer lauded her “impressive musicality, a crisp touch and expressive phrasing.”

Aizawa will perform this weekend at Musical Masterworks in Old Lyme, alongside Masterworks Artistic Director Edward Arron on cello and Grammy-nominated clarinetist Todd Palmer, who is a favorite of Masterworks audiences.

The program will include Beethoven’s Trio in B-flat Major, Opus 11; Chopin’s Nocturne in F-Sharp Major for Solo Piano, Opus 15, No. 2, and Waltz in C-sharp minor for Solo Piano, Opus 64, No. 2; and works by Poulenc, Svante Henryson, Glinka and Piazzolla.

Musical Masterworks, 5 p.m. Sat. and 3 p.m. Sun., First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Road; $40, $5 for students; (860) 434-2252, musicalmasterworks.org.



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