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Japan-born JUNKO UENO GARRETT has captivated audiences around the world with her colorful tone, poetry, expressiveness, dynamic technique, and wide range of repertoire. She began playing piano at the age of three; trained at the prestigious Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo studying under Professor Hiroshi Miura; and received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in the United States, where she studied with Professors John Perry and Robert Roux.
In the 2014/15 season she performed a solo concert tour in France, including festivals in Turenne, Chambre, and Treignac. She will conclude the season with a South American solo concert tour sponsored by the Japanese government culture program. She performs regularly in the Los Angeles area, including performances in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Chamber Music series, chamber-music collaborations with leading L.A. musicians, faculty performances, and guest-artist appearances.
Her recent engagements in the U.S. include recitals in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Kansas City, Denver, Salt Lake City, Tucson, Houston, and Fairbanks under the auspices of the Japan Foundation, the Japanese Embassy, and Japanese Consulates General. Under the Japan Foundation’s grant program she toured South and Central America in 2010, 2008, 2006, 2002, and 1999, including Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, Mexico, Cuba, El Salvador, and Costa Rica. In the summers of 2009 and 2007, at the invitation of the U.S. State Department, Junko toured in Japan as part of the Belrose Duo, performing and lecturing on American music. Other activities include concert tours to India in 2004 and 2005 introducing Western music to Indian audiences. She often gives masterclasses where she performs. In 2000, Junko received the “Japanese Consul General’s Award” for her contributions to international relations and understanding between countries.
Junko holds a faculty position at Occidental College and has released 3 solo recordings. She is a Kawai artist. Please visit junkopiano.com.