Mina Somekawa, Piano

Mina Somekawa“A pianist of ‘class,'” as one critic describes her. “It is playing that is, first and foremost, musically interesting, immediately holding one’s attention and continuing to reach out to hold that attention….  interpretively engaging.… She is an intelligent and warm pianist, exceptionally proficient technically.” Her recitals have also been noted for possessing “a broad repertoire,” “a fine sensitivity to musical expression,” and “stylistic understanding.” She is known for her “thoughtful,” “memorable” performance.

As a Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert artist, she had her Chicago recital live broadcast across the country via WFMT Radio Network. Recipient of the Artist Presentation Society Award, she appeared as recitalist in many cities in US. She has performed with numerous symphony conductors, and was featured as soloist in Brahms’ First Piano Concerto at the summer music festival in Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Her recent recital featured J. S. Bach’s complete Inventions & Sinfonias and Schumann’s Kreisleriana.

At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she received a University Fellowship, she majored in piano performance for the programs: BM, MM, and DMA. She taught piano performance at Millsaps College (Jackson, MS) as Visiting Assistant Professor, at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (Twin Lake, MI), and at the University of Illinois as teaching assistant; and adjudicated auditions and competitions in Illinois, Mississippi, and Washington State. She is listed in Marquis Who’s Who in American Education.

Her many-faceted musical activities includes harpsichord, on which she has performed Bach’s Fifth Brandenburg Concerto and recorded 20th century repertoire by Bartók and Ned Rorem.


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