GIS alumna returns in style with French piano recital

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GIS alumna returns in style with French piano recital

Japanese pianist and Garden International School (GIS) alumna Konan Tanaka began her musical journey in Malaysia. She was the first student of GIS who took A-Level Music in the school. Graduating from GIS in 2008, Konan pursued Music at Trinity College of Music in London, Birmingham Conservatoire and Liszt Academy in Hungary.

Since her debut solo recital in St Alfege’s Church, Greenwich in 2012, she has performed numerous concerts both nationally and internationally. Her recent performances include recitals at the Metropolitan Ervin Szabo Library (Budapest), the Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest), the Adrian Boult Hall (Birmingham), Morden College (Blackheath), Farnham Maltings (Surrey) and solo and trio performances at the National Maritime Museum (Greenwich) for the “Turner and the Sea” Exhibition.  

Recently, Konan returned to her alma mater to perform French music to the delight of current GIS students, parents and former school mates.  

Konan has always been very passionate about French music for its exceptional use of harmony, delicate use of light and shade and depiction of images. This has led her to explore composers and compositions that are much neglected, such as Chabrier Dix Pieces Pittoresques and Faure Valse-Caprices.

Besides her solo career, Konan is an active chamber musician and a member of the Wieltschnig Trios and Kaplan Piano Duo. She has also been involved in many orchestral performances playing celeste and piano.

Konan will be performing at the Birmingham Town Hall as part of the Gala Piano All-Nighter in March 2017 and at the Conservatoire Chamber Music Festival in June 2017.

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