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Ken Iisaka

Ken Iisaka is a pianist, a software engineer, and bon vivant living in Foster City.

Articles by this Author

Recital Review
September 12, 2017

Four years off of a Cliburn Competition Bronze Medal, the pianist delves into unfamiliar material with confidence and insight.

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Recital Review
August 29, 2017

The San Francisco International Piano Festival has the pianists in charge of what’s on the program, making for an eclectic mix of interests and experiences.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
June 26, 2017

The great pianist graced a Santa Cruz Symphony concert for the second time this year and the results were just as magical as the first.

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Chamber Music Review
May 2, 2017

Pianists Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin pair up in a fiery repertoire.

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Recital Review
February 14, 2017

The French pianist offers surprising insights into works by Ravel and Medtner.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 8, 2016

Conrad Tao isn’t an ordinary 22-year-old piano prodigy. He provided some surprises at the Peninsula Symphony’s season opener.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 8, 2016

The Korean winner of the Chopin Competition transcends high expectations in his collaboration with the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
November 1, 2016

Michael Tilson Thomas’ program traces the connection between the Renaissance and the Romantic by way of Mozart.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
October 18, 2016

The fortepianist’s improvisations, and the orchestra’s less muscular approach resulted in a Beethoven quite different from the mighty thunderer of legend.

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Recital Review
October 11, 2016

The Iranian-American virtuoso transcended expectations in a challenging program that ranged from the traditional to the cutting edge.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 15, 2016

As he’s been doing his whole career, conductor Charles Dutoit brought clarity and detail to early 20th-century masterpieces.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
March 2, 2016

: No more excuses if you haven’t heard the work of this brilliant Portuguese pianist.

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Recital Review
January 26, 2016

Yefim Bronfman begins a survey of the composer’s career-spanning piano sonatas.

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Chamber Music Review
July 27, 2015

The event, part of [email protected]’s Summer Festival, wasn’t exactly like hanging out with Schubert and friends in a Viennese salon in the 1800s, but it was close.

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Recital Review
March 18, 2015

A young pianist dares to depart from the score and makes his points strongly, a la Glenn Gould.

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Chamber Music Review
March 11, 2015

The power couple of chamber music played and breathe as one in this recital.

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Recital Review
November 16, 2014

Pedagogue of pedagogue Seymour Lipkin gives a solo recital as part of the second annual Piano Institute program at UC Berkeley that presents a series of performances, lectures, and master classes.

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Recital Review
October 16, 2014

Pianist Rafal Blechaz shows why in Poland he is called the reincarnation of Chopin in a recital arrayed in colors and delicate details.

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Chamber Music Review
October 14, 2014

A warm glow suffuses the performance of the venerable Takács Quartet and the superb pianist Marc-André Hamelin.

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Festival Review
August 7, 2014

Piano duos cruise the Baltic to provide intriguing, even enthralling works at the biannual Salkind Festival.

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