We celebrated a century of giving back to the people who make the music — our shared source of joy, inspiration and artistry on October 26th, 2014.

It was Hosted by Eleanor Korman, Patricia Paz & The Board of Directors of the Musicians Foundation. The Musical Program was performed by Michiyo Morikawa, piano; Nelly Rocha, cello; and Hisaichi Shimura, violin.

  • Cancion de Cuna (Lullaby) (2006) By Arturo Rodriguez
  • Cancion en el Puerto (1994) (song in the harbor) By Joaquin Gutierrez
  • Las Presencias for violin and piano by Carlos Guastavino
  • Trio no 1 for violin, cello and piano by Felix Mendelssohn

Incidental and Welcome Music performed by:

Aine Hara – Piano

Aine HaraMs. Hara was born in Nagoya in Japan and began playing the piano at age three. She made her first stage appearance the following year. Her concert debut was with the Krakow State Philharmonic at the Aichi Prefectural Art Theater when she was ten. She graduated from the Toho conservatory high school and University and came to New York City to continue her studies at Mannes College, the New School for Music. From 2012 to 2014, she attended the International Keyboard Institute & Festival. She has studied piano with Hideo Sugiura, Yuko Ninomiya, Jerome Rose, German Diez, and Musicians Foundation Board Member, Michiyo Morikawa. Ms. Hara has already received numerous competition prizes including: Music Competition for Children, Chunichi newspaper prize, Piano Teachers Association Competition, the Senzoku Conservatory Prize. She was awarded the Bronze Medal(1st in Asia),and the Gold Medal at the International Chopin Piano Competition in ASIA and was a finalist at the Osaka International Music Competition She performed her recital debut in Japan at Munetsugu Hall in 2012 to the highest acclaim.

Michiyo Morikawa – Piano

cwvDm9asA_Lw9YsGTQNy8vW7Zxw[1]Mrs. Morikawa was born in Japan and began playing the piano at age five. After graduating from the Toho Gakuen School of Music where she studied with Yoriko Takahashi, she attended the Aspen Music Festival studying with Aube Tzerko and John Perry. She holds a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music where she was under the tutelage of Karl Ulrich Schnabel. She completed her Professional Studies diploma at the Mannes college of Music as a student of Jerome Rose and Hugo Goldenzweig. She continues her musical studies with German Diez. Ms. Morikawa has received significant honors including First Prize and the Special Composer’s Prize at the XII Concurs de Piano “Premi Ciutat de Berga” in Spain; Special Prize “Musica Española” at Ignacio Cervantes piano competition in Havana, Cuba, winner of the Japanese-American Association Piano competition in New York City; The Rockefeller Foundation Grant for the Performing Arts. She has performed as a soloist with, among many others, the New York Symphonic Ensemble, Filarmonica de Jalisco, Orquesta Sinfonica de Michoacan, and Sinfonica de Coyoacan. A frequent recitalist and Chamber player, Ms. Morikawa has performed across the globe, including: New York City’s Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall; Bellagio, Italy (by invitation of the Rockefeller Estates); Spain; Japan; Finland (at the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra Chamber Ensemble Concert); and Mexico. Ms. Morikawa is currently a piano teacher at the Third Street Music School Settlement, and Greenwich House Music School in New York City.

Nelly Rocha – Cellist

Nelly cello1Ms. Rocha is an active performer in New York City. She has performed recitals in Beijing, China, the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, the Universal Forum of Cultures and the Experiencing Villa-Lobos Festival. Ms. Rocha has also performed as a soloist with the North Valley Chamber Orchestra.  She has performed with Camerata New York, National Lyric Opera, Reading Symphony Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Miami Symphony and recorded Mi Alma Mexicana with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, a cd released by Sony that celebrates Mexico’s bicentennial. Nelly has performed in the Late Night Show with David Letterman and participated in the Porgy and Bess 75th Anniversary US tour and the Verbier Festival Orchestra European tour to Milan, Luzern, Berlin and Madrid.  

Hisaichi Shimura – Violin

Hisaichi Shimura violinMr. Shimura is a principal 2nd violinist of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra. He has performed as a guest artist internationally, including Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo, Solistas Mexico Japon, founded by Yuriko Kuronuma in Mexico and Karuizawa International Music Festival. Mr. Shimura, born in Chiba, Japan, began violin studies at the age of 6. In 1992, he moved to the United States to study with Lewis Kaplan. He received his B.M. and M.M. degrees from the Mannes College of Music and appeared as soloist with the Mannes Orchestra as a concerto competition winner in 1995. His music festival credits include Tanglewood, Pacific Music Festival in Japan, Salzburg, Bowdoin and C.W. Post (LIU). His New York recital debut was at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as an Artists International Competition winner in 1996. Currently he is presenting solo recitals and performing chamber music in the United States, Latin America and Japan. He is a member of the faculty at The Waldorf School of Garden city, Greenwich House Music School in New York City and LIU Post Chamber Music Festival in Long Island. Formerly he was teaching assistant to Lewis Kaplan at the Juilliard School of Music’s Pre-college Division. His main violin teachers are Lewis Kaplan, Dale Stuckenbruck and Barry Lehr, and Pedro de Alcantara. He has recently released “Estampa” an album including short pieces for Violin and Piano all composed by Latin American Composers. www.hisaichishimura.wordpress.com

Photos of Guests

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