ZOFO (piano 4-hands) – Jan 15

Sunday, January 15, 2017 • 2pm (1:15 pre-concert forum)

“What happens when you sit two internationally acclaimed solo pianists down at one piano?

 …you get something energetically and electrifyingly out of this world.”  – Bachtrack

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“Fireworks at the keyboard… from Candide to Rite of Spring!”                                                                                                                                                    – Ken Hardin, ICS artistic director

Since joining forces as a professional duo in 2009, internationally acclaimed solo pianists EVA-MARIA ZIMMERMANN and KEISUKE NAKAGOSHI – ZOFO – have electrified audiences from Carnegie Hall to Tokyo Japan with their dazzling artistry. This GRAMMY-nominated, prize-winning Steinway Artist Ensemble – one of only a handful of duos worldwide devoted exclusively to piano duets.  ZOFO, is shorthand for 20-finger orchestra (ZO=20 and FO=finger orchestra)


$34 general (website purchase includes $4 online fee)

Youth 5-17 free with adult (call 530-273-3990 to reserve your ticket)




Venue – Seventh-day Adventist Church, Grass Valley (click here for directions)

Individual Sponsor:  Corinne Pryor; members of “The Piano Workshop”

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The program:

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)                      Candide Overture (1956)

Harold Shapero (1920-2013)                          Sonata for Piano Four Hands (1941)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)                          Six Epigraphes Antiques (1914)


Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)                           The Rite of Spring (1913)

About Eva-Maria Zimmermann:

Dynamic Swiss pianist Eva-Maria Zimmermann has appeared as soloist in Europe and the United States, offering performances that are “breathtakingly intense” (Der Bund) and “passionate and deeply expressive” (Berner Oberlander). Her engagements have included recitals as well as concerto performances with major symphonies, such as the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.

Winner of the prestigious Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship, Ms. Zimmermann has appeared at international festivals worldwide, including the “Festival Piano en Saintonge” France, the “Sommerfestspiele Murten” Switzerland, and San Francisco’s “Other Minds Festival of New Music.” A graduate with highest honors from the Conservatory of Geneva, Eva-Maria has studied with many distinguished musicians – Leon Fleisher, György Sebök, Leonard Hokanson, Tomasz Herbut and Dominique Merlet, among others.

Ms. Zimmermann is a musician of broad interests. In addition to her solo appearances, she is dedicated to chamber music, lieder recitals, and teaching. She has partnered worldwide with many other professional musicians and ensembles in her career, including soprano Lara Bruckmann, the Del Sol String Quartet, violinist Iris Stone, and bass-baritone René Perler. Eva-Maria was a founding member of the award winning Swiss Charmillon Piano Quartet. Many of her chamber music and Lieder recitals have been broadcast on Swiss Radio DRS2, and Radio de la Suisse Romande. As an educator, Eva-Maria has been a faculty member of the University of San Francisco and currently teaches in the music program at the Nueva School in Hillsborough, CA, founded by Sir Yehudi Menuhin. Eva-Maria resides in San Francisco.

About Keisuke Nakagoshi:

Keisuke Nakagoshi began his piano studies at the age of ten, arriving in the United States from Japan at the age of 18. Mr. Nakagoshi earned his Bachelors degree in Composition and Masters degree in Chamber Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Graduating as the recipient of multiple top awards, Keisuke was selected to represent the SFCM for the Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project, a program featuring the most promising young musicians from major conservatories across the United States.

Mr. Nakagoshi has performed to acclaim on prestigious concert stages across the United States, including the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. He has received training from some of the most celebrated musicians of our time – Emanuel Ax, Gilbert Kalish, Menahem Pressler, Robert Mann, Paul Hersh, David Zinman – and enjoys collaborating with other accomplished musicians such as Lucy Shelton, Ian Swensen, Jodi Levitz, Robin Sutherland, Lev Polyakin, Axel Strauss, Mark Kosower, Gary Schocker and also conductors such as Alasdair Neale, George Daugherty, Nicole Paiement, Michael Tilson Thomas and Herbert Blomstedt.

Mr. Nakagoshi is Pianist-in-Residence at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the award winning Opera Parallele. He resides in San Francisco.

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