New England Conservatory Facukty Sarah Takagi at Opus119

“Stop the Boredom! Let’s P-L-A-Y!” The one and only Sarah Takagi will show you how you can get out of boring, mundane approach to classical music, by mixing up comedy, theater, and more.
Showdown: April 14th at 2pm at Opus119!
 https://youtu.be/JYwWmZnEpw4

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Sarah Infini Takagi comes from Boston, where she is on the piano faculty at the New England Conservatory and  is the former chair of the piano department at Wellesley College.  As a classical pianist, she has performed at Weil Recital@Carnegie hall, John F. Kennedy Center, PBS television, radio and has performed over a dozen concerti with orchestras across the country. In addition, she has emerged as an improviser where her CD of original improvisations “@Play” has been released on CDBaby.  She is also a composer writing for various mediums, most recently, her solo piano work “Ocean Voices” was premiered at the Planetary conference in University of British Columbia, and her folk pop song “We Are Infinite” featuring her piano/voice students with original choreography has received over 5k views on You Tube.  In addition, she is known for her daring performances outside of piano -performing as an actress in comedy skits, as a dancer with the rock band “Egg Queen”, and most recently as an emerging Jazz vocalist where she has performed with top musicians in clubs in Boston and in Tokyo. 
 
Her unpredictable daring multi -disciplinary approach comes from her deep commitment to the concept of Infinity and unconditional acceptance, which is part of her spiritual practice.  As a reiki master and healer, her approach is to bring balance to her contexts.  As a classical musician, she feels the importance of bringing back the spirit of Play-full-ness which she feels balances the often rigid, demanding structure and culture of classical music.


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"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence! It is not an act, but an habit."

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence! It is not an act, but an habit."


Congratulations to all students who participated in 2018 Certificate of Merit CM evaluation.

Everyone passed!!

A shout-out to the following special achievers:

Panel Finalist:
Shannon Fan, Anne Liu, Bethany Huang, Anton Ni
Anson Quon, Stacy Chang, Allison To, Miranda Wang,

YAG Finalist:
Stacy Chang, Allison To

We are so proud of everyone!!

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Legendary 94 year old Menahem Pressler Masterclass at Opus119

Menahem Pressler, founding member and pianist of Beaux Arts Trio, continues to captivate his audience around the world as both pianist and pedagogue.
He recently celebrated his 94th birthday, and he sure keeps going traveling around the world! Read More…

Anne Liu chosen as one of the 2018 national YoungArts finalists!

We are thrilled to hear that our student Anne Liu has been chosen as one of the 2018 national YoungArts finalists!

YoungArts offers cash award up to $10,000, the finalists will work with accomplished artists in masterclasses during the YoungArts week in Miami in Jan. and a chance to become a U.S. PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLAR IN THE ARTS.

For more information: www.youngarts.org

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Opus119 students awarded 1st prize for Artistic category in the 14th Southern California Philharmonic Concerto Competition

We are so excited to share the news -
Opus119 students, Michelle Fan is awarded 1st prize for Prodigy category and Anne Liu is awarded 1st prize for Artistic category in the 14th Southern California Philharmonic Young Artist Showcase Concerto Competition. Both ladies will perform with the orchestra in Spring 2018.

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