Biography

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…an outstanding pianist, Kanae Matsumoto. Ms. Matsumoto’s playing was unfailingly crisp, warm, and sensitive throughout the fiendishly difficult piano parts…
- showtimemagazine.ca

While Kanae Matsumoto has performed around the world--including in the US, Japan, Germany, Italy, and Russia--she is seen most frequently in the Southern California area where she has lived for the past thirteen years. She enjoys performing both as soloist and collaborating with instrumentalists, singers, dancers and painters. A critic described her as an “outstanding pianist.... unfailingly crisp, warm and sensitive.” (showtimemagazine.ca)  As a soloist, her recent solo performances included the Schumann Piano Concerto in San Diego and the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 in Palm Springs. She has appeared as a chamber musician in many venues, most notably the Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Music Society. Her CD “French Violin Sonatas”, recorded with violinist Jacques Israelievitch and released on the Fleur de Son label. 

In 2006, Kanae joined the UCLA music faculty as a collaborative pianist and teacher of piano and chamber music. In the same year, she became an instrumental accompanist at Chautauqua Institution, where she also performs in many faculty recitals and coaches chamber music. As of Summer of 2013, her passion for music and curious mind are taking her to a new place--she is relocating to New York City, expanding her musical horizons. Currently she is a vocal coaching staff at Manhattan School of Music. She is also a vocal coach for Classical Singing in New York (CSNY).  

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