"Fostering a Lifelong Relationshiop in Music"
June 16, 2017
San Jose State University Concert Hall
1 Washington Square, San Jose
Symphony No. 7 - Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Concerto (World Premiere) - Luis Andrei Cobo, with Tamami Honma, piano soloist
An American in Paris - George Gershwin
Tamami's appearances in many of the world's great musical institutions has attracted notable acclaim, from the Bolshoi Hall in Moscow (as soloist with the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra) to the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (“An eloquent, powerful performance” - New York Times) and the Wigmore Hall in London (“an interpretation [of the Goldberg Variations] that was probably as transparent and faithful to Bach as it's possible to be on a modern piano” - Music and Vision).
Tamami has made numerous radio and television broadcasts in Europe and the US in partnership with leading orchestras and quartets, and participated in many major music festivals such as the Aldeburgh Festival and the Warsaw Autumn Festival. She regularly gives masterclasses and presentations in conservatories and appears on juries of competitions at home and abroad. Tamami's wide-ranging commercial CD recordings of composers from Mozart and Chopin to Stravinsky, McCabe and Rawsthorne, to name a few, have won high accolades.
Luis Andrei Cobo
Luis Andrei Cobo, (b. 1972) a native of New York City, has had a passion for music since he saw the movie Star Wars at age 4, which was also when he started informally taking piano lessons. Following a deep and abiding love of film scores, he has been composing music since the age of 12 after seeing the film Amadeus, inspired by the life and music of Mozart which had little to do with film scoring. Having written music for a variety of media including a number of orchestral works, he has a particular interest in setting poetry to music. In 1990 he was admitted to Manhattan School of Music as a composition student and won the Absolut Vodka Composers Award. Completing both his B.M and M.M., he studied with David Noon, Aaron Jay Kernis, Richard Danielpour and Giampaolo Bracali (whose sudden passing in 2006 inspired the work The Disarrange, for Soprano, Cello and Piano with poetry of Jennifer Michael Hecht which was performed at his memorial concert in NYC), and gained a profound understanding of technology while studying electronic music with the late Elias Tanenbaum. In 1996 he was the recipient of the Concert Artists Guild Composers Award, which resulted in the commissioning of three chamber works. In 2005, he accidently discovered the poetry of Jennifer Michael Hecht while searching for new poets online and has since set 6 of her poems, one of which, titled 'Fall in Time', was written explicitly as part of a commission intended for a Valentine's Day Concert, which was set for Chorus, Oboe and Piano. His most recent work was Symphonie Nostalgique, solicited by the Seniors Orchestral Society of New York City. His hope is to one day write an epic film score and complete and produce the opera he is working on in collaboration with playwright August Schulenberg. In the meantime, by day he works as a software engineer for large reputable companies. He is on the Advisory Boards of both Composers Concordance and Seniors Orchestral Society of New York and volunteers his time lending technical advice and providing development work for fellow musicians.