Azusa Hokugo Komiyama
Ms. Azusa Hokugo attended Toho University, College of Music in Tokyo, Japan and holds a Bachelor of Music degree with honors in piano performance; where she studied with legendary Japanese pianists Kazuhiko Nakajima and Yuko Todoroki. She received her Master's Degree with high honors from Montana State University in Education Research. In addition, she has attended the Music Alp Courchevel Festival in France where she studied with an eminent French pianist, Dominique Merlet. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate in piano performance at Rutgers University in New Jersey and studies with the renown pianist, Paul Hoffmann.
From 2000-2006, Ms. Hokugo was on the piano faculty at Mahidol University Conservatory of Music in Thailand where she taught piano studio and keyboard-harmony courses for music majors. Passionate about teaching, she has given master classes in Jakarta, Bangkok, Phuket, Montana, and at the 7th Osaka International Music Festival in Japan. In 2010, Ms. Hokugo was invited as presenter at the 82nd Annual Montana State Music Teachers Association Conference.
As soloist, Ms. Hokugo has appeared with the Osaka, Nishinomiya, and Kobe Symphony Orchestras in Japan. In Thailand and Singapore, she has appeared as soloist with the Mahidol Wind Symphony and the Mus’Art Wind Orchestra respectively. In 2008, she performed Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments with the C.W. Post University Wind Ensemble in New York. Her performances with the Montana State University Symphony Orchestra include: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by a noted Thai composer, Dennis Euprasert and Rachmaninoff’s Paganini Variations.
In demand as solo and chamber recitalist, she appears regularly in Japan, United States and Southeast Asia. In 2004, she was invited by the Thailand International Saxophone Conference, held in Bangkok, as collaborative pianist for the pre-eminent M. Jean-Marie Londeix Master Classes and performances with Arnold Borncamp. Her recent performances in Southeast Asia were a series of solo and collaborative performances throughout Thailand for the Royal Embassy of Spain.
Since moving to the United States, she has given noted performances for the "President’s Arts Series Concert," at MSU, a recital with Vilomos Olah, 1st violinist of the Auer Quartet and the Concertmaster of the Budapest Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Hokugo has also given performances throughout Asia, in particular - at the American Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2009. In addition, Ms. Hokugo is one of the featured artists on an Emmy Award winning Montana PBS Series, "11th & Grant with Eric Funk," performing the music of Scriabin, Chopin, Funk and Ginastera. In 2010, cellist Rebecca Hartka and Ms. Hokugo released a CD, "Folkfire" and concertized in Boston and New York. Also in 2010, she gave an All-Chopin Recital in honor of his 200-year anniversary to a "standing room only" audience. In 2012, she participated and performed in the Rutgers University sponsored Recital of Debussy's 200th Year Commemorative Concert at New York's Carnegie Hall-Weill Recital Hall.