Megumi Masaki (Piano)
Megumi has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician with distinguished artists including the Penderecki Quartet, Borealis Quartet, Gewandhaus Orchestra soloists, Shauna Rolston, Yuri Hooker, Paul Marleyn, Oleg Pokhanovski, Koh Gabriel Kameda, and Valdine Anderson. Megumi has recently performed throughout North America, Europe and Asia in such venues as the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, National Art Gallery Ottawa, National Arts Centre Ottawa, Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music Paris (IRCAM), Royal Academy of Music’s Discovery & Development Series, CoLab Festival Trinity Laban London, Royal College of Music, Elmwood Hall Belfast, Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music in Belfast, Dark Music Days Festival in Reykjavik, Chetham’s International Piano Festival Manchester, Classical:NEXT Festival NL, Philam Life Theatre Manila, Okazaki Concert Hall Japan, Chengdu Concert Hall China, Roter Saal Mainz, Eric Ericson Hall Sweden, Cultural Olympiad Utah, National Museum of Women in Arts Washington, D.C., the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Fox Fine Arts Centre El Paso, Windsor Canadian Music Festival, Regina New Music Festival, Kelowna Chamber Music Series, GroundSwell and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra New Music Festival.
Devoted to the advancement of Manitoba composer Eckhardt-Gramatté’s music, Megumi has recorded CDs of her piano works and the complete works for violin and piano duo with violinist Oleg Pokhanovski (Associate Professor, University of Manitoba), and has published a critical performance edition of her Piano Caprices. She was the music researcher and made her film debut in “Appassionata: The Extraordinary Life and Works of Eckhardt-Gramatté” by Paula Kelly for CBC’s Opening Night.
Megumi is frequently recorded for national broadcast by the CBC and in Germany by HR. She has received numerous awards from the Canada Council, Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Manitoba Arts Council, SSHRC and won the Willi-Daume Prize from the National Olympic Committee Germany for her multidisciplinary project “Music and the Olympic Games.”