Virtuoso classical pianist SHIZ’KA is an inspired new talent, who along with years of studying classical spent a summer studying jazz at Berklee College of Music in Boston. She is steadily emerging as a bold, brave, passionate and engaging new performer.
SHIZ’KA‘s SCARLATTI SONATAS
Classical Pianist SHIZ’KA Releases BRILLIANCE & FERVOR LIVE Today
By: KeyMedia Public Relations NEW YORK – July 20, 2020 – PRLog — KeyMedia Group is proud to announce the release of ShiZ’ka’s second album of solo piano performances, BRILLIANCE & FERVOR LIVE, featuring music from Scarlatti, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and Prokofiev. Recorded as a live streaming concert it was initially broadcast on June 20 at St. John’s in the Village with MUSAE, KeyMedia Group and ShiZ’ka producing the event. With the ongoing challenge in the arts, live streaming has helped to save the livelihood and state of mind of millions of musicians while providing a respite to audiences worldwide. The audience response to ShiZ’ka’s concert, “dazzling performance,” “a force of nature,” “deeply moving to the point of shouting out brava in my own apartment!,” describes the intensity in which the young pianist faces the present climate and future of live music. With the ongoing struggle in the classical community to engage new young audiences, ShiZ’ka 26, represents a new bold and vivacious group of up and coming female classical artists, serving as a beacon for young people to embrace classical music. read full release
About: Shizuka “ShiZ’ka” Saeki is a classical pianist who began playing at age 4. She studied with renowned Japanese teachers, Toshimi Sakou, Keita Kosaka, Makoto Yamahata, and Mako Okamoto, before she built up her reputation as an exciting and nuanced performer. Her talents have taken her throughout Japan and the United States. At the age of 17, ShiZ’ka was a finalist in the Japan Classical Music Society competition. In college, she studied at Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts, supplementing her classical training with studies in jazz. While living in Japan, she studied with famed jazz pianist Makot Takenaka and then with Yoko Yamamoto, at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
CONCERT REVIEW: West View News Performance Review BRILLIANCE & FERVOR: Music in the Time of Corona
“ShiZ’ka was in her element on this day playing Rachmaninoff’s Moment Musicaux and Prokofiev’s Sonata in D minor. The mood and virtuoso passages match her temperament and skill. She communicates deep longing and adventurousness, spectacular “Brilliance and Fervor” as the program is named.” read full review
SCARLATTI SONATAS Album
“This is a refreshing brace of Scarlatti Sonatas, played on a modern Steinway. ShiZ’ka has no problem interiorizing, as she shows in the E Major KK162. There is no doubting that ShiZ’ka has a resonance with Scarlatti’s style, and her disciplined prestidigitation is perfectly in place. The order of the sonatas works beautifully, and indeed much of the playing is elevating.” – International Piano
Classical Pianist SHIZ’KA’s BRILLIANCE & FERVOR Live Stream Saturday June 20 7:30PM
Highlighting Composers Scarlatti, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and Prokofiev
(New York, New York) June 15, 2020 – With artists needing to maintain the ability to earn, live streaming has become crucial to their existence with various platforms supporting ticketing and donations. SHIZ’KA will stream her new ambitious program BRILLIANCE & FERVOR to the Internet on June 20 at 7:30PM EST. SHIZ’KA, 26, has been described as a focused, athletic, adventurousness, and spectacular performer. The performance recorded at St. John’s in the Village; NYC will be available to watch for perpetuity after its initial broadcast; it will also be released as a live album through indie label KeyMedia Group on July 20th.