Table Seating: $25 advance, $30 day of show
Standing Room: $20 advance, $25 day of show
This quietly industrious pianist, who has shown a consistent knack for conveying the most challenging works in the modern repertoire with an understated zeal, turns his attention to a longtime specialty, Messiaen’s “Catalogue d’Oiseaux” (1956-58). This sublime thirteen-part cycle not only compiles the distinct songs of specific birds but also evokes their natural traits, and the particular French provinces where they thrive.
—The New Yorker
The New York Times writer, Joshua Barone previews the concert, and interviews Taka Kigawa: The Pianist Taka Kigawa on Playing Messiaen’s Bird Marathon – The New York Times
The NY Times says this concert is one of the “10 Things to Do in NYC Now” – 10 Things to Do in NYC Now – The New York Times
The NY Times music critic, Zachary Woolfe previews the concert: At Le Poisson Rouge, Messiaen’s ‘Catalogue d’Oiseaux’: The World Refracted – The New York Times
Critically acclaimed pianist TAKA KIGAWA will present a solo piano recital at (le) Poisson Rouge on August 28, 2017, at 7:00 pm, performing Olivier Messiaen’s monumental piano cycle, Catalogue d’oiseaux (complete). Doors open at 6:00 pm.
Olivier Messiaen composed Catalogue d’oiseaux between October 1956 and September 1958. It consists of a series of highly imaginative, innovative, ingenious piano pieces, and represents the culmination of Messiaen’s compositional piano technique. At the same time, it magically evokes a variety of bird songs, landscapes, and atmospheric colors of nature. It consists of thirteen pieces in its seven books, with seventy-seven bird songs distributed throughout the thirteen pieces, and totals three hours of solo piano music. The Catalogue d’oiseaux has long been a singular specialty of Taka Kigawa’s. He has performed the work many times, receiving unanimous acclaim from both critics and audiences alike.
Taka Kigawa’s solo recitals at (Le) Poisson Rouge over the past several years have been resounding successes, receiving enormous critical acclaim from critics and audiences alike. His August 2012 recital at LPR, in which he performed J.S. Bach’s The Art of Fugue entirely from memory, broke the attendance record in the solo recital genre, a record it holds to this day. His recital there in August 2010 was chosen as the one of the best concerts of the year by The New York Times. His August 2011 recital was chosen by Musical America as one of the most notable concerts in the 2011-2012 season.
Taka Kigawa has steadily built his reputation as one of today’s most compelling young artists, renowned as much for his superb musicianship as for his courageous programming. The New York Times described him as “A phenomenon. There’s no denying that he’s something special.” Since winning First Prize in the 1990 Japan Music Foundation Competition in Tokyo, and the 1998 Diploma Prize at Concurs Internacional Maria Canals De Barcelona in Spain, he has performed extensively as a recitalist, a member of major chamber music ensembles, and soloist with orchestra in many prestigious venues worldwide, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kosciuszko Foundation, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Cité de la Musique and Salle Gaveau in Paris, and Plau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona. He has collaborated closely with such renowned musicians as John Luther Adams, the late Pierre Boulez, Unsuk Chin, Myung-Whun Chung and Jonathan Nott. His performances and recordings have been broadcast over many television and radio networks, including WQXR-FM in New York. Mr. Kigawa received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Shinsyu University in Japan, and continued his studies in New York at The Juilliard School, where he holds a Master of Music degree.
Olivier Messiaen: Catalogue d’Oiseaux (Catalogue of Birds) (1956-1958)
I. Le chocard des alpes (The alpine chough)
II. Le loriot (The golden oriole)
III. Le merle bleu (The blue rock thrush)
IV. Le traquet stapazin (The black-eared wheatear)
V. La chouette hulotte (The tawny owl)
VI. L’alouette lulu (The woodlark)
VII. La rousserolle effarvatte (The reed warbler)
VIII. L’alouette calandrelle (The short-toed lark)
IX. La bouscarle (The cetti’s warbler)
X. Le merle de roche (The rock thrush)
XI. La buse variable (The buzzard)
XII. Le traquet rieur (The black wheatear)
XIII. Le courlis cendré (The curlew)
Taka Kigawa official site
Critically acclaimed pianist TAKA KIGAWA has earned outstanding international recognition as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber music artist since winning First Prize in the prestigious 1990 Japan Music Foundation Piano Competition in Tokyo, and the Diploma Prize at the 1998 Concurs Internacional Maria Canals De Barcelona in Spain, with such accolades from The New York Times as “Phenomenon. There’s no denying that he is something special,” “The extraordinary pianist.” and from The New Yorker “Unbelievably challenging program. Kigawa is an artist of stature.” and from La Nación (Buenos Aires) “Taka Kigawa is a stupendous virtuoso.” His New York City recital in 2010 was chosen as one of the best concerts of the year by The New York Times. His New York City recital in August 2011 was picked as one of the most notable concerts in the 2011-2012 season by Musical America. Also his Buenos Aires recital in April 2014 was chosen as one of the best concerts of the year by Argentina’s leading paper, La Nación.
He has performed extensively as a recitalist and soloist in New York, Washington DC, Boston, Cleveland, Paris, Milan and Barcelona, with appearances in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Kosciuszko Foundation, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Cité de la Musique, and Salle Gaveau in Paris, Plau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, and Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. He frequently tours in his native Japan, appearing in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagano and Kyoto, both as a recitalist and a soloist with orchestra and in chamber music groups. He has performed with such distinguished institution as The Cleveland Orchestra. He has been a featured artist on many television and radio networks throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.
His repertoire is extremely large and varied, ranging from the baroque to avant-garde compositions of today. He has collaborated closely with such renowned musicians as Pierre Boulez, Myung-Whun Chung and Jonathan Nott. Also he premiered the last solo piano piece of Yusef Lateef, the jazz legend, in New York City in 2013.
Mr. Kigawa grew up in Nagano, Japan, where he began piano studies at the age of three, winning his first competition at the age of seven. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Shinsyu University, and his Master of Arts degree from Tokyo Gakugei (Liberal Arts) University, graduating with honors in Piano Performance. During both his undergraduate and graduate years, he also studied composition and conducting, receiving high honors in both disciplines. He furthered his studies in the United States at The Juilliard School in New York, where he earned his Master of Music degree. Mr. Kigawa currently lives in New York City, U.S.A.
Review for Taka Kigawa’s latest concert at (le) Poisson Rouge: Review: Taka Kigawa Masters the Conflicting Rhythms of Ligeti – The New York Times