Centre Symphony Orchestra Winter Concert
Pianist Kaoru Fukuda made her New York debut as in 2009 with the Centre Symphony Orchestra at the invitation of Maestro Jose Alejandro Guzman, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D minor. She was subsequently invited by conductor Scott Jackson Wiley to perform Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto with both the South Shore Symphony of Rockville Centre, New York and the Regina Opera Orchestra of Brooklyn. These performances not only capped over a decade of activity as a performer and teacher in New York City, but marked the beginning of an ongoing artistic relationship with the Centre Symphony: in 2013 she performed Beethoven's First Piano Concerto with the orchestra, again at the invitation of Maestro Guzman, and she looks forward to her performance of Chopin's Second Piano Concerto this coming March 2015.
Born in Yokohama, Japan, Kaoru Fukuda began her piano training at the age of four. She was accepted into the piano studio of Michiko Okamoto at the prestigious Toho Gakuen School of Music, where she earned her high school diploma and Bachelor's Degree. After her graduation, she moved to New York City and was awarded a Master’s Degree from New York University, studying under Martin Canin of the Juilliard School. Later she worked with the noted piano pedagogue, Tamara Poddubnaya. After teaching for some years at New York University, she joined the faculty at the Long Island Conservatory of Music and accepted a position as pianist at the Regina Opera Company. As an official accompanist at LISMA International Competition for many years, she was named Best Accompanist in 2009. Since relocating to her native Japan in 2012, she founded the Zarephath Piano Trio and began her own private piano studio: Piano Studio Giacometti. She also teaches at Miyaji Music Joy at Ildabashi in Tokyo.
José Alejandro Guzmán
José Alejandro Guzmán became the CSO’s Music Director in 2010 following numerous appearances as a guest conductor. In a career spanning 40 years, Maestro Guzmán has garnered wide acclaim conducting the symphonic, operatic and choral repertoire with many New York-based orchestras and opera companies. He stepped down following 26 years as Music Director of the Regina Opera to devote more time to his first love, the symphonic repertoire. Maestro Guzmán remains the Music Director of the Bronx Symphony Orchestra (a position he has held since 1998), the Rockaway-5 Towns Symphony Orchestra and the Staten Island Philharmonic. In addition, Maestro Guzmán continues to be in high demand as a guest conductor, appearing with the Bronx Arts Ensemble, Bel Canto Opera, and the Riverside Symphony Orchestra, to name just a few. Highlights of Maestro Guzmán’s 2014-15 season include an in-concert performance of Georges Bizet’s Carmen with the Staten Island Philharmonic in November, which will be followed by a full production of Carmen with the Regina Opera Company in May 2015.