Duo Sakura


Duo Sakura, violinist Mika Tanegashima and pianist Mariko Burris, has performed in this area since 2001. The duo has given Nutcracker Christmas concerts in Rockville, Potomac and Falls Church. This year the duo will perform at the Sakura Gakuen Schoolfs Four Seasons Concert Series, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Washington-Tokyo Womenfs Club, George Washington American Inn of Court, and Music Around The World in 80 Minutes Concerts.

Tanegashima and Burris are artists-in-residence of the Japanese American non-profit organization, Sakura Association, Inc., in Maryland. Sakura in Japanese means cherry trees and flowers.

Mika Tanegashima, a native of Los Angeles, started her violin study in Japan at age four. She performed the Mozart Violin Concert with an orchestra at age ten and was featured with Midori as soloists in Osaka Summer Music Festival at age eleven. Tanegashima was formerly a violinist of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Arizona Operafs Wagner gRingh Summer Festival. She performed chamber music in Music Academy of the West, Meadowmount and Kneisel Hall Music Festivals. Her Esperanza String Quartet won the Grand Prize and First Place in the Student Showcase of the University of Arizona where she studied violin and chamber music. This year she will perform in the Baltimore Opera Company and National Gallery Orchestras. Her teachers include: Ronald Copes, Sally Thomas, William Magers, Kathleen Winkler, and John Ferrell.

Mariko Burris, a native of Japan, began her piano studies at the age of five. She continued those studies after she immigrated to the United States and studied with Nicholas Zumbro, Myriam Teie and Peter Takacs. She also studied organ at the University of Arizona. Currently Burris is the Music Director of the Odeon Chamber Music Festival and Music Director, Organist, Choir Conductor, and Pianist for St. Patrickfs Episcopal Church in Falls Church. Burris has conducted Faurefs Requiem and an gAll Vivaldi Concerth with the combined choirs of three churches in Falls Church. She was the pianist for the Piano Trio with Bruno Nasta and Lisa Ferebee and performed in the Lyceum in Alexandria. She is also a music teacher at Fairfax County Public School.

PROGRAMHaru-no-Umi (Spring Sea) Michio Miyagi (1894|1956)

Hika (Sad Song) Toru Takemitsu (1930-)

Sakura Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Variation arr. Mika Tanegashima (violin)
arr. Mariko Burris (piano)

Yashi-no-Mi (Coconut Fruit) by Tohson Simazaki
Toraji Ohnaka (1896-1982)

Shiba-no-Orido (Brushwood Door) Masaru Kawasaki (1924-)

Kohjoh-no-Tsuki (Moon on the Ruined Castle) Rentaro Taki (1879-1903)

Okinawa Serenade Masahiro Saitoh (1958-)

Sonata for Violin and Piano Akira Miyoshi (1933-) I. Moderato
II. Andante
III. Moderatamante Vivo

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