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 Operafs Wagner gRingh 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. Patrickfs Episcopal Church in Falls Church. Burris has conducted Faurefs Requiem and an gAll Vivaldi Concerth 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.
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-)
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