CD Spotlight. A Very Joyous Disc - Brahms arranged by Kenneth Woods impresses Alice McVeigh. '... this is an excellent performance representing a useful, joyful and even inspired addition to the orchestral repertoire.'
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Japanese pianist Kumiko Ida was born on 12 July 1969 and studied at the UK's Royal Academy of Music - piano with Hamish Milne, Joseph Seiger and Alexander Kelly, and chamber music with Michael Dussek - winning many prizes. Later she studied with Peter Katin.
She produced several CDs on the Tokyo-based Mittenwald label - music by Japanese composers Koscak Yamada and Kazuo Yamada, plus Lotusland, a 20th century British piano album including music by Lennox Berkeley, Benjamin Britten, Arnold Bax and Frank Bridge. A recital to promote Lotusland at the Yamaha store in Ginza, Tokyo, was a great success, and was followed by a piano duo recital at Ginza's Oji Hall.
Kumiko Ida embarked on an internet recording project featuring early 20th century British piano music, and completed two of the first three composers before her sad and untimely death from meningitis, aged 38, on 18 October 2007.
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