We stopped by the gorgeous Evermay Estate, owned by S&R Foundation, last week to catch a solo performance by Keiko Matsui at the piano.
Keiko Matsui is a Japanese producer, comtemporary Jazz Pianist and composer whose career spans three decades, during which time she has released twenty CDs (in addition to various compilations) and has received international acclaim.
Just on the threshold of Spring, Ms. Matsui’s performance came on the eve of the cherry blossoms blooming. In the intimate setting of the Evermay parlor, the storied Japanese pianist told sincere stories about the inspiration for each of her pieces, opening with “Water Lilies,” a song about her dad’s death and his resting now in “a happy place,” and closing with “Oceans,” representing the connecting power of music and its global, equalizing quality.
We were even invited for a private performance after everyone cleared out for the evening. Featuring Ryo Yanagitani, another member of the S&R Foundation’s program, entertained us with astoundingly technical pieces, including a 9-minute Rachmaninoff that he humbly claimed to be not ready for presentation, despite eliciting actual jaw drops from the audience.
Ryo Yanagitani is one of Canada’s most promising young concert artists. He recently won the gold medal at the 10th San Antonio International Piano Competition, and was grand prize winner of the Hugo Kauder International Piano competition.
Ms. Matsui also performed Saturday night in Bethesda. That event was covered by our events writer, Caroline, here.
Founded in 2000 by Dr. Sachiko Kuno and Dr. Ryuji Ueno, the S&R Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to support talented individuals with great potential and high aspirations in the sciences and arts, especially those who are furthering international cultural collaboration. The Foundation sponsors annual award programs, hosts events and works with its partners to encourage scientific and artistic innovation, and promote cultural and personal growth.