Kobayashi/Gray Duo to perform March 3 University of South Dakota faculty pianist Susan Keith Gray and guest violinist Laura Kobayashi will perform on Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m. in the Colton Recital Hall of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts at The University of South Dakota.
The free concert will feature the Sonata in D, Op. 12, No. 1 by Beethoven, the "operatic" Sonata in E-flat Major by Richard Strauss and Landscapes of the Mind by Marga Richter, a work based on two paintings of Georgia O'Keeffe.
The artists frequently tour throughout the United States performing standard works as well as compositions by women composers. They are enthusiastically praised for their blending of brilliant technique, beautifully expressive musicianship, impeccable ensemble and stimulating programming.
As winners of the USIA Artistic Ambassador auditions, the duo has toured South America and the West Indies and in 1995 received second prize in the Contemporary Record Society's National Competition for Performing Artists. The duo's debut compact disc recording � BOLDLY EXPRESSIVE! Music by Women � is on the Albany Records label.
The disc features four premier recordings including Grande Sonate, Op. 8 by 19th century French composer Marie Grandval, which the duo edited for Hildegard Publishing Company.
Violinist Kobayashi is a member of the faculty at West Virginia University. The former member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra studied violin with Dorothy DeLay, Andrew Jennings, Paul Kantor and Denes Zsigmondy and performed in the master classes of Nathan Milstein, Ruggiero Ricci, Arthur Grumiaux, and Gyorgy Pauk.
Kobayashi earned degrees from The Juilliard School and Yale University and the doctor of musical arts from the University of Michigan.
Pianist Gray performs as a soloist and as a collaborative pianist with singers and instrumentalists throughout the United States and abroad. Since 1995 she has been on the faculty of The University of South Dakota where she performs with the resident Rawlins Piano Trio. She holds degrees in piano performance from Converse College and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and the doctor of musical arts in chamber music and accompanying from the University of Michigan.