Violinist Miki-Sophia Cloud enjoys a rich musical life as a recitalist, chamber musician, orchestra-leader, and innovative arts advocate. As a soloist and recitalist, she has appeared at Boston Symphony Hall, the Kennedy Center, on NPR and Austrian National Radio. Recent performance highlights include Barber’s Violin Concerto with Maestro Peter Oundjian, duos with Ani and Ida Kavafian at Lincoln Center, and Schnittke’s “Moz-Art a la Haydn” at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. An avid chamber musician, Cloud is a founding member of the Fidelio String Quartet and Arté Trio and first violinist of the North Country Chamber Players. As an artist member of the self-conducted chamber orchestra A Far Cry, her leadership as Concertmaster and soloist have been acclaimed by the New York Times and The Boston Globe. She was recently appointed the artistic director of the White Mountains Music Festival, after serving as its programming director since 2011. Her innovative programming has been lauded by the Boston Globe and the Boston Music Intelligencer. An alumna of Harvard College, Vienna Music University, Yale School of Music, and the Perlman Music Program, Cloud is currently a doctoral candidate at New England Conservatory.
Hailed by many critics as a vibrant and thoughtful musician, pianist Katsura Tanikawa has been the recipient of more than 20 first prizes in national and international competitions. Ms. Tanikawa has been featured with numerous orchestras in the US and abroad, including featured performances with the Frankfurt State Symphony in Germany, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra in Moscow, Russia, the Philharmonia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and the Sound Symphony Orchestra in New York, among many others. Ms. Tanikawa has presented numerous solo piano recitals, including performances at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. D.C., Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall in New York, the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Caramoor Performer's Showcase Series in New York, Villa Bertramka in Prague, Czech Republic, and major concert halls in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka, Japan. In 2008, Ms. Tanikawa recorded a solo piano album of all Liszt's music titled Katsura Tanikawa plays Franz Liszt. Previously in 2005, Ms Tanikawa released a CD under the label Art Union (Japan) titled Beethoven Complete Works for Cello and Piano with renowned Viennese cellist and former cellist of the Vienna Philharmonic, Adalbert Skocic.
The Arté Trio was formed by three Yale School of Music graduates whose deep friendship and ardent love for the chamber music repertoire have interwoven through the years to create a uniquely spirited and moving collaboration. After a successful 2012 debut at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, the Arté Trio's 2013-2014 performance calendar includes several recitals in New York City and the tri-state area as well as innovative outreach events. In addition to Yale, the trio holds degrees from Columbia and Harvard Universities, Juilliard, and New England Conservatory. As individuals, the Arté Trio members pursue prominent careers as soloists, chamber musicians, innovative arts leaders, and educators. Performing solo concerts in East Asia, founding an El Sistema music program for underserved children in Alabama, and touring across America with a self-conducted orchestra are among the wealth and variety of musical experiences the trio brings to each of its performances.