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Celebrating the music and art of Japan.
Featuring Japanese guitar virtuoso Ikuo Inoue, and visual art from world-renowned printmaker and OSU Faculty Yuji Hiratsuka and OSU's Art department. With OSU Faculty Cameron O'Connor. Music by Toru Takemitsu, Shingo Fujii, and Joe Hisaishi (of Studio Ghibli fame)
Ikuo Inoue is an award-winning Japanese guitarist whose virtuosic and insightful performances of solo and chamber repertoire have garnered him acclaim on three continents. Recent performance highlights include a guest artist role at the Nagano Guitar Seminar, and both solo and chamber recitals at Osaka’s Ohno Studio and Tokyo’s Gendai Guitar Salon. A semi-finalist in the Tokyo International Competition, Inoue won first prize in the ASTA Guitar Competition when it was hosted at the University of Southern California, and was a multiple-scholarship recipient from the American Guitar Society. Inoue graduated from California State University, Northridge, where he was a student of Ron Borczon, and has furthermore participated in masterclasses with Eliot Fisk, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, and Oscar Ghighlia among many others. Inoue plays on a Manuel Contreras II Guitar (Ex-Pepe Romero).
Cameron O’Connor, whose playing has been described as “stunning and emotive” (Eugene Register-Guard), enjoys a diverse career in solo, chamber, contemporary, and popular music. Recent and upcoming highlights include solo and duo recitals throughout Japan; performing as a guest artist at the Loyola Marymount, Corvallis, la Siempre Guitarra, and Northwest Guitar Festivals; chamber music and opera appearances with musicians of the Oregon Symphony and Eugene Opera; as a chamber music soloist at the New World Symphony in Miami (for which the South Florida Classical Review noted that he was “especially effective in the quick and diabolical figures”); appearing as a guest artist and performing duos with Sharon Isbin at the Aspen Music Festival and School; performing with Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony; and appearing under the baton of Chinese composer Tan Dun in his Eastern-tinged Concerto for Six, for which the New York Times reviewed that “O’Connor fluttered on his guitar strings in a manner reminiscent of a pipa player’s technique.” Additionally, O’Connor is a prizewinner in ten international competitions, including the Tokyo and Frances Walton. O’Connor is the head of guitar activities at Oregon State University, and is a graduate of the University of Southern California (where he was a student of William Kanengiser), the Juilliard School (where he was a student of Sharon Isbin), and California State University Northridge (where he was a student of Ron Borczon).
Yuji Hiratsuka was born in Osaka, Japan. He was first educated in art at Osaka Ichiritsu Kogei High School (Osaka Municipal High School of Art & Industry) and then at Tokyo Gakugei University (Tokyo Teachers’ University). After receiving a B.S. in Art Education from the University in 1978, Hiratsuka taught art at several high schools and junior high schools in Osaka. In 1985 he moved to the United States to pursue graduate degrees in printmaking at New Mexico State University (M.A.) and at Indiana University (M.F.A.). Since 1992 Hiratsuka has been teaching printmaking and drawing at Oregon State University.
Hiratsuka’s work is included in many public collections, including: The British Museum, UK; Tokyo Central Museum, Japan; Panstwowe Museum, Poland; The House of Humor and Satire, Bulgaria; Cincinnati Art Museum, OH; Jundt Art Museum, WA and The Portland Art Museum, OR.