Akiko Dohi

Pianist to Perform Gershwin in Long Beach

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Concert pianist Akiko Dohi will perform Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” on Sunday, April 27, at 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Long Beach.

Dohi is a concert pianist, award-winning composer, lecturer and vocal coach. Born in Osaka, she received a bachelor’s degree in piano from Osaka College of Music. Her performance of the MacDowell Second Piano Concerto with the Osaka Philharmonic orchestra received glowing reviews, and she was featured on major radio and television stations, including NHK-FM and Kansai TV. In 1970, Dohi won the PEO International Scholarship and came to the U.S.

She earned her master’s degree in piano from the University of Redlands and has appeared in solo and chamber music recitals broadcast on KFAC, KUSC, KXLU, and Radio Pacific Japan. She has also appeared as soloist with the Huntington Park Symphony and the Redlands University Orchestra. An extremely versatile musician, Dohi has studied modern jazz, Latin music, Japanese music, and composition, in addition to her classical piano training.

Traditionally performed with symphony orchestra, the Gershwin classic will be performed by Dohi with the church’s mighty Möller concert pipe organ as orchestral accompaniment.

The organist, Mark Dickey, is the chairman of the music department at CSU Fullerton and also is the organist of the church.

The concert will feature students from CSU Fullerton performing music for brass, percussion, and organ, and a few vocal surprises.


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One Response to Pianist to Perform Gershwin in Long Beach

  1. Daribel says:

    No it won’t be hard at all. Once you learn to play, most people do preefr to play on heavier keys though. A real piano with no electronics is the best to play if you are going for the classical sound. You can also buy keyboard with heavier keys to get more sounds but be prepared to pay the bucks.

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