Koji Attwood

Koji Attwood's Biography

Mr. Attwood has performed numerous solo recitals across much of the country, including concerts in Steinway Hall, Lincoln Center, and on the Kosciuszko Foundation Concert Series. He appears regularly on the "World of the Piano" series at the Juilliard School and is frequently heard on a weekly radio show on New York's WQXR, hosted by David Dubal entitled, "Reflections From the Keyboard: the Pianist in Comparative Performance."

Committed to the performance of contemporary music, Mr. Attwood has given world premiere performances of works by Cynthia Folio, Hector Martinez Martinez, and Daniel Ott.

Also active in chamber music, Mr. Attwood has performed with members of the Borromeo, St. Lawrence, Koryo, and Enso quartets, and is a regular collaborator with Mikhail Baryshnikov. He performed with the dancer's White Oak Dance Project, and performed for Mr. Baryshnikov's 2002–2003 solo tour of the U.S.––providing solo interludes as well as accompaniment for the dances––garnering praise for being a "phenomenal pianist" [Binghamton Press & Sun–Bulletin], "beautifully nuanced" [Cleveland Plain Dealer], "enchanting" [Santa Barbara News Press], "wonderful pianist" [Seattle Times], "Koji Attwood...is a pianist of rare gifts, both as a solo artist and as a collaborator. Playing solo pieces of Scriabin, Scarlatti, Liszt and Soler, this young pianist was much more than fill. He is a concert pianist with an impeccable technique, a rich tone, and an assured sense of good interpretive taste" [Nevada–Events], and described by the Minneapolis Star–Tribune: "Koji Attwood percolate[d] rapturously... they [Baryshnikov and Attwood] displayed lovely chemistry in a performance full of virtuosity, and humor, whimsy and seriousness. Their coordination was so tight that it sometimes seemed as though the dancer's limbs were attached to the musician's notes."

Mr. Attwood's recent performances include a highly acclaimed recital at Merkin Hall in New York City, and a European debut at the prestigious Husum festival in Germany. He is currently featured, along with pianists Marc–Andre Hamelin, Lev Vinacour, and Daniel Berman on the 2009 "Rarities of Piano" Danacord release, and is in the process of recording his own album of original transcriptions for the Koch International Label.

Prior to receiving a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Seymour Lipkin, Koji studied at the University of Kansas with Richard Angeletti. He then went on to earn a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree under the tutelage of Jerome Lowenthal.

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