Violinist Munkelt Otani, Cellist Elizabeth Anderson, and Pianist Kaoru Fukuda Perform Together in Concert at the Crestwood Music Educational Center in Eastchester, NY – Friday, May 4, 2018

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EASTCHESTER, NY — April 10, 2018 — On Friday, May 4, 2018, at 7:30PM, celebrated musicians Muneko Otani, violinist, Elizabeth Anderson, cellist and Kaoru Fukuda, Pianist, will together perform in concert at the Crestwood Music Educational Center, 453 White Plains Road, Eastchester, NY.  Their dynamic and delightful program features the Piano trio No.39 in G major, Hob.XV/25 ‘Gypsy’  by Joseph Haydn, and the Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 56 by  Ludwig van Beethoven.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students.

For additional information call 914.961.3497 or direct email to

Founded in 1987, the Crestwood Music Education Center has established itself as one of the most reputable and premier music schools in Westchester County, with well over eight hundred private students of all ages and levels, beginner through professional.  The philosophy is to create a very positive, stimulating environment that gives each student the chance for creative self-expression.  The Crestwood Music Education Center is committed to providing the highest quality and most meaningful musical education and is invested in developing each student’s imagination, creativity, intellect, and humanity through this most wonderful art, music.

Located in the heart of Eastchester, the Crestwood Music Education Center offers instruction on all kinds of instruments (woodwind, strings, piano) and vocal lessons.  It also offers Chamber Music, vocal ensembles, alto sax ensembles, string ensembles, and pop groups, to beginning, intermediate and advanced students.  Students are taught by professional teachers, and all ages are welcomed.

Muneko Otani is currently on the faculty of Columbia University and Williams College, the Mannes College of Music as assistant to Lewis Kaplan and has taught at the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria. As the first violinist of the Cassatt String Quartet she has appeared in the US, Canada, and Mexico, as well as in Europe and Asia. Major venues have included Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, Palacio de Bellas Artes and the Bastille Opera House. As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with Walter Trampler, Martin Lovett, Marc Johnson, Colin Carr, Kazuhide Isomura, Masuko Ushioda and Lawrence Lesser. Ms. Otani has held fellowships at the Banff Festival, the Tanglewood Summer Festival, and at Yale University, as assistant to the Tokyo Quartet. She has served as a panelist for the Juilliard Concerto Competition, the Barlow Prize for composition, and Chamber Music Amerca’s Residency Program. She received the Bachelor of Music degree in both performance and education from the Toho Academy of Music in Japan, where she studied with Toshiya Eto. She then continued her training at the New England Conservatory, where her principal teachers were Masuko Ushioda and Louis Krasner. Ms. Otani plays a 1770 J.B. Guadagnini of Parma violin.

Cellist Elizabeth Anderson has won the highest praise from critics. Her recordings for RCA Red Seal, Telarc and Nonesuch have been highly acclaimed including her release of premier recordings of Luigi Silva’s extraordinary transcriptions. Ms. Anderson is also deeply committed to new music. Many renowned composers have dedicated works to her including Samuel Adler, Michael Rose and Kenneth Frazelle. As a founding member of the celebrated Meliora Quartet, she made numerous appearances on the world’s most prestigious chamber music series, including those at New York’s Lincoln Center, the Corcoran Gallery and Library of Congress in Washington D.C., and at Jordan Hall in Boston. The Quartet was Grand Prize Winner of The Naumburg Chamber Music Award, The Fischoff Competition, The Coleman Competition and The Cleveland Quartet Competition. An active concerto soloist, Ms. Anderson has performed with the Helsinki Chamber Orchestra, the Aspen Orchestra, and the Israel Chamber Orchestra. As recitalist she has toured throughout the United States and Europe. She has been a frequent guest at music festivals around the world such as the Spoleto Festival in Italy and Melbourne, Australia, the Moon Beach Festival in Okinawa, Japan, the Inkoo Festival in Finland and in the United States at Aspen, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Music Festival of Arkansas, Rocky Ridge Music Center, the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, and the Portland, Maine, Chamber Music Festival. Ms. Anderson was formerly a faculty member at the Eastman School of Music, Florida State University, Middlebury College and the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts. From 1990-2001 she was Associate Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Anderson studied with Jacqueline DuPre, Steven Doane, Paul Katz, YoYo Ma, Wallace Rushkin, and Leonard Rose. She holds Bachelor of Music degrees from the Juilliard School, California State University at Sacramento, and a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music. In addition to her work as a western classical cellist, Elizabeth is a performer of North Indian classical singing and has given numerous performances and workshops that focus on the synthesis of western classical and Indian music through improvisation. In 2014 Elizabeth joined the Cassatt String Quartet and has toured with the CSQ in the US, Mexico, China, and Japan. Her newest CD of improvisations on Indian Raga, “Latifa Noor” is available online from CD Baby @

Pianist Kaoru Fukuda made her New York debut in 2009 with The Centre Symphony Orchestra at the invitation of Maestro José Alejandro Guzmán, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D Minor. She was subsequently invited by conductor Scott Jackson Wiley to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto N. 4 with both the South Shore Symphony of Rockville Centre, New York, and the Regina Opera Orchestra of Brooklyn, NY. These performances capped over a decade of activity as a performer and teacher in New York City, and marked the beginning of an ongoing artistic relationship with The Centre Symphony. In 2013 she performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto N. 1 with the orchestra, again at the invitation of Maestro Guzmán. The success of that engagement led to a performance of Chopin’s Piano Concerto N. 2 in F minor in 2015. A fourth appearance with Centre Symphony is forthcoming in May of 2018, this time with Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, under the baton of maestro Wiley and in the prestigious company of Muneko Otani, violinist, and Elizabeth Anderson, cellist, both of the Cassatt Quartet. Born in Yokohama, Japan, Kaoru Fukuda began her piano training at the age of four. She was accepted into the piano studio of Michiko Okamoto at the prestigious Toho Gakuen School of Music, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree. After her graduation, she moved to New York City and was awarded a Master’s Degree from New York University, studying under Martin Canin of the Juilliard School. She Later worked with the noted piano pedagogue, Tamara Poddubnaya. After teaching for some years at New York University, she joined the faculty of the Long Island Conservatory of Music and accepted a position as pianist with the Regina Opera Company. Since relocating to Japan in 2012, she has been active as a solo recitalist and chamber musician. The live recording of her recent, sold out piano performance recital at Tokyo Opera City, has been released on CD and has received excellent reviews.


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