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One of the warmest and most deeply touching  players; acclaimed as "astonishing! It's hard to believe she doesn't have an extra hand or two" (The New York Times), "To my utter astonishment, I was completely bowled over by it."( MusicWeb International, UK), "Ifm still innocent enough to sit in open mouthed awe ..."(American Record Guide), "She is no ordinary mortal "(Usen Music, Japan) and "discovery of a major pianist "(Répertoire, France), Ms. Okashiro's extraordinary talent for interpreting and expressing a myriad of musical color has earned her an international reputation, wowing audiences across North America, Europe and Asia.
 
Her technique is as broad and vibrant as her repertoire, choosing not only to excite listeners with the standard piano repertoire, but to also bring to life the obscure piano transcriptions of symphonic works by Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Mahler and Scriabin, the unusual chamber music repertoire such as transcriptions for two pianos of  The Poem of Ecstasy by Scriabin, and classical-pops crossover repertoire, such as Beatles piano transcriptions arranged by famous classical contemporary composers of Frederic Rzewski, Feldman, Toru Takemitsu and John Cage, and piano works by Academy Award composer, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and premiering the works of contemporary composers.  Her extensive discography of CD recordings has received over 300 pages reviews, completely bowled over many CD reviewers and respected critics all over the world,  including Ira Rosenblum at New York Times, Paul Serotsky in UK, Alain Cochard at Diapason, France, Carsten Dürer in Germany and Kei Yosimura in Japan. In addition to her extensive discography, Miss Okashiro has performed in many of the world's musical centers including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Montreal, Tokyo,  Argentina and Estonia among many other cities, and appeared with conductors such as Alexander Vedernikov and Louis Fremaux among others and with orchestras all over the world including the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Argentina National Symphony Orchestra, the Chautaqua Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Symphonique de Sherbrooke in Canada and many others.


"Her playing here is astonishing. With such a variety of texture and color, and so many notes flying by, it's hard to believe that she doesn't have an extra hand or two."                   -Ira Rosenblum -New York Times

"Okashiro's playing  is fabulous - how many hands does she have?"        -William Youngren - Fanfare
 
 "I'm still innocent enough to sit in open mouthed awe at something like Chitose Okashiro's consummate technical mastery"       
-French-American Record Guide

"By the variety and accuracy of her touch and the care of her pedaling, Ms. Okashiro  produced extremely resonant performances. Often it seemed that the notes to be played, for both composers, were not the important ones: what mattered were the higher harmonics resounding afterward. The luxurious and stately chords were there to generate glistening swirls of partials, which Ms. Okashiro was able to bring forward and sculpt, as if her hands had been inside the piano."        -Paul Griffiths - New York Times

"5 stars."
"A remarkably effective and powerful approach. She spares no pains to accentuate contrasts and the creativity."       
-Diapason, France

"gems"        -Billboard
 
"marvelous and stunning"        -Gramophone Japan
 
" it's so perfect that there is no space to complain"        -The Art of Records, Japan
 
"She is a pianist of phenomenal talent. To my utter astonishment, I was completely bowled over by it. At my time of life "astonishment" is an increasingly rare experience, so I'm more than content to be astonished. Chitose Okashiro's arrangement - and her breathtaking performance - make you realise, in contradistinction to his long-held reputation as a bit of a "wild child", just how refined a composer was Gustav Mahler.  Astonishingly audacious. "
-Paul Serotsky - MusicWeb International, UK

"a marvelous interpreter and a grandioso technician figure as one only rarely gets to hear. outstanding"       
- Piano News, Germany

 


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