Described as ‘masterful’, ‘positively ecstatic’ and ‘profoundly moving, subtle and exuberant’, the KIAZMA Piano Duo brings together the talents and infectious musical synergy of Aura Go and Tomoe Kawabata. The pair met as students at the Australian National Academy of Music in 2007, coming together for numerous projects before officially launching as a duo in 2015. Equally at home in two-piano and four-hand repertoire from the baroque to the present day, KIAZMA is passionate about sharing the unique combination of intimacy, intricacy, dynamism and power that each genre has to offer. The pair has recorded a highly-praised CD, Five Rocks in a Japanese Garden, which features first recordings of works by five of Japan’s foremost contemporary composers. KIAZMA delights in exploring new, rarely-performed and undervalued repertoire as well as bringing its distinctly fresh approach to much-loved staples of the repertoire.
As well as being highly regarded for her outstanding interpretations of the traditional classical repertoire, pianist Tomoe Kawabata has become a leading figure in the performance of contemporary Japanese music, through her extensive international performances and research. She has performed the solo and chamber works of Japanese composers including Tōru Takemitsu, Akio Yashiro, Akira Miyoshi, Tomojirō Ikenouchi, Hisatada Otaka, Shin-ichirō Ikebe and Yoshio Hachimura. Tomoe was recently awarded her PhD from the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide, where her artistic research investigated the performance of Akira Miyoshi’s piano music, with regard to his unique approach to musical drama.
Tomoe completed her early musical studies in Japan, attaining her Master of Music degree from the Tokyo College of Music before moving to Australia in 2002. She has maintained an active international performing career, with frequent appearances in concerts and festivals in Europe, Canada, Australia and Japan. In addition to being a sought-after recitalist and chamber musician, Tomoe has performed many concertos with such orchestras as the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Targu Mures State Philharmonic Orchestra, Sibiu Symphony Orchestra, “Dinu Lipatti” Philharmonic Orchestra and Oradea State Philharmony in Europe. She has given acclaimed performances of piano concertos by Chopin, Schumann, Tchaikovsky and Khachaturian across Europe.
Australian-born pianist Aura Go is widely recognized for her compelling performances as a soloist, chamber musician, lied pianist and conductor. She has been soloist with many of Australia's professional orchestras and has appeared at international music festivals including the Melbourne International Arts Festival, MSO Metropolis New Music Festival, Bari International Chamber Music Festival, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival and the Edinburgh Festival. Recent seasons have included highly praised performances of Mozart and Beethoven concertos with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria a well as solo and chamber recitals in Denmark, Finland, Poland, Italy, Australia and the USA. Upcoming engagements in 2017 include the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, performing as soloist with the Tapiola Sinfonietta in the PianoEspoo Festival, the Kauniainen Music Festival with the New Helsinki String Quartet and numerous solo and chamber recitals.
Equally at home with new and old music, Aura enjoys collaborating with composers and has presented numerous world premieres in the USA and Australia. Her work as conductor/pianist for the premiere of Kate Neal’s large-scale multidisciplinary work Semaphore was awarded Best Instrumental Performance at the 2016 Australian Art Music Awards. Aura has a strong connection with Finnish music that goes back to her childhood. She gave the first Australian performances of Rautavaara’s first and second piano concertos with the Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras and has performed numerous recitals and lecture-concerts of Finnish piano music in Europe and Australia. In May 2017 she gave the world premiere of a new solo work by Tiina Myllärinen at the Helsinki Music Centre.
Aura completed her early musical training in Australia at the Victorian College of the Arts, followed by performance studies at the Australian National Academy of Music. In 2011 she attained her Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, and is now a doctoral candidate at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Her principal teachers have included Max Cooke (Australia), Peter Frankl (USA) and Erik T. Tawaststjerna (Finland).