Azusa Hokugo Komiyama

Azusa Hokugo Komiyama holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (DMA) in piano performance from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of Music and the Arts.  She is the recipient of the Rutgers University Dean’s Award for Outstanding Graduate Artistic Achievement Award.
 
She also holds a Bachelor’s degree (BM) with honors from the prestigious Toho Gakuen/University, College of Music in Tokyo, Japan.  Soon after graduating from Toho University, she received a fellowship to study at the Music-Alp Courchevel Music Festival in France.
 
After moving to Thailand in 2000, Dr. Komiyama was soon appointed as professor of piano to Mahidol University College of Music in Bangkok, Thailand where she taught applied piano and keyboard courses until 2006.  Recently, she has been a staff accompanist for Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of Music and the Arts.  Currently, she is on the piano faculty at Rutgers University’s Extension Division.   Passionate about teaching, she has adjudicated and given master classes in Jakarta, Hanoi, Bangkok, Phuket, Alaska, Kentucky, New York, Montana and at the 7th Osaka International Music Festival in Japan.
 
As soloist, Azusa Komiyama has appeared with the Osaka, Nishinomiya and Kobe Symphony Orchestras in Japan.  In Thailand and Singapore, she has appeared as guest soloist with the Mahidol Wind Symphony and the Mus’Art Wind Orchestra respectively.  In 2008, she performed both Stravinsky’s “Piano Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments” and Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” in the same concert with the Long Island University Wind Orchestra in New York.  And in 2009, Dr. Komiyama gave heralding performances at the International Mendelssohn Symposium, held in Bozeman, MT.  She has also performed, Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” and Poulenc’s “Double Piano Concerto” with the MSU Symphony.  In addition, Dr. Komiyama is a featured soloist in the Emmy Award-winning Montana PBS television series, “11th & Grant with Eric Funk,” performing the music of Scriabin, Chopin, Funk and Ginastera.
 
Highly in demand as chamber recitalist, she appears regularly in the U.S., Japan and Southeast Asia.  In 2004, Dr. Komiyama was invited by the Thailand International Saxophone Conference, held in Bangkok to perform as a collaborative pianist for the pre-eminent saxophonists, Jean-Marie Londeix and Arno Bornkamp in evening recitals.  In subsequent years, she has traveled to Vietnam on a “U.S. Good-Will Tour” performing at the United States Embassy in Hanoi as well as touring various major cities in Thailand at the behest of the Royal Embassy of Spain performing the music of Spain.  In the U.S., she has given noted chamber performances at Montana State University with Vilomos Olah, concertmaster of the Budapest Symphony Orchestra in Hungary and 1st violinist of the Naxos-label artist; Auer String Quartet as well as Duet Performances with Angella Ahn of Ahn Trio.  In 2011, Dr. Komiyama was invited to perform with the Grammy-winning Cassatt String Quartet from New York City at the Big Sky Music Festival in Montana as well as performing and touring with Ahn Trio, substituting for pianist, Lucia Ahn.  In 2015-2017, she has performed as soloist and collaborative pianist at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. And most recently, between 2017-2018, she has appeared with the members of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra’s brass section in a series of collaborative chamber recitals. 
 
Dr. Komiyama is a certified Yamaha Instructor and has accredited certification in Music Therapy from Toho University.  www.pianoandazusa.com