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Athene release from Mariko Terashi

Japanese pianist Mariko Terashi is currently resident in the UK. She pursued her musical training in France from Catherine Collard and Yvonne Lefébure and now performs regularly on the UK concert platform, has appeared on Spanish TV, and collaborates with the Polish Orchestra Vita Activa.

Her upcoming album is one of baroque pieces, but performed on modern piano. The album was recorded by Nami Records, and released locally in Japan to great praise and will now see worldwide distribution with its summer 2018 release on the Athene label (ATH 23207) – our label for early and baroque works and ‘period instruments’.

Mariko has developed her own playing style that retains the poise and ornamentation of the original music, while exploiting the warmer timbre of the piano. Regarded as “offering fresh insights into the music”, she responds with “delicate nuance” and “tremendous emotional depth”.

Tomono Kawamura – ‘Reminiscence’

Tomono Kawamura has been working in London for some time, though currently living back in Japan, and is also a very popular performer on cruise ships. Her debut album, ‘Reminiscence’, reflects repertoire found in her shipboard concerts with a program of popular masterworks – and one or two rarities including the first recording of her own piece ‘Variations’.

‘Reminiscence’ will be issued on the Divine Art label (DDA 25170) in the summer.

Tomono was awarded a scholarship by the Yamaha Music Foundation, after studying at the Yamaha Music School starting at the age of 3, to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London. There she studied with Christopher Elton and the late Maria Curcio. She has appeared as a soloist throughout Asia, Europe and the UK in such venues as the Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, St. Martin in the Fields and the Wigmore Hall, London.

Music for two pianos…

… and percussion.  Bartok’s Concerto and Camilleri’s  Sonata,  for this combination, are joined by Stravinsky’s own 2-piano transcription of The Rite of Spring in another fine reissue from the Dunelm Records catalog. Murray McLachlan and Kathryn Page (pianos), Heather Corbett and Stephen Burke (percussion). To be issued at mid price (CD and digital) in April 2018.

Artist and album receive international awards

Pianist Burkard Schliessmann has been distinguished with the award of three Silver Medals at the 2017 Global Music Awards. Known as “music’s golden seal of approval”, the Global Music Awards honored Schliessmann as an instrumentalist and for ‘Outstanding Achievements as a Classical Artist’, as well as for his Divine Art album ‘Chronological Chopin’.