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3rd@1st Concert Series Junko Ueno Garrett Piano Concert "My Obsession: Robert Schumann and His Stories"

3rd@1st Concert Series Junko Ueno Garrett Piano Concert Pianist and Third@First Concert Series Artistic Coordinator Junko Ueno Garrett will share fascinating anecdotes around Schumann's life and music. Program will include Schumann's Kinderszenen Op. 15, Abegg-Variations Op. 1 and Carnaval Op. 9.

Artist Profile: Japan-born Junko Ueno Garrett has captivated audiences around the world with her colorful tone, poetry, expressiveness, dynamic technique, and wide range of repertoire. She began playing piano at the age of three, trained at the prestigious Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, and received a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Rice University in the United States. Junko received “The Japanese Consul General's Award” for her contributions to international relations and understanding between countries. She was chosen to tour to celebrate the 150 years of Us-Japan relationship and the 125 years of the Brazil-Japan relationship.

She is a versatile musician, active as an internationally acclaimed performer, an avid chamber musician, a concert producer, a music educator and mentor, and a competition adjudicator. In Los Angeles, she coordinates Third@First concert series ( where she performs frequently, and appears as a guest artist at LA Phil’s chamber music concerts, Music at Noon and KOT concert series. She will perform a solo concert at Kawai "Pause" in Tokyo in November, 2022.

She launched a weekly piano lesson video in Japanese on Youtube in July, 2020, and she has been receiving much acclaim. She continues producing a new video weekly and enjoys connecting with piano lovers in the Japanese speaking community (youtube channel junko ueno garrett). 

Under the culture exchange program of the Japan Foundation, Japanese Embassies and Consulate Generals of Japan, she has toured South and Central America in 2018, 2015, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2002, and 1999, including Brazil (Mozart Concerto No. 23 with Orquestra de EMBAP), Venezuela (Saint-Saens Concerto No. 2 with Orquesta Sinfonica Venezuela under Alfredo Rugeles), Ecuador (Chopin Concerto No. 2 with Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Ecuador under Medardo Caisabanda), Colombia’s Teatro Colón and Boyacá International Cultural Festival, Rio de Janeiro’s Musica no Museu at Mosteiro de Sao Bento, Brazil-Curitiba’s Capela Santa Maria, Argentina’s Teatro Gran Rex, Brasilia’s Teatro da Caixa, Peru’s Sociedad Filarmonica, Uruguay’s Auditorio Carlos Vaz Ferreira and Teatro Miguel Young, Costa Rica’s Teatro Eugene O’Neill, El Salvador’s Teatros Nacionals des San Salvador and Santa Ana, Cuba’s Basilica Menor del Convento, Chile’s Centro Cultural Las Condes, and Mexico City. In 2018 and 2016 she toured the East Coast and Midwest of the U. S. under the Japan Foundation’s culture program.

Her other engagements include performances at Radio France Fêtes Corréziennes en Musique, Musique de Chambre Le Chateau de Sedieres Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center New York’s UN, Charles Wang Center and Flushing Town Hall Boston’s Berklee College San Francisco’s Japan Center Kansas City’s Carlsen Center Denver’s King Academic Performing Arts Center Salt Lake City’s Libby Gardner Concert Hall Tampa’s Carrollwood Cultural Center Georgia’s Falany Performing Arts Center Houston’s Texas Music Festival Tucson Indiana Fairbanks Philadelphia Atlanta Idaho Falls Shreveport…. In the summers of 2009 and 2007, at the invitation of the U.S. State Department Junko toured in Japan as part of the Belrose Duo, performing and lecturing on American music. Other activities include concert tours to India introducing Western Music to Indian audiences. She often gives masterclasses where she performs, and gives recitals at universities.

She is a president of Pasadena Chapter of Music Teachers National Association (, and a frequent adjudicator for MTNA, CAPMT, MTAC, Southern California Junior Bach Festival, and Southwestern Youth Music Festival. She is a program coordinator of the Third@First Concert Series in Los Angeles. Junko holds a faculty position at Occidental College, and is a chamber music coach for Junior Chamber Music. She is a Kawai artist and lives in Los Angeles. Junko is a passionate Sumo advocate and a founder of the Los Angeles Sumo Fan Club.

Presenter / Producer: Junko Ueno Garrett

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Music > Classical
Music > Recitals - Instrumental

Event Phone: 626-796-0157

First United Methodist Church of Pasadena
500 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena CA 91101

Pasadena / San Gabriel Valley

Performance Dates: 2/18/2023
Saturday, 02/18/2023

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