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Music @NYPL presents: Koh Kazama Classical Guitar
Musician Koh Kazama introduces the audience to the world of classical guitar and its unlimited possibilities. Kazama explains the background of the guitar and the musical pieces, while highlighting guitar sounds beyond the simple plucking of the strings. Explore music from various time periods and cultures, including Baroque, Romantic Spanish, and modern American and Latin music. This is a cultural and educational experience for all.
Kazama started his guitar studies at the age of six, after being inspired by watching a music video of a Japanese rock musician. He was a finalist of the Third Street Music School Concerto Competition, being the first guitarist in the school’s history to achieve this. He has been selected to play in master classes and workshops of renowned artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Manuel Barrueco, David Russell, Carlo Domeniconi, and Jorge Caballero.
He is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma in guitar performance at the Yale School of Music, where he is studying with Benjamin Verdery. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees from Yale.
Photo credit: Mei Kazama