Background

Brenda established her piano studio in Boulder in 1993. She has an extensive background as a teacher and performing artist. After graduating from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy: Process of Group Environments. Her philosophy and method of teaching are based on that of Dr. Guy Duckworth, Brenda’s mentor at the University of Colorado. She has taught students of all ages, and many have won competitions and have continued to study music in college. In addition to her studio, Brenda taught music history, music theory, and music appreciation at the University of Colorado, Denver from 1993 until 2007, and group piano at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas from 1978 to 1991. She graduated with Bachelor of Music and Master of Music Degrees from Northwestern University. Brenda’s background of performances includes concertos, solo recitals, and collaborations. With the Sierra Wind Quintet, she performed in Europe and in the United States, most notably in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She regularly collaborates with her husband, Yoshi Ishikawa, bassoonist and professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and has performed with him in Japan, China, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, England, Germany, Spain, and the United States. At the University of Colorado, Boulder she has performed with Yoshi and other members of the faculty in numerous Faculty Tuesdays recitals.

 

Beethoven Violin Sonata with Marisa Ishikawa

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