Although they have been classically trained
at the Julliard School, they enjoy very diverse backgrounds. Machiko is
also a fine tap dancer, while Makia has been developing skills as a tech-savy
engineer alongside her career as a composer. The combination of such eclectic
talents is really a rare find.
These two musicians effortlessly jump between genres and bridge the gap
between analogue and digital sounds. Their repertoire covers a wide range
of musical styles, including jazz, tango, film music, world music, avant-garde,
electro-acoustic… Their curiosity is unlimited.
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MACHIKO OZAWA (violin/electric
Machiko Ozawa gave her debut recital at the Carnegie Weill Recital
Hall in February 2002 as a winner of Artist International Audition
in 2001. She was a soloist with C. W. POST Chamber Orchestra as
a first prize winner of its concerto competition in 2001. She was
featured as a soloist with Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra under
Jack Elliot at the Royce Hall in LA in 2000, as well as serving
as a concertmaster with Jerry Goldsmith, one of the most popular
composers of movie sound track in Hollywood.
Machiko began her musical studies playing piano at the age of three
and at the age of eight began studying violin. Her first performance
with the orchestra as a soloist is at Lino Hall in Tokyo with Tokyo
New City Orchestra when she was fourteen years old. She earned her
Bachelor’s degree at the Tokyo National University of Fine
Arts and Music (Tokyo Gei-dai) under Takashi Shimizu and Chikashi
Tanaka. After graduation she studied with Yfrah Neaman at Guildhall
Music School in London, where she received a diploma. She has also
received a Master’s degree at The Julliard School, where she
studied with Masao Kawasaki, Lewis Kaplan, and has been coached
by Jonathan Feldman, Earl Carless, Eugene Baker, and Joseph Kalichstein.
Although trained classically, Machiko now extends her musical range
to a variety of music styles including jazz improvisation, world
music and county music. As a founding member of JUSTADUO and Pablo
Quartet, she frequently performs at the major venues in US and Japan.
MAKIA MATSUMURA (piano/composition)
A native of Tokyo, Japan, Makia Matsumura started piano and composition
at the age of six. Her appearances as a pianist include the performances
with some established orchestras such as the Hungary National Symphony,
the Berlin Great Radio Orchestra and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.
As a composer, she has won numerous prizes and grants such as “First
Hearing” competition by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the
Henry Mancini Institute, and Yamada Music Foundation. She has performed
her original compositions extensively in and outside of Japan. Commissions
of composing include a work for solo marimba work premiered at the
Mallet Festival 2003 in Boston and a new work for Pablo Quartet
in their 2003 tour.
She has also been active in film/TV scoring; her music has been
heard on ABC News, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), and many
independent films and video productions.
She graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and
Music, where she studied with Atsutada Otaka (composition) and Haruhi
Hata (piano). In 1997 she moved to the US to further her studies
at The Julliard School. Her teachers include Christopher Rouse,
Samuel Adler, Edward Bilous, and Mari Kimura. Holding her master’s
degree from Julliard, Makia currently resides in New York City,
regularly commissioned new works for live performances and multimedia
productions as well as serving as a professional accompanist for
recitals and competitions.